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Advancement

Frequently Asked Questions (with answers)

C-1 What are common mistakes in the ceremony to present the Bobcat badge?

Once a scout meets the requirements, they are entitled to the badge. Do not add extra requirements before the badge can be worn.

C-2 What does a unit do if a youth is physically or mentally unable to complete some requirements?

Most actually can accomplish the requirements, with some patience on their part, their parents and their leaders. After all, the test is to do your best. If a youth cannot, the Cubmaster and pack committee may approve substitution electives for achievement requirements. It is best to include parents in this process. Before doing this, consult the Cub Scout Leader Book  and Working with Scouts with Disabilities booklet.

C-3 Who signs off for Cub Scout advancement requirements?

A key responsibility for den leaders is to implement the core den meeting plans as outlined in the  Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide, No. 34409. For Wolf, Bear, and Webelos advancement, den leaders take the lead in approving requirements, though their assistants, and also parents who help at meetings, may be asked to play the role of “Akela” and assist. Parents sign for requirements that, according to meeting plans and instructions in the handbooks, take place at home. For the Bobcat trail and Tiger Cub achievements, parents (or adult partners) should sign in the handbook; the den leader then approves as progress is recorded in the den’s advancement record.  Guide to Advancement