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From Webelos to Boy Scout


An IMPROVED Method of Webelos to Scout Transition

(Posted 10/27/2017)


Cub Scouting takes place largely in the family. Beginning Tigers must be under the age of 8, have completed kindergarten or be in the first grade or be age 7. Wolf and Bear Scouts must have completed the first grade but not completed third grade or be age 8 or 9. And Webelos Scouts must have completed third grade but not completed fifth grade or age 10 but not yet 11 1/2.

Boy Scouting is designed for boys ages 11 through 17, who are old enough to be on their own in the out-of-doors. While adults serve as key leaders, Boy Scouts hold leadership positions and plan the troop's program.


The passage from Cub Scout pack to Boy Scout troop should be smooth, with no time lost in between. By the time Webelos Scouts are ready to cross over, they and their families should be familiar and comfortable with the youth and adult leaders of the troop, their role in the troop and troop activities, and feel excited about beginning this new adventure. The Webelos Scout's graduation ceremony should clearly signify his transition to a new level of Scouting, and could include the presentation of his Arrow of Light badge, a Boy Scout Handbook, and a troop neckerchief.


A Webelos Scout who has earned the Arrow of Light rank has now completed all the requirements for the Scout badge and may join a Boy Scout troop.


The key factor to successful Webelos transition is the ongoing working relationship of the leaders of a Cub Scout pack and a Boy Scout troop. Ideally a community organization would have both a pack and a troop with leaders who work together to help move Webelos Scouts into a Boy Scout troop the same way schools move students from elementary school to middle school.


For an overview of the process, from the perspective of the various key people and groups (Pack, Troop, Commissioner, District Membership Chair), click here.


Webelos to Scout Transition Brochure


Scouting Magazine Article - How to Have a Smooth and Successful Webelos Transition


Learn About a Troop Open House