The Bear Cub Scout program is for boys who have completed second grade (or are age 9).
After earning the Bobcat badge, a boy may earn the Bear badge by completing 12 achievements in four different categories: God, Country, Family, and Self.
Often, den meeting activities enable the Bear Cub Scouts to complete requirements toward an award or rank. The den leader can initial the requirement in the boys' handbooks, but it must also be signed by a parent or guardian to indicate the requirement has been completed. The Den Chief helps lead the meetings. The Denners and Assistant Den Leaders lead Opening and Closing flag ceremonies and help with setup and cleanup.
After he has earned the Bear badge, a boy is encouraged to work on any of 100 Bear Electives projects. When he completes 10 elective projects, he earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, he earns a Silver Arrow Point.