Prototypes of Cub Scout New Recognition Devices

new cub scout recogntion devicesWith the changes to the Cub Scout program, there are also changes to the recognition devices.  Currently, our Tigers earn beads for their Tiger Cub Totem, Bears and Wolves earn beads for their Cub Scout Progress Toward Rank totem and Webelos earn their Compass Points and Emblem.  All of these were retired when the new program went into effect on June 1, 2015.  Now, we have new recognition devices to take their place.

The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program was retired, so we no longer have belt loops as they existed.  The new devices are loops that go over your belt.  They are awarded whenever a boy completes an adventure.

While I was at the training class at Philmont, we got to see the prototypes of the new recognition devices.  I thought you might be interested in seeing them too.  I do need to apologize for the photos because they aren’t the best quality.   I wanted to straighten the devices and the labels before I took the pictures, but there were too many folks trying to take pictures at the same time.  I decided they probably wouldn’t appreciate my moving the devices around while they were snapping pictures!  :)

tiger core

Tiger Required Adventures

tiger electives

Tiger Elective Adventures

wolf required adventures

Wolf Required Adventures

wolf elective adventures

Wolf Elective Adventures

bear required adventures

Bear Required Adventures

Bear Elective Adventures

Bear Elective Adventures

Webelos Required Adventures

Webelos Required Adventures


Arrow of Light Required Adventures

Arrow of Light Required Adventures


Webelos & Arrow of Light Elective Adventures

Webelos & Arrow of Light Elective Adventures

The Webelos and Arrow of Light devices are made to be worn on the Webelos colors or on the hat.  If you’ll notice, these prototypes were too large for the colors.  The final versions are smaller so that they will fit.

I know that many of you have questions about the cost of these items.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any answers for you.  The prices weren’t finalized, so they couldn’t be shared with us during the class.

What do you think about these?

Yours in Scouting,

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14 thoughts on “Prototypes of Cub Scout New Recognition Devices

  1. Sarah Kirchmann

    Thank you for sharing these and letting us get a glimpse into the future of Cubs! It’s going to be interesting implementing this new program, but I’m super excited!

    1. Sherry Post author

      Hi, Sarah! When you jump in, I think you’ll find it’s not hard at all! In fact, I think we’ll all realize it’s actually a little easier with the improvements to the leader guides.

      I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who’s excited! It’s going to be a great improvement, I think! :)

  2. Roy

    I actually like the new recognition devices for the Tigers, Wolves and Bears. We were always losing the beads and sometimes even the totem with the old system. Of course, we will still be losing neckerchief slides, but they are a little easier to find.

    I was hoping the Webelos and Arrow of Light would do something similar, as the backs keep coming off of the pins and they get lost. Boys usually leave the colors at home so they don’t lose the pins. Or they don’t wear the uniform because they don’t want to take a chance of losing the pins. If these items were made like safety pins instead of stick pins, I think it would help. As adults, we occasionally lose the backs to pins like these. How do we expect a 10-year old to keep up with them?

    A lot of people are angry about the new scouts being able to earn Arrow of Light in less than a year. But if you look at the requirements, I don’t see that happening very often. There are still seven different achievements that have to be accomplished, and I just don’t see many scouts being that driven. Time will tell.

    Thank you for all of your awesome ideas!


    1. Sherry Post author

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Roy! I agree–AOL has the same number of adventures that Webelos has, so it isn’t easier or quicker.

      One point that was made when I went to Philmont was that there is no requirement that boys get their rank badges in February at your Blue & Gold banquet. What I found in our pack was that dens tended to slow down a bit when we gave rank advancement in February. So, we now have our Blue & Gold rank advancement banquet in April, and it’s worked out well! We have had Arrow of Light ceremonies in February, but with the changes, we’ll probably need to do it later.

  3. Laura

    Thanks so much for this good information! I think it’s a real improvement to have the core and elective achievements represented by belt loops instead of beads! What a good idea. A cub scout can understand what he’s accomplished and tell people about it with a visual like that. when he gets a bead it’s a pretty abstract concept.
    I also really like how the WeBeLos achievements are shape coded, Diamonds for cord, Triangles (arrows?) for AoL , and ovals for electives. Ingenious!
    the pictures are fine. thanks for taking them.

  4. Angela D


    So glad u brought back all this great info for us :) One question, since you hold your B&G in April (another great idea) do you do anything in February to celebrate the Birthday of Scouting?

  5. Becky

    I’m not as excited about the new recognition items. The cost on the current belt loops is really prohibitive to our group and now it looks like that’s the way things are headed. I for one am disappointed. I’ve had 2 scouts already through the Cub Scout program – both earned Arrow of Light and one is in the middle of his Eagle project and the other just moved up to Boy Scouts. One boy left to go through …

  6. Paul

    I’m a Webelos Leader with a Web I den right now. We are well on track to earning the Webelos badge for most of the boys by June and suspect we will move toward the new program. Something I’ve been asked that I’m hoping someone knows is what happens to the Super Achiever award? Is that still earned in the new program or does it go away?

    1. Sherry Post author

      Until I went to Philmont, I didn’t know that the Webelos Super Achiever award is not an official BSA award. It is one that was developed and adopted by individual councils. So, the individual councils will need to make a decision about the award. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  7. Amy

    Thanks for all of the information. I know that you said that the Compass Points and Emblem will be going away with this new program, but I was wondering if it will still be available to the boys sticking with the old program to complete the Webelos program? My Webelos have been working very hard this year to achieve the Emblem by the end of the year and many have it as a goal to earn all of the points by the end of next year.

  8. Tom Hood

    So basically, BSA has come with away for Packs to have start paying significantly more for awards. This may not seem like a big deal for big Packs with huge support networks, but for little Packs like mine that are just struggling to get by, this is going to be tough.

    1. Sherry Post author

      Tom, I know this is tough. Does your pack currently pay for belt loops? If so, it may not be as big of an impact as it seems–you’ll be buying adventure loops rather than belt loops.

      What kinds of fundraising does your pack do? Our pack uses a combination of dues and fundraising to cover our costs.

      Thanks for reading!


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