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Webelos Requirements Comparison Document

webelos requirements comparison

Wondering how the old Webelos requirements compare to the new requirements?  I have a great resource to share with you, courtesy of Dave Aronson and Jennifer Kinman from the North Shore District, Capitol Area Council.

Thanks so much to Dave and Jennifer for their work and for sharing this with us!

The document is a spreadsheet that lists each requirement for each Webelos and Arrow Light adventure.  If that specific requirement had an equivalent in the old program, it will tell you what that requirement was.  It also maps the new requirements to any belt loops or pins.

Click the link below to download the spreadsheet.

Webelos Requirements Comparison Document

For example, in the Building a Better World adventure, requirement 1 is:

Explain the history of the United States flag. Show how to properly display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony.

The spreadsheet tells you that this is equivalent to requirement 3 in the old Citizen activity badge.

Another example is Earth Rocks! requirement 1a which was requirement 9 for the Geologist activity badge and requirement 1 for the Geology belt loop.

If a requirement was not in the old program, you'll see it listed as “new.”  The spreadsheet also shows you which requirements in the old program do not have an equivalent in the new program.

Here are a few situations where the spreadsheet can help:

  • Use it to plan a campout or other event where both Webelos 1s (working on the new program) and Webelos 2s (who are the old program) are attending.   You can plan activities that benefit both groups.
  • Use it if your Webelos 2s are working on the old program, and  you have new 5th graders who will be working on the new program.  You'll know what can be done to meet requirements for both.
  • It's also interesting just to see what's new and what's still in the program.

I do want to caution you about two things.

  1. This is not an official Boy Scouts of America document.  It's a helpful resource that was created by some great volunteers.
  2. The Webelos requirements should be completed during your Cub Scout's Webelos year.  They can't count activities they did before they became Webelos.  For example, if your son earned the photography belt loop when he was a Wolf, you can't say that he has completed the Art Explosion requirement 3h.
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The Flying Giraffes Den Flag – Philmont 2014

In addition to Dave and Jennifer, a big thank you goes out to Allan Pape!  Allan and I were in the Flying Giraffes den at the 2014 Philmont training session that introduced the new program.  That's our cool den flag! 🙂

I found out about this great tool from Allan.  Of course, he reminded me that the Capitol Area Council is in “Texas, y'all.”  🙂

What other uses for the spreadsheet can you think of?

Yours in Scouting,



Wednesday 20th of September 2017

I am planning to use this to easily "translate" requirements which were completed at an evening camp so we have an ongoing history of what has been done each year of the camp. Is there a similar spreadsheet for the other ranks?


David Aronson

Thursday 21st of September 2017

I am glad it is useful for you! I only went through the Webelos ranks. I am sure a similar spreadsheet could be done for the other ranks but I didn't do that. I was shocked and honored that someone still thought it was useful.


Sunday 17th of January 2016

I am unable to open the spread sheet wondering if someone would mind emailing it to me [email protected] thanks


Sunday 17th of January 2016

Just sent it!

Tim Oates

Wednesday 4th of November 2015

I want to thank whomever made this spreadsheet. These are the items that makes it easier on the cub scout leadership. Thank you for putting it together.

Dave Aronson

Tuesday 10th of November 2015

I am happy it is useful for you. I did it for myself initially and thought others might find it useful for others.


Sunday 8th of November 2015

I agree! I'm glad they let me share it with you.