Arrow of Light Rank Advancement

Here’s How to Help Your Scout Advance!


The Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, prepares a Webelos Scout to join a Scouts BSA troop. Fifth Grade Scouts must complete four required adventures, plus one elective adventure from the Webelos handbook, and complete the Cyber Chip award for their age.  

The required adventures are:

  • Building a Better World covers citizenship, flag etiquette, laws, governments, budgets and stewardship.
  • Outdoor Adventurer is all about outdoor adventures, like camping and camping skills safely and with fun.
  • Duty to God in Action will often be an at-home because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family and everyone's duty is different.
  • Scouting Adventure covers basic Scouting knowledge, plus troop visit and troop operations knowledge and a Troop outdoor activity.

The 18 elective adventures are the same as the ones available for the Webelos Rank: Adventures In Science, Aquanaut, Art Explosion, Aware and Care, Build It, Build My Own Hero, Castaway, Earth Rocks, Engineer, Fix It, Game Design, Into the Wild, Into the Woods, Looking Back, Looking Forward, Maestro!, Moviemaking, Project Family and Sports.

After finishing the requirements for an adventure, the den leader, rather than a parent, approves most of the adventures, unless the den leader delegates that role (and during this pandemic period, parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family may sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements).  On completing each adventure completed, Scouts receive a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on their hat.

More information about doing the Arrow of Light adventures at home with your Scout is found on the Scouting on Demand “Arrow of Light on Demand” resource page – even more resources are available at this Arrow of Light resource page, which has both fun den group activity ideas plus family-led adventure resources (simple plans, videos, tips and more, like those in the adventure by adventure links above) for parents to do on their own schedules.

After earning the Arrow of Light badge, your Scout is ready to join a Scouts BSA Troop! The Arrow of Light is the only Cub Scout rank badge that can be worn on the Scouts BSA uniform.