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.

Scouts will receive a pin for each adventure completed. In addition, the Scout must be active in the den for at least six months since completing the fourth grade or for at least six months since becoming 10 years old.

After earning the Arrow of Light badge, your youth 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. More information about Arrow of Light adventures is available at this Arrow of Light resource page, with ideas for dens to do as a group and Family-Led Adventure resources for parents to complete on their own schedules.