If a Cub Scout has completed the second grade (or is 9 years old) and has earned the Bobcat Badge, he may start earning the Bear rank. He will continue to use the blue Cub Scout Uniform, but will now need a Bear neckerchief and neckerchief slide. This part of the boy scout trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the scout to begin earning his Webelos rank after he completes third grade.
The Bear badge is earned by completing six required and one elective adventures. The required adventures will teach your scout about camping, knife safety, tools, nature, faith, and teamwork. There are a total of 13 elective adventures that might interest your scouts and numerous electives can be completed throughout the year. A belt loop will be awarded for each adventure your scout completes.
Much of the advancement for the Bear rank is done by the scout with his family outside of the den, similarly to the Wolf rank. The Bear program relies heavily on family involvement, but you will see this gradually change with the scout doing more with his den and more individual direction as he reaches Webelos and Boy Scouts.