If a Cub Scout has completed the second grade (or is 9 years old) and has earned the Bobcat Badge, they may start earning the Bear rank. They will continue to use the blue Cub Scout Uniform, but will now need a Bear neckerchief and neckerchief slide. This part of the Scout Trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the Scout to begin earning their Webelos rank after they complete third grade.
The Bear badge is earned by completing six required and one elective adventures. The required adventures will teach your Cub Scout about camping, knife safety, tools, nature, faith, and teamwork. There are a total of 13 elective adventures that might interest your Cub Scout 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 Cub Scout with their family outside of the Den, similar to the Wolf rank. The Bear program relies heavily on family involvement, but you will see this gradually change as the Cub Scout practices teamwork with their Den and takes on more individual responsibility as they grow into Webelos and Scouts.