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The Wolf Trail

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Cub Scout Promise

I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.

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wolf-badgeThe Wolf Trail is a big adventure that the Boy Scouts of America hopes all boys will complete!

The Bobcat trail has only seven tracks; the Wolf’s trail is much longer than the Bobcat’s. Details regarding the completion of the achievements and associated electives can be found in the BSA Wolf Cub Scout Book.

When a boy’s parent has okayed the tracks your boy has filled in for all twelve achievements in his Wolf handbook, he may become a Wolf Cub Scout. The Progress Towards Ranks badge is available as an incentive during the Wolf program to encourage a Cub on his achievement work. How quickly a boy progresses is up to him and you. He should do his best to complete each track, that’s part of the promise he made to become a Bobcat and it is the Cub Scout Motto - DO YOUR BEST. Don’t "okay" a track if you both know he can do a better job. Go on to something else, then come back to the problem track. The important thing is to keep him interested.

The Wolf Achievements

When a boy has completed forty-nine of these sixty-two achievements through all twelve parts of the Wolf trail, he has earned the right to wear the Wolf badge. The badge should be ceremoniously presented as soon as possible at an upcoming Pack meeting. There is also a very special award that Cub Scouts can earn. By completing a specific set of conservation-related achievements and electives a Wolf Cub can earn International Scouting's World Conservation Award. Earning this award allows Scouts of all ages to heighten their awareness and appreciation of nature and the environment.

After earning his Wolf badge, a boy can begin working on his Wolf electives to earn his gold and silver Arrow Points.

Earning Arrow Points

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"For Completion of Wolf Electives"

Electives are not like achievements. A Wolf Cub Scout can pick any requirement he likes from the electives and do it. When he has completed ten elective requirements, he has earned his first Arrow Point - a gold one. Only one gold arrow point may be earned during the Wolf year, and one during the Bear year. It is worn ¾” below and centered under the current rank badge (Wolf and Bear).

After earning a Gold Arrow Point, a Cub may complete ten more requirements to earn a Silver Arrow Point. Under his Wolf badge, he may wear as many Silver Arrow Points as he earns. They are worn in rows of two below, centered, and touching the Gold Arrow Point or previously earned Silver Arrow Points for each rank.


Recognizing a Cub’s Progress on the Wolf Trail

Your boy doesn’t have to wait until he completes his entire Wolf trail before being recognized for his work. As a Wolf, when he completes any three achievements, his den leader can present the Progress Toward Ranks patch to him. It’s a diamond with a leather (or plastic) thong attached and a gold bead attached to one end. It is worn on the button of the right shirt pocket. Each time the boy completes three achievements he will receive another gold bead. After he gets his fourth gold bead, he will receive his Wolf badge at a pack meeting.

Progress Towards Ranks

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"Immediate Wolf Recognition"