Ranks are determined by the Scouts' grade levels and/or ages.
Kindergartners are called Lions. First graders are called Tigers, Second graders are called Wolves, Third graders are called Bears, Fourth graders are called Webelos, and Fifth graders are called Webelos AOL (Arrow of Light). Boys or girls may join scouting at any level.
Each rank has established achievements that the Scouts must complete in order to advance to the next rank. The first rank every Scout must earn is the Bobcat.
As recognition is important to young children the Cub Scouting advancement plan provides fun for the kids, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members work with the scouts on advancement projects. Scouts are awarded beads, beltloops and special patches throughout the year to mark their progress.
Once a Scout completes the Webelo achievements and earns the Arrow of Light, s/he may choose to move on to and join a Scouting Troop.