CUB SCOUTS ACADEMICS & SPORTS RECOGNITION
Academic Belt loops and Pins
Sports Belt loops and Pins
Awards order form
The Cub Scouts Academics and Sports Program is one method of addressing the
third aim of Scouting: the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness.
Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and
solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect). As in
most activities in Cub Scouting, this is not meant to be a highly competitive
program, instead, the boys are encouraged to DO THEIR BEST.
The Academic and Sports Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts. It is
not part of the normal requirements towards ranks (except where used in obtaining
the WEBELOS Aquanaut, Sportsman, and Athlete activity badges). Its purpose is to
assist the Scouts in learning a new skill, or improving one they already posses.
A variety of recognition items are available for the boys (Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, or
WEBELOS Scouts) who participate in the program. (Adults are NOT awarded with
belt loops or pins.)
Belt loops are awarded to boys who complete the three belt loop requirements in an
academic subject or sport. Academic belt loops are gold, and Sports belt loops are
silver (except for the Archery and BB-gun Shooting belt loops, which are brass
Pins are awarded to boys who choose to continue their involvement in an
Academics or Sports area and earn the pin by meeting the appropriate
requirements. Pins are worn on the Cub Scout Academic and Sports letter .
The Academic and Sports letter (pictured above) is available to boys for displaying
Academics and Sports pins that Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and WEBELOS Scouts
earn. The letter, a large Blue and Gold "C", representing Cub Scouts can be worn
on a sweater or jacket, or displayed or framed. It does NOT go on the uniform.
There are NO specific requirements for earning the letter, as it is designed merely
to display the pins.
There are also Pocket Certificates, Activity Medals, and Trophies, and the
Participation Emblem (pictured above), which can be awarded as the Pack decides.
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is a supplemental enrichment
program that complements the existing Cub Scout program. The Academics
subjects and, Sports activities allow boys to learn new techniques, increase
scholarship skills, develop sportsmanship - and have fun. Boys participating in the
program will be recognized for enjoying teamwork, developing physical fitness, and
discovering and building new talents. The Academics and Sports program
encourages a boy to do his best.
Concepts and Guideline - The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is based
on the following concepts and guidelines:
The program supplements the existing advancement and recognition program for
Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and WEBELOS Scouts; it does not replace it. The
program is one element of Cub Scouting, as are den and pack meetings, day camp,
and other activities. All registered Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and WEBELOS Scouts
have an opportunity to participate in the Academics and Sports program.
Participation may take place at home, with the family, or within a den, a pack, or the
community. Adult participation by a parent or adult relative, if possible, is strongly
recommended for Cub Scouts and WEBELOS Scouts and is required for
Emphasis is placed on introducing a boy to a sport or academic subject, allowing
him to participate in it and encouraging him to do his best. The Academics and
Sports program focuses on learning and skill development, not winning.
The primary focus of the program is on scholarship and sportsmanship.
Each Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and WEBELOS Scout will be presented with the
appropriate recognition item for completing the requirements, whether he does so
as an individual Scout, with his family, with his den
or pack, or in his school or community.
The Academics portion of the program covers a variety of subjects, including art,
chess, citizenship, communicating, computers, geography, heritages, mathematics,
music, science, weather, and wildlife conservation.
The Sports portion of the program includes summer and winter sports, indoor and
outdoor sports, active and less-active sports, and team and individual sports.
Cub Scouts who have disabilities may select their own activities and design their
own fitness or academic program with the help of a physician, teacher, or parent.
The Purposes of Cub Scouting
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program relates directly to the nine purposes
of Cub Scouting:
Positively influencing a boy's character development and encouraging spiritual
growth. Helping boys develop habits and attitudes of good citizenship. Encouraging
good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body. Improving
understanding within the family. Strengthening the ability to get along with other
boys and to respect other people. Fostering a sense of personal achievement by
helping boys develop new interests and skills. Showing how to be helpful and do
one's best. Providing fun and exciting new things to do. Preparing boys to become
Cub Scout Academics Program - currently, recognition can be earned
for the following 17 academic areas:
Art, Astronomy, Chess, Citizenship, Collecting, Communicating, Computers,
Language and Culture, Geography, Geology, Heritages, Map and Compass,
Mathematics, Music, Science, Weather, and Wildlife Conservation
In September, 2002, awards for Astronomy, Collecting, Language and Culture,
Geology, and Map and Compass, were added.
Cub Scout Sports Program
Currently, recognition can be earned for the following 23 sports:
Archery, BB-Gun, Badminton, Baseball. Basketball, Bicycling, Bowling, Fishing, Flag
Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Skating, Marbles, Physical Fitness, Roller Skating,
Snow Ski and Board Sports, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis,
In September, 2002, awards for Flag Football were added, plus Skating (roller and
ice) was replaced with separate awards for Ice Skating and Roller Skating, and
Skiing was replaced with Snow Ski and Board Sports. In addition, the requirements
for Swimming and Bicycling were revised.
The Shooting Sports belt loops and pins (Archery and BB Shooting) can only be
earned under BSA range trained supervision. The BB Shooting loop and pin MUST
be earned at a BSA facility range.