The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade (or are 9). Some packs present the Bear book and neckerchief when a boy is eligible to begin work on this rank. There are 24 Bear achievements in four different categories. He must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf. When he has earned his Bear badge, he may work on electives in the Big Bear Cub Scout Book for credit toward Bear arrow points. He may also complete additional elective credit requirements from the 12 achievements he did not use in earning his Bear rank. His parent approves his work and signs his book.
When he completes third grade (or is 10), a Cub Scout may graduate in a pack ceremony to the Webelos den.