Cub Scout
Academics Program

Art Belt Loop Astronomy Belt Loop Chess Belt Loop Citizenship Belt Loop Collecting Belt Loop
Art Astronomy Chess Citizenship Collecting
Communicating Belt Loop Computers Belt Loop Disabilities Awareness Belt Loop Geography Belt Loop
Communicating Computers Disabilities Awareness Family Travel Geography
Geology Belt Loop Good Manners Belt Loop Heritages Belt Loop Language and Culture Belt Loop Map and Compass Belt Loop
Geology Good Manners Heritages Language and Culture Map and Compass
Mathematics Belt Loop Music Belt Loop Nutrition Belt Loop Pet Care Belt Loop Photography Belt Loop
Mathematics Music Nutrition Pet Care Photography
Reading and Writing Belt Loop Science Belt Loop Video Games Belt Loop Weather Belt Loop Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop
Reading and Writing Science Video Games Weather Wildlife Conservation

The information below was effective through May 31, 2015, when the Cub Scout advancement program was completely revised.

As part of the program changes, the Cub Scout Academics program, including all of the Belt Loops and Pins shown here, was discontinued as of June 1, 2015.

The Academics Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts. It is not part of the normal requirements towards ranks. Its purpose is to assist the Scouts in learning a new skill, or improving one they already posses. Many of the Academic belt loops can be used by Webelos Scouts when working on various Activity Badges.

Loops and pins can be are earned by Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts.

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment.

Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners.

Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Complete details on using the academics program are contained in the
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide (#34299).

Recognitions can be earned for the following 25 academic areas:

Art, Astronomy, Chess, Citizenship, Collecting, Communicating, Computers, Disabilities Awareness, Family Travel, Geography, Geology, Good Manners, Heritages, Language and Culture, Map and Compass, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, Pet Care, Photography, Reading and Writing, Science, Video Games, Weather, and Wildlife Conservation

The awards for Astronomy, Collecting, Language and Culture, Geology, and Map and Compass, were added in September, 2002.

The awards for Disabilities Awareness, Family Travel, Good Manners, Nutrition, Pet Care, Photography, Reading and Writing, and Video Games were added in November, 2009, and most of the other subjects had revisions to the requirements.

Academics Belt Loops

The Cub Scout Academics Belt Loops shown above are worn on the navy blue Cub Scout belt. They will not fit on the khaki (olive) Boy Scout / Webelos belt. Webelos may continue to wear the blue belt on their uniforms.

Academics belt loops for each subject may be earned once within each rank.

Academics belt loops are earned by the Cub by meeting the requirements listed.

Academics Pins

The Cub Scout Academics Pins are worn on civilian clothes only. The pins are triangular in shape. The designs for the various pins are shown on the belt loops for each subject.

Academics pins are given in each subject for Cub Scouts to recognize academic development

The Academics Pin for a specific subject may be earned once within each rank.

Academics pins are earned by meeting the appropriate requirements.


We have prepared worksheets that can be used (if desired) to document the work on each of the Academics Belt Loops and Pins. 

ZIP File of ALL available worksheets
(Large Files!)
DOC files PDF Files

Page updated on: May 01, 2015

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