The Wolf Trail

To earn the Wolf rank a Cub Scout must complete the requirements below.  Your scout will need a Wolf Handbook to begin his trail.  Below is an outline of the material covered in the handbook. 

Note: If the Cub Scout has not previously earned the Bobcat Badge, it must be earned before the scout hits the Trail toward his Wolf Badge.

Your Wolf den will have opportunities to participate in Pack meetings. Prepare your scouts by having them ready to perform a couple of Skits and lead the pack in some Games. By having a Wolf favorite ready, your scouts will look good, have fun, and increase their confidence through leading the pack.

Leaders Tip: Choose 2 skits and games before September and do them at your first den meeting. Don't wait until your Cubmaster calls on you for a skit.

Leaders Tip: Our Pack awards the Wolf badge at our March Pack meeting. If you begin your Wolf program in September, this means you have l6 months to complete the Wolf requirements. You must plan out what requirements your den will do and make a Schedule so everyone knows what is expected. A calendar kept up to date helps families keep track of their scouting commitments.


Wolf Advancement
Wolf Scouts do adventures described in their Wolf handbook that advance them towards their Wolf rank. By completing seven adventures, the Wolf rank is earned.

Wolf Rank Requirements:

  1. Complete each of the following Wolf required adventures with your den or family:
    1. Call of the Wild
    2. Council Fire
    3. Duty to God Footsteps
    4. Howling at the Moon
    5. Paws on the Path
    6. Running With the Pack
  2. Complete one Wolf elective adventure of your den or family's choosing from this list: Adventures in CoinsAir of the Wolf,Code of the WolfCollections and HobbiesCubs Who Care,Digging in the PastFinding Your WayGerms Alive!Grow SomethingHometown HeroesMotor AwayPaws of Skill,Spirit of the Water
  3. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide and earn the Cyber Chip award for your age.*

* If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your parent or guardian.

Akela is the name given to the Cub Scout's parent or guardian, the caring adult guiding him along his Cub Scouting trail. Akela is responsible for acknowledging completion of each adventure requirement by signing and dating the appropriate spot in the Wolf's handbook. There is also a spot for the Wolf Den Leader to sign for each requirement. The Adventure Tracking pages in the back of the Wolf handbook can be used by the Wolf to track his progress all in one spot, and some dens use advancement charts or den doodles to publicly display advancement.

A Wolf that has fulfilled his rank requirements still has a lot more adventure waiting for him. He can continue to complete elective adventures with his Akela or his den, or at district and council hosted events. Some scouts set a goal to earn the remaining dozen adventure belt loops before moving on to a Bear den.