A boy who has completed the second grade (or is 9 years old) is eligible to begin work on the Bear rank. To earn the Bear rank, the Scout must complete 12 achievements out of a possible 24 that are offered in the scout handbook. The achievements are grouped into four major themes, GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY, and SELF. These 12 Achievements are divided into 116 separate tasks of which 80 must be completed. These achievements are completed both at home and during den meetings which typically take place twice a month.
If the Cub Scout has not previously earned the Bobcat Badge, it must be earned first.