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Webelos to Boy Scouts

Webelos to Boy Scout General Knowledge Items


General Knowledge

Following are items that all Webelos Scouts are required to know in order to transition smoothly to Boy Scouts.



Understanding the Requirements for joining Boy Scouts

Working on the Webelos badge helps you find out, about values important to Boy Scouts and things they know, including the Scout Oath and Law. By practicing the Boy Scout salute, sign, and handclasp now, you'll already know them when you become a Boy Scout.



Meaning of the Webelos Badge


Webelos Badge




The Meaning of the Webelos Badge

The emblem is made up of a gold Scout badge with a blue "W," for Webelos, on it. It shows that the boy is moving from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.



Webelos Uniform


Webelos Uniforms





The Parts of the Webelos uniform

Webelos Scouts may wear either the blue uniform they wore as Cub Scouts or the khaki and tan uniform they will wear as Boy Scouts. The Scout and his family decide which one he will wear. With the tan shirt, blue loops are worn on the epaulets, to represent Cub Scouting.

With either uniform, Webelos Scouts wear three special parts - the Webelos cap, Webelos neckerchief, and Webelos neckerchief slide. The cap is in two shades of blue and has the Webelos emblem on the front. The neckerchief is a red plaid, and the slide has the Webelos emblem on it.

When and when NOT to wear the Webelos uniform

  Wear your uniform:
  • To all den meetings and pack meetings.
  • On campouts and other den activities.
  • At den service projects.
  • During Anniversary Week in February.
  The Webelos uniform may NOT be worn:
  • When you are involved in any distinctly political activity
  • When you are appearing on the stage professionally
  • When you are participating in demonstrations not authorized by the Boy Scouts of America.


Scout Oath or Promise


Scout Oath or Promise

  On my honor I will do my best  
  To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;  
  To help other people at all times;  
  To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.  

The Meaning of the Scout Oath

When you say On my honor, that's like saying "I promise." It also means you are the kind of person who always tries to do what is right and you can be trusted to keep this promise. No one can take your honor from you, but you can throw it away by breaking your promise and doing what you know is wrong.    Notice that the Scout Oath has three basic parts. Let's look at what they mean.


Your family and religious leaders teach you to know and serve God. By following these teachings, you do your duty to God.     Men and women of the past worked to make America great, and many gave their lives for their country. By being a good family member and a good citizen, by working for your country's good and obeying its laws, you do your duty to your country. Obeying the Scout Law means living by its 12 points. The Scout Law is explained below.


Many people need help. A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a Good Turn daily and helping when you're needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world.


Keeping yourself physically strong means taking good care of your body. Eat the right foods and build your strength. Staying mentally awake means learn all you can, be curious, and ask questions. Being morally straight means to live your life with honesty, to be clean in your speech and actions, and to be a person of strong character.  



The Scout Law


Scout Law

  A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  

The Meaning of the Scout Law

The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. He does his best to live up to the Law. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.

A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

A Scout is LOYAL.
A Scout is true to his family,
friends, Scout leaders, school, nation, and the community of the world.

A Scout is HELPFUL.
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

A Scout is FRIENDLY.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts
, and all the people of the world. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.

A Scout is polite to everyone. He knows that good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

A Scout is KIND.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He
is not cruel to living things.

A Scout is OBEDIENT.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

A Scout is CHEERFUL.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

A Scout is THRIFTY.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for
the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

A Scout is BRAVE.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

A Scout is CLEAN.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He
admires those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

A Scout is REVERENT.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.



The Scout Motto


Scout Motto

  Be Prepared  

The Meaning of the Scout Motto

The Scout motto is "Be Prepared." Someone once asked Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, "Be prepared for what?" Baden-Powell replied, "Why, for any old thing." That's just the idea. The Scout motto means that you are always ready to do your duty and to face danger, if necessary, to help others.



The Scout Slogan


Scout Slogan

  Do A Good Turn Daily  

The Meaning of the Scout Slogan

This does not mean that you are supposed to do one Good Turn during the day and then stop. On the contrary - it means you do at least one Good Turn a day. It means looking for opportunities to help and then helping, quietly and without boasting

Remember always that a Good Turn is an extra act of kindness, not just something you do because it is good manners



The Scout Sign


Scout Sign

   BSA, 1990  

The Meaning of the Scout Sign

The Scout sign identifies you as a Scout anywhere in the world. Use it whenever you give the Scout Oath or Scout Law.

The three upraised fingers stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath. The thumb and little finger together stand for the bond between all Scouts



The Scout Salute


Scout Salute

   BSA, 1990  

The Meaning of the Scout Salute

The Scout salute signifies respect and courtesy. You use it to salute the flag of the United States of America. During some ceremonies, you may also salute your Webelos leaders or Boy Scout leaders.

To give the Scout salute, place the fingers of your right hand in position as for the Scout sign. Bring the hand smartly up to your head, palm sideways, until your forefinger touches the edge of your cap above the right eye or, if you are capless, your forehead above the right eye. When the salute is completed, snap your hand down quickly to your side.



The Scout Handclasp


Scout Handclasp

   BSA, 1990  

The Meaning of the Scout Handclasp

To give the Scout handclasp, use your left hand instead of the right. Do not interlock your fingers. The Scout handclasp is a token of friendship. That's why you use your left hand-the one nearest your heart.



The Scout Badge


Scout Badge


The Meaning of the Scout Badge

When we speak of the Scout badge, we mean the badge of the First Class Boy Scout. It is shown here.

  • The three-point design of the top half of the badge is like the north point of the old sailor's compass.

  • The main part of the badge shows that a Scout is able to point the right way in life as truly as the compass points it in the field.

  • The three points, like the three fingers in the Scout sign, stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath to which a boy pledges himself as a Boy Scout.

  • The stars symbolize the ideals of truth and knowledge of the Scouting movement. They guide you by night and suggest a Scout's outdoor life.

  • The eagle with the shield is the national emblem of the United States of America. It stands for freedom and readiness to defend that freedom.

  • The scroll with the Scout motto is turned up at the ends to suggest the corners of a Scout's mouth raised in a smile as he does his duty.

  • The knot attached to the bottom of the scroll is to remind you that, as a Boy Scout, you promise to do a Good Turn for someone every day.



The Outdoor Code


Outdoor Code


As an American, I will do my best to:



Be clean in my outdoor manners



Be careful with fire



Be considerate in the outdoors, and



Be conservation minded.


The Meaning of the Outdoor Code

As a Boy Scout, you will spend a lot of time camping and hiking. So it is important that you learn how to behave outdoors. Be careful not to litter. Keep your cooking fires under control. Take good care of nature so that Americans who come after you can enjoy it, too.

Scouting's Outdoor Code tells Scouts how to behave outdoors. Read it with your den leader and talk over what it means.