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Cub Recognition Opportunties


Academics and Sports Program

The Academics and Sports program gives Cub Scouts extra recognition activities to earn. In Academics subjects and Sports, Cub Scouts learn new skills, become better scholars, learn sportsmanship, and have fun. You can get to know a sport or an academic subject that’s new to you –maybe astronomy, chess, computers, science; golf, hiking, tennis, or skateboarding to name a few in the program.

Belt loops and pins are a great way to help fulfill the aims of Scouting—build character, develop citizenship, and encourage mental and physical fitness.  Through a variety of subjects, you can stretch your mind and abilities by exploring the wonders of science, learning about the world, and expanding skills in new areas.

This is a chance to try something new, do your best, and earn recognition all at the same time.


Academics and Sports Belt Loops

You earn a belt loop to wear with your uniform when you complete three specific requirements for each Academics or Sports activity. You can take part in three ways: (1) by yourself or with your family, (2) in your den or pack, or (3) in school.

Art Astronomy Chess Citizenship Collecting
Communicating Computers Disability 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 Wildlife Conservation




Additional Recognitions

Besides the belt loops and pins, there are other kinds of recognitions for the Academics and Sports program. These include pocket cards, medals, trophies, and a program emblem.

For all of your recognition needs visit your Local council service center, Scout Shop or online at www.scoutstuff.org .  

Download Academics Den Recognition Report

Download Sports Den Recognition Report

Academics and Sports Letter and Pins

Once you have earned the belt loop, you can stop. But if you want to do more with the activity, you may complete extra requirements to earn a pin.

A good place to display Academics and Sports pins is on the Academics and Sports letter. You can wear the letter on a sweater or a jacket, or display or frame it. The letter does not go on the Cub Scout uniform. There are no special requirements for earning the letter, because it’s just for displaying the pins.

Archery Badminton Baseball Basketball BB Gun
Bicycling Bowling Fishing Flag Football Golf 
Gymnastics Hiking Hockey Horseback Riding Ice Skating
Kickball Marbles Physical Fitness  Roller Skating Skateboarding
Snow Ski and Board Sports Soccer Softball Swimming  Table Tennis 
Tennis Ultimate Volleyball     

* Loops and pins for archery and BB-gun shooting can be earned only in day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or at council activities where there is properly trained supervision, and all guidelines for BSA shooting sports are implemented. Archery and BB-gun shooting belt loops and pins cannot be earned at the pack, den, or individual level. Requirements therefore are not included.



The Boy Scouts of America has a new tool designed to welcome your comments and suggestions on how to improve the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide.  Please e-mail your feedback to academics&sports@scouting.org for consideration.