Once a Scout has completed the second grade, or is 9 years old, the road towards the Bear Badge begins! Just as in Wolves, there are many exciting and interesting things to do. There are 24 Bear achievements in four different categories. The Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf. An adult member of the scout’s family approves all work and signs off in the scout handbook. When a scout has completed twelve of the 24 achievements, they have earned the right to wear the Bear badge which is presented at a ceremony during a Pack Meeting. After earning the Bear Badge, the scout may work on electives in the Bear Cub Scout Book for credit toward Bear arrow points. Once 10 elective projects are finished, the scout earns a Gold Arrow Point to wear under the Bear badge. For each additional 10 elective projects completed, the scout earns a Silver Arrow Point. These are presented at a pack meeting in an advancement ceremony.
In the story of Mowgli’s Brothers, the young boy named Mowgli is brought before the Wolf pack council for a decision on whether he may join the pack. Akela the leader asks whether anyone will speak for the man cub. Baloo the bear, who teaches the wolf cubs the law of the pack, says that he will. As he grows older, Baloo teaches Mowgli the law of the pack and the secret words that let him talk to the jungle animals.