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Here’s How to Help Your Scout Advance!

To earn the Bear badge, a youth must complete six required adventures, plus one elective adventure, and complete the Cyber Chip award for their age.

Third Grade – Bear Requirements

Third graders work toward the Bear rank. The Bear rank is earned by completing seven adventures as described below.

1. Complete each of the six required adventures:

  • Bear Claws is all about pocketknife safety.
  • Bear Necessities is all about camping and cooking and campfire fun.
  • Fellowship and Duty to God will often be an at-home because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family and everyone’s duty is different.
  • Fur, Feathers and Ferns is an adventure that fairly cries out “field trip”, what with a one-mile walk, observing wildlife, examining plants, and planting a garden.
  • Baloo the Builder is about using tools and wood tools.
  • Paws for Action is all about history/patriotism, basic emergency preparedness, energy conservation and a cleanup service project.

2. In addition to the six required adventures, complete at least one elective adventure of your den’s or family’s choosing.

3. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, complete the exercises in the pamphlet entitled How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. 

4. Watch the Protect Yourself Rules video for 3rd Grade, Bear.  (The video is located at and can be watched on-line or downloaded and viewed off-line.) OR Earn the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure for Bear.

Parents/guardians or the den leader approve each requirement by signing the Scout’s handbook. Scouts receive an adventure loop on completing each adventure and, after meeting all requirements, have earned the Bear badge.

More information about doing the Bear adventures at home with your Scout is found on the Scouting on Demand “Bear on Demand” resource page – even more resources are available at this Bear adventure resource page, which has both fun den group activity ideas plus family-led adventure resources (simple plans, videos, tips and more, like those in the adventure by adventure links above) for parents to do on their own schedules.