The Bear rank is for children who have finished second grade (or who are 9 years old). To earn the Bear badge, the Scout must complete six required adventures and one elective adventure. Parents or guardians and den leader approves each requirement by signing the book, and the Scout receives an adventure loop for each adventure. When the Scout has met all requirements, the Bear badge is presented to his parent or guardian at the next pack meeting. During an impressive ceremony, the parent or guardian then presents the badge to the Scout.
After earning the Bear badge, a Bear Scout can work on the remaining 12 Bear electives until finishing third grade (or turn 10 years old). The Bear Scout can choose elective adventures that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years.
The Bear Scout receives an additional adventure loop to wear on his belt with each elective adventure completed.