Moving From Webelos Scouts to Boy Scouts

Graduate To A New Program

During your Cub Scout's 5th grade year, they will "transition" into Boy Scouts. Let's talk about how simple the process can be.

Summer before 5th Grade

The summer between 4th grade and 5th grade should have a trip to 5th grade Webelos Camp at either Stearns or Navajo. The program at these camps highlight how great Boy Scouts is and will get your boys excited about the next step!

Meeting with the Boy Scout troop

Just like you're in a Cub Scout pack, boys who are 11 and older are in a Boy Scout troop.

In August or September as you start the 5th grade year, your den needs to establish contact with a local troop. This contact should be initiated by the troop, but it doesn't hurt for you to reach out to two or three troops yourself.

So, what do you do with that Boy Scout troop? You meet with them throughout the fall and have your den meetings on the same night and location as their troop meetings (which happen weekly). This helps ease the transition between the two programs.

You can also go on campouts and start integrating with the troop.


Once December rolls around, you can "crossover" to that troop. Crossover means officially join the Boy Scout troop. The "crossover" process happens at some point between December through March.

It's up to your den when this transition takes place.

Each youth will need to have some paperwork processed as you are changing units (from the pack to the troop). This paperwork could be a new youth application or a list of all boys in your den with a parent's signature by their respective youth's name. Afterwards, the list is given to the troop who then turns it in to the Scout Office.

Summer Camp

It's critical that your 5th grade boys get signed up for summer camp that first summer as well. If boys get to camp with their new troop, they are going to have a TON of fun and can start working on merit badges and rank advancement!

Simple Process Summary for Arrow of Light Scouts (5th Grade)

  • August-September - Start meeting with a local troop (or two)
  • August-December - Attend campouts with the local troop (including Camporees)
  • December-March - "Crossover" into troop (at Crossover Ceremony)
  • Crossover-on - Meet with troop as you are now registered Boy Scouts
  • June-August - Attend Summer Camp with troop (Many Point, Tomahawk, or other)

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