The Bear rank is for boys or girls who have finished second grade (or who are 9 years old). To earn the Bear badge, a scout must complete the required adventures and one elective adventure. His parent or guardian 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 the scout at the Blue and Gold Banquet during an impressive ceremony.
After the scout has earned the Bear badge, a Bear Scout can work on the remaining Bear electives until he or she finishes third grade (or turn 10 years old). The scout can choose elective adventures that may show new hobbies and teach new skills. When the scout completes an elective adventure, an elective adventure belt loop is received that can be worn on the belt.