Cub Scout
Sports Program

Archery BB Shooting Badminton Baseball Basketball
Archery BB Gun Badminton Baseball Basketball
Bicycling Bowling Fishing Physical Fitness Flag Football
Bicycling Bowling Fishing Fitness Flag Football
Golf Gymnastics Hiking Belt Loop Hockey Belt Loop Horseback Riding Belt Loop
Golf Gymnastics Hiking Hockey Horseback Riding
Ice Skating Kickball Belt Loop Marbles Roller Skating Skateboarding Belt Loop
Ice Skating Kickball Marbles Roller Skating Skateboarding
Snow Ski and Board Sports Soccer Softball Swimming Table Tennis
Snow Ski and
Board Sports
Soccer Softball Swimming Table Tennis
  Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball  
  Tennis Ultimate Volleyball  

The information below was effective through May 31, 2015, when the Cub Scout advancement program was completely revised.

As part of the program changes, the Cub Scout Sports program, including all of the Belt Loops and Pins shown here, was discontinued as of June 1, 2015.

The Sports Program is an optional program for all Cub Scouts. It is not part of the normal requirements towards ranks (except were used in obtaining the Webelos Sportsman and Athlete activity badges). Its purpose is to assist the Scouts in learning a new skill, or improving one they already posses.

Loops and pins can be are earned by Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts.

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment.

Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners.

Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Complete details on using the sports program are contained in the
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide (#34299).

Cub Scout Sports Program

Currently, recognition can be earned for the following 28 sports:

Archery, BB-Gun, Badminton, Baseball. Basketball, Bicycling, Bowling, Fishing, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hiking, Hockey, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Kickball, Marbles, Physical Fitness, Roller Skating, Skateboarding, Snow Ski and Board Sports, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate, and Volleyball

Before you write us, asking for a new Belt Loop for a different sport, like Karate or Tackle Football, please read our explanation why they are not included in the program.

In September, 2002, the awards for Flag Football were added, Skating (roller and ice) was replaced with separate awards for Ice Skating and Roller Skating, and Skiing was replaced with Snow Ski and Board Sports. In addition, the requirements for Swimming and Bicycling were revised.

The awards for Hiking, Hockey, Horseback Riding, Kickball, and Skateboarding were added in November, 2009, and most of the other sports had revisions to the requirements..

The Shooting Sports belt loops and pins (Archery and BB Shooting) can only be earned under BSA range trained supervision. The BB Shooting loop and pin MUST be earned at a BSA facility range.

Sports Belt Loops

The Cub Scout Sports Belt Loops are worn on the navy blue Cub Scout belt. They will not fit on the khaki (olive) Boy Scout / Webelos belt. Webelos Scouts may continue to wear the blue belt on their uniforms.

The same belt loop may be earned once within each rank.

Belt loops for each sport may be earned once within each rank.

Sports belt loops are earned by the Cub by meeting the requirements listed.

Please note there are special requirements for the BB-Shooting and Archery belt loops.

Sports Pins

The Cub Scout Sports Pins are worn on civilian clothes only. The pins are triangular in shape.  The designs for the various pins are shown on the belt loops for each subject.

Sports pins are given in each sport for Cub Scouts to recognize physical development.

Sports pins are earned by meeting the appropriate requirements.

Please note there are special requirements for the BB-Shooting and Archery sports pins.


We have prepared worksheets that can be used (if desired) to document the work on each of the Academics Belt Loops and Pins. 

ZIP File of ALL available worksheets
(Large Files!)
DOC files PDF Files

As mentioned above, the Belt Loops and Pins for Skating and Skiing have been replaced.  Here are images of these former loops:





Page updated on: May 01, 2015

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