The Bear rank is for boys who have completed second grade. There are 24 Bear achievements in four categories. The Cub Scout must complete 12 of these to earn the Bear badge. These requirements are somewhat more difficult and challenging than those for Wolf rank.

At the end of the Bear program, the Bear Cub den will take part in a ceremony at a pack meeting.  This ceremony marks the transition to the next level of Cub Scouting - a Webelos den.