If a Cub Scout has completed the second grade (or is 9 years old) he may begin working on his 12 Bear achievements. During work at home and in the den, the Bear Cub Scout earns beads as evidence that they are progressing toward rank.
Upon completion of the achievements, he is awarded the Bear badge, and may continue to work on Bear electives. When a boy completes ten projects he receives a Gold Arrow Point. For each additional ten projects he receives a Silver Arrow Point.