Timberwolves are scouts between 8 and 10 years old. The Timberwolf program focuses on hands-on outdoor skills, practical community service, building personal confidence, and learning to work together as a team.

Timberwolves have a wide verity of special proficiency badges to work on from art and model making, to camping and conservation. The wide range of badges gives Timberwolves a chance to explore the world around them and their interests through scouting.

Timberwolf Uniform

The Timberwolf uniform is a gray tee-shirt, either short or long sleeves, with the group necker and a blue baseball cap. The Tenderpad badge, earned by learning the basics of being a Timberwolf, is placed on the left side under the Inclusivity badge. On the right is the WFIS badge. Children who “swim up” to Timberwolves from Otters can wear their Swimming Up badge above the WFIS badge. Special proficiency badges go on the sleeves. The First and Second Star, along with an Tenderpad badge go on the cap. Alternatively, you can place the First and Second Star badges on the left side under the Tenderpad badge. The uniform shirt, cap, and all the badges can be ordered from the Quartermaster Store.

Guides and Leader Resources

The Timberwolf Handbook was updated in 2019 with a fresh look and revised motto. In addition to the handbook, there are a few resources below that will help you with leading Timberwolves.

Timberwolf Handbook

The Timberwolf Handbook is a guide for the young wolves to learn about scouting and guide them through the program. The requirements for the special proficiency badges, as well as the requirements for the Tenderpad and Stars, are documented in this book as well.

You can also buy the handbook in a spiral-bound notebook from the Quartermaster Store.

Old Wolf's Leader Guide

William Carter, the GSM for the 39th Cypress in New Orleans, put together this guide for leading the Timberwolves. It is a great tool for learning about the Timberwolf program and includes tips on how to structure the year, what to do during meetings, songs to sing, and games to play.  It is a great resource but does not include the Forest versions of the various Timberwolf ceremonies.

Badge Guide Book

Another great resource from William Carter, this book offers a deep dive review of each of the special proficiency badges. There are hints, tips, and guidance on how to meet each requirement for the badges. If you haven’t scouted before or just don’t know what to do to help your Timberwolf earn a specific badge, this guide is where to look.

Forest Ceremony Script

This is the script for the Forest Opening and Closing ceremonies. The parts the kids are supposed to say are highlighted to help them follow along.

This is specifically formatted so that you can share it full screen over a Zoom call. If you want to print out cards to give your scouts, you’ll want to use these (Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies) that print double-sided.

Leaping Up Ceremony

When your Timberwolf has earned their Golden Leaping Wolf and is ready to move up to Pathfinders, you can use this ceremony. It is a cute, theatrical way to celebrate the hard work and effort the Timberwolf has put forth into continuing their scouting journey.

Whittler Guide

Timberwolves is a great age to work on knife safety, knife handling skills, and whittling. This handy guide is a good hand out to give the kids as part of teaching about knives. It shows the parts of a knife, demonstrates some important rules and whittling techniques.

Handouts and Guides for the Young Wolves

The next few documents are things you can print out and give to your Timberwolves.

Articles from Around the Region

If you are looking for more tips and ideas for how to run a Timberwolf Pack, there are some great blog posts on this site that can help you out.