No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A boy must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include:
- Learn and say the Cub Scout Motto, the Cub Scout Promise, and the Law of the Pack and tell what they mean;
- Show the Cub Scout sign, salute and handshake and tell what they mean; and
- Show that understand and believe that it is important to be honest and trustworthy.
Bobcat Badge Requirements
- Learn and say the Cub Scout Promise and complete the Honesty Character Connection.
“I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack.“
Meaning of the Cub Scout Promise:
I promise: When you say you will do something, that is a promise. Duty to God: Put God first. Do what you know God wants you to do. And my country: Do what you can for your country. Be proud that you are an American. To help other people: Do things for others that would please them. Obey the Law of the Pack: Be a good Cub Scout. Be proud that you are one.
The Honesty Character Connection:
Know: Discuss these questions with your family:
- What is a promise?
- What does it mean to “keep your word?”
- What does honesty mean?
- What does it mean to “do your best?”
Commit: Discuss these questions with your family:
- Why is a promise important?
- Why is it important for people to trust you when you give your word?
- When might it be difficult to keep your word? List examples.
Practice: Discuss with family members why it is important to be trustworthy and honest and how you can do your best to be honest when you are doing the activities in Cub Scouting.
- Say the Law of the Pack. Tell what it means.
“The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill.”
Meaning of The Law of the Pack:
The Cub Scout follows Akela: Akela is a good leader. Your mother, father or other adult member of your family is Akela. In the pack, your Cubmaster is Akela. At school, your teacher is Akela. The Cub Scout helps the pack go: Come to all the meetings. Do what you can to help. Think of others in the pack. The pack helps the Cub Scout grow: You can have fun when you are part of the pack. Learn things from others. Do things with them. The Cub Scout gives goodwill: Smile. Be happy. Do things to help others. Little things make a big difference.
- Tell what Webelos means
We‘ll Be Loyal Scouts
- Show the Cub Scout Sign. Tell what it means.
Make the sign with your right hand and with your arm held straight up. The two fingers stand for two parts of the Promise – “to help other people” and “to obey.” They look like a wolf’s ears ready to listen to Akela. Give the Cub Scout Sign when you say the Cub Scout Promise or the Law of the Pack.
- Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
Using your right hand, place your first two fingers along the inside of the other boy’s wrist. This means that you help and that you obey the law of the Pack.
- Say the Cub Scout Motto. A motto is a guiding principle.
“Do Your Best!”
- Give the Cub Scout Salute. Tell what it means.
Point your first two fingers of your right hand out straight and close together. Touch the tips of the fingers to your cap or if not wearing a cap then to your eyebrow. A salute is a way to show respect. When you salute a leader (either adult or other scout), you show him or her that you respect their position. When you salute the flag, you show that you are proud of your country.
- With your adult partner, complete the exercises in the parent’s guide, “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse.”
The above items are the basic information that ALL Cub Scouts learn, which is why EVERY boy who enters into Cub Scouting earns the Bobcat Badge.