Whenever a boy joins Cub Scouts, the first rank he must earn is the Bobcat rank regardless of his age. So, if he’s a seven year old joining a Tiger Cub den or if he is a ten year old joining a Webelos den, he must earn his Bobcat before he works on anything else.
The Bobcat rank can be earned very quickly – often in just one or two den meetings. This means that every new Cub Scout will get a rank badge shortly after joining. There’s nothing like seeing those little first grade Tiger Cubs receive their first badge!
To earn the Bobcat rank, the boys must demonstrate knowledge of the following:
1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
“On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.”
2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.”
3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
The Cub Scout sign should be given when repeating the Scout Oath or Law.
This symbolizes the two alert ears of the wolf and is used by the boys to show that they are ready to listen.
4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
The Cub Scout handshake is used by Cubs and leaders to show that those who use it help others and obey the Scout Oath and Law.
To do the handshake, put the index and middle fingers of the right hand against the other person’s wrist when shaking hands.
5. Say the Cub Scout motto. Tell what it means.
“Do Your Best.”
6. Show the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means.
The Cub Scout salute is used to salute the flag when in uniform and to show respect to den and pack leaders.
To make the salute, the boy joins the index and middle fingers of the right hand (holding the other fingers with the thumb) and touches the extended fingers to the cap visor or forehead.
7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide—Bobcat Requirements.
This seems like a lot to learn–especially for the young Tiger Cubs, so I’ve put together some Bobcat Review Pages that you may download and use.
You might also want to check out these Bobcat activities that are designed to help the boys become familiar with some of the requirements.
What tips or tricks do you use to help your guys earn their Bobcat badge?
Yours in Scouting,
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