The Bobcat Trail

The first rank that EVERY boy MUST earn when entering the Cub Scouting Program is the Bobcat rank.
Bobcat Adventure

To earn the Bobcat rank the new Cub Scout must do 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. 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. Cub Scout Sign
  4. 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 Scout Oath - "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.

  5. Cub Scout Handshake
  6. Show the CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means.

    Here's how to shake hands with another Cub Scout:

    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.

  7. Say the CUB SCOUT MOTTO. A motto is a guiding principle.

    "Do Your Best"

  8. Cub Scout Salute
    Give the
    CUB SCOUT SALUTE.  Tell what it means.

    Salute with your Right Hand
    Hold your fingers as you do for the Cub Scout Sign
    Keep the two straight fingers close together
    Touch the tips of those fingers to your cap, or eyebrow if no cap is being worn. 

    A salute is a way to show respect to your leaders. It shows that you look up to them and respect them. We salute the flag to show respect to our country.

  9. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the booklet,
    How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse.

The above items are the basic information that ALL Cub Scouts must learn, which is why EVERY boy who enters into Cub Scouting MUST earn the Bobcat Badge.  He only needs to complete the course once in his Cub Scout career.