The Bobcat Trail

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

To earn the Bobcat rank the new Cub Scout must do the following:

  1. Learn and say the SCOUT OATH and complete the Honesty Character Connection.
    1. 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?"
    2. 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.
    3. Practice: Discuss with family members why it is important to be trustworthy and honest and how can you do your best to be honest when you are doing the activities in Cub Scouting.

    SCOUT OATH
    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 OF THE PACK.  Tell what it means.

    A Scout is :

    trustworthy, 

    loyal, 

    helpful, 

    friendly, 

    courteous, 

    kind, 

    obedient, 

    cheerful, 

    thrifty, 

    brave, 

    clean, 

    and reverent.

  3. Tell what WEBELOS means

    "WE'll BE LOyal Scouts "

  4. Show the CUB SCOUT SIGN.  Tell what it means.

        The two raised fingers stand for the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

        The fingers look like the ears of a wolf ready to listen to Akela. 

                                                1. When you’re ready to listen. 

                                                2. When you say the Scout Oath. 

                                                3. When you say the Scout Law.

         5.    Show the CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means.

        Put your two fingers along the inside of the other boy’s wrist.

        This means you’ll help each other remember the Scout Oath and Law.

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

                    "Do Your Best"

        7.    Give the CUB SCOUT SALUTE.  Tell what it means

                    Hold the first two fingers of your right hand close together.

                    Touch your fingertips to your cap.

                    If you aren’t wearing a cap, touch your right eyebrow

        8.    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.