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Cub Scout Pack 231
(Farmington Hills, Michigan)
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Bobcat Badge - The Gateway to Cub Scouting

The Bobcat badge is the gateway to Cub Scouting because it is the first rank earned by every boy in Cub Scouting regardless of when he joins. It teaches the boy the fundamental ideals and values of the Cub Scout Program. All boys will first work on their Bobcat badge to complete the Cub Scout joining requirements. Once the Bobcat badge requirements have been completed, the Cub Scout will continue with the age appropriate program.

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Bobcat Badge Requirements

Bobcat Rank Requirements

The first rank that EVERY boy earns when entering the Cub Scouting Program is the Bobcat rank.
These requirements are meant to demonstrate that the boy is making a commitment to participating in the scouting program. Very similar requirements are expected of a boy joining Boy Scouts to earn his Scout badge.

To earn the Bobcat rank the new Cub Scout does the following:

  1. Learn and say the Scout Oath (or Promise)


    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.

    Meaning of the Scout Promise:
    Duty to God means: Put God first. Do what you know God wants you to do. And my country means: Do what you can for your country. Be proud that you are an American. To help other people means: Do things for others that would please them. Obey the Law of the Pack means: Be a good Cub Scout. Be proud that you are one.
  2. Say the SCOUT LAW. Tell what it means.

    A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, 

    courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,

    brave, clean, and reverent.

    Meaning of The Law Of The Pack:

  3. Tell what WEBELOS means:

    "WE'll BE LOyal Scouts "

  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 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.
    cub scout sign

  5. 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.
    cub scout handshake

  6. Say the CUB SCOUT MOTTO.

    "Do Your Best"

  7. 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.
    cub scout salute

  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 learn, which is why EVERY boy who enters into Cub Scouting earns the Bobcat Badge.