Regardless of what age or grade a Cub Scout is in, the Bobcat rank must be earned before earning any other rank, except Lion. Lion Scouts earn the Lion rank first. When they complete kindergarten, they may begin work on the Bobcat badge. The Bobcat requirements focus on the fundamentals of Cub Scouting that every Cub Scout must know.
You as the den leader (or parent/guardian) can help! Practice the requirements in your den meetings, at home and encourage Cub Scouts to work on the requirements with their families also.
Requirement 7 is a home-based requirement. The requirements are found in each of the youth handbooks as well as listed below:
1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed.
2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed.
3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means.
4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means.
5. Say the Cub Scout motto. Tell what it means.
6. Show the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means.
7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide. English | Spanish
Requirement 1: 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.
The meaning of the Scout Oath:
ON MY HONOR
Saying “On my honor” is like saying “I promise.”
I WILL DO MY BEST…
This means that you will do your best to do what the Scout Oath says. The Scout Oath has three promises. Let’s look at what they mean:
TO DO MY DUTY…
A duty is something you are expected to do. At home, you might be expected to make up your bed or take out the trash. You also have duties to God and to your country.
You do your duty to God by following the teaching of your family and religious leaders, if any.
AND MY COUNTRY…
You do your duty to your country by being a good citizen and obeying the law.
AND TO OBEY THE SCOUT LAW; …
You also promise to live by the 12 points of the Scout Law, which are described below.
TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES; …
Many people need help. A friendly smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By helping other people, you are doing a Good Turn and making our world a better place.
TO KEEP MYSELF PHYSICALLY STRONG, …
This part of the Scout Oath is about taking care of yourself. You stay physically strong when you eat the right foods and get plenty of exercise.
MENTALLY AWAKE, …
You stay mentally awake when you work hard in school, learn all you can, and ask questions.
AND MORALLY STRAIGHT.
You stay morally straight when you do the right thing
and live your life with honesty.
Requirement 2: Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,
thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
The meaning of the Scout Law:
TRUSTWORTHY – Tell the truth and keep your promises. People can depend on you.
LOYAL – Be true to your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
HELPFUL – Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
FRIENDLY – Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
COURTEOUS – Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
KIND – Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
OBEDIENT – Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
CHEERFUL – Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
THRIFTY – Work to pay your own way. Don’t be wasteful. Use time, property, and natural resources wisely.
BRAVE – Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
CLEAN – Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
REVERENT – Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.
Requirement 3: Cub Scout Sign
Make the sign with your right hand. Hold your arm straight up. The two raised fingers (like the Peace sign) stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
Requirement 4: Cub Scout handshake
When you shake hands with another Cub Scout, do this: Hold out your left hand just as you always do to shake hands. But then put your first two fingers (like the Peace sign) along the inside of the other Scout’s wrist. This means that you help each other to remember and obey the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
The left-handed Scout handshake is a formal way of greeting other Scouts of both genders and is used by members of Scout and Guide organizations around the world. The handshake is made with the hand nearest to the heart and is offered as a token of friendship.
Requirement 5: Cub Scout motto
The Cub Scout motto is DO YOUR BEST.
A motto is a guiding principle and a rule for living. Do Your Best means trying your hardest, not just a little bit. Do your best all the time!
Requirement 6: Cub Scout salute
Salute with your right hand. Hold your first two fingers close together. Touch your fingertips to your cap. If you aren’t wearing a cap, touch your right eyebrow. The salute is used to salute the American flag during the Pledge of Allegiance. Always use the salute when in uniform. If you are not in uniform, salute the flag by placing your right hand over your heart.Other resources:
Bobcat overview video:
Bobcat workbook: Here
Congratulations! By completing these 7 requirements you have earned your Bobcat rank! Please make sure to mark down your completed requirements in your Handbook or in Scout-book and let your Den Leader know you have finished the badge.