Bobcat
The Bobcat Badge
The Bobcat rank was introduced in 1938 as the entry-level rank for every new Cub. The badge was a pin that was to be worn on civilian clothing and was not officially approved to be worn on the uniform shirt until 1959. In late 1972, the Bobcat pin was replaced with an embroidered rank patch and the Wolf and Bear rank badges were updated to the designs currently in use. No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat Badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A boy must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include demonstrating his understanding of Scouting's core values. 
He must be able to recite the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Cub Scout Motto and demonstrate the Cub Scout Sign, Cub Scout Handshake, and Cub Scout Salute. He must also explain what each of these ideals means, in addition to demonstrating his understanding of the core values of honesty and trustworthiness, and explaining their importance in the scouting program. The requirements for Bobcat can be found in the beginning of each rank handbook.


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,
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.

  • WebelosMake the SCOUT SIGN. Tell what it means

Sign          BS Sign




4 Show the Cub Scout handshake.Tell what it means.

  • WebelosShow the SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means. 

Handshake          BS Handshake




5.   Show the Cub Scout salute.Tell what it means.

  • WebelosShow the SCOUT SALUTETell what it means. 
  • Salute          BS Salute



    6  Say the Cub Scout motto.Tell what it means.

    • WebelosSay the SCOUT MOTTO & SCOUT SLOGAN Tell what it means. 
    • Do Your Best          BS Motto     &     BS Slogan



      7.  With your parent or guardian,complete the exercises in the pamphlet. The Parent's Guide can be found in the very front of Cub Scout handbook.

      How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide.

      Sign & Return to Den Leader