Bobcat in a Day

The journey to your first Cub Scouting Rank , Bobcat, is a great way to learn about the program. The path to Bobcat has 7 steps to teach you Scouting Basics. The Scout can take a moment to show he or she has learned each part prior to the next Pack Meeting and the rank can be awarded if the Scout has successfully been registered at Council.

1. Recite the Scout Oath and what it means. (Apply the Scout Motto when reciting it.)

On my honor (I promise), I will do my best (Scout Motto)

To do my duty to God (Reverence) and my Country (Citizenship),

To obey the Scout Law (All 12 points),

To help other people at all times (be helpful and a good citizen, always)

To keep myself physically strong (Physical Fitness), mentally awake (be observant), and morally straight (make good choices and have good manners)

2. Learn the Scout Law and what it means (Apply the Scout Motto when reciting each of the twelve words and have an idea of what each word means to a Scout)

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy - A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
  • Loyal - A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
  • Helpful - A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
  • Friendly - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
  • Courteous - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
  • Kind - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
  • Obedient - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
  • Cheerful - A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
  • Thrifty - A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
  • Brave - A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
  • Clean - A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
  • (and) Reverent - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

3. Learn the Cub Scout Motto

Do your best!

4. Learn the Scout Sign and why we use it

The Scout sign is the index and middle finger of the right hand held up in the air. It represents a wolf's ears ready to listen. Scout leaders will use this sign when the pack or den needs to stop what they are doing and listen.

5. Learn the Cub Scout Salute and when to use it

When in uniform, a scout will salute the flag by taking the Scout sign, closing the two fingers and placing them against the outer edge of their brow. This is done only when in uniform.

When not in full Field (Class A/Dress) uniform, scouts will place their right hand over their heart and remove all headgear when paying respect to the American flag.

6. Learn the Cub Scout Handshake

The Cub Scout handshake is a regular handshake with the pointer and index fingers spread a little around the other Scout's wrist. This helps remind the other Scout to listen to Akela (teacher) and live up to the Scout Law and Oath.

7. Review the Youth Protection Handout from the Handbook with a Parent/Guardian

  • Visit this link to read the pamphlet online.
  • The Akela will inform the Den Leader when the conversation has taken place or mark it as complete in ScoutBook.