When a boy is between the ages of eight and eleven years old or
has (at least) completed the first grade, he can become a Cub
Scout. But, regardless of a qualifying boy's age, he must complete
the Bobcat Trail as the first step in his Cub Scouting adventure.
In Rudyard Kipling's story, The Jungle Book, the black panther
Bagheera is the mighty hunter that teaches the cubs the skills of
the jungle. In Cub Scouting we use the symbol of the Bobcat.
You'll find his trail in the "Wolf Cub Scout Book" (BSA
Publication No.33234, 1998)
Along this trail the Cub Scout learns the Cub Scout Promise, the
Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto. These are the three most
important things a boy must learn because they will help him
through all of the trails of Scouting.
To earn the Bobcat badge the boy must complete
these eight tracks of Akela:
LEARN AND SAY THE CUB SCOUT PROMISE
promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country,
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack."
SAY THE LAW OF THE PACK.
TELL WHAT IT MEANS.
"The Cub Scout
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout Grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill. "
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SHOW THE CUB SCOUT SIGN. TELL WHAT IT MEANS.
SHOW THE CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. TELL WHAT IT MEANS.
SAY THE CUB SCOUT MOTTO. A
MOTTO IS A RULE.
The MOTTO is: "DO YOUR
GIVE THE CUB SCOUT SALUTE. TELL WHAT IT MEANS.
With your parent or
guardian, complete the exercises in the parent's guide, "How
to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse".
When you and your boy
have followed the eight tracks of the Bobcat, your boy may wear
his Bobcat badge.
The badge should be ceremoniously presented as soon as possible at
an upcoming Pack meeting.