No matter what age or grade a boy or girl  joins Cub Scouting, they must earn his Bobcat badge before they can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A Scout must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include:

  • Learn and say the Cub Scout motto, the Scout Oath (with help if needed), and the Scout Law (with help if needed) and tell what they mean
  • Show the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and tell what they mean
  • With your parent or guardian complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.

After a new Scout completes the Bobcat requirements, the Den Leader submits his paperwork to Council, their accomplishment is honored at the next Pack meeting (with a festive ceremony), and they receives the Bobcat badge to wear on their uniform.  Scouts also honors their parent with a Bobcat Parent pin, in acknowledgement of parents’ critical role in the program.

Bobcat requirements are explained at the beginning of all the Scout Guidebooks.  There is also a good study guide here: