Earning the First Rank in Cub Scouts:
It's very exciting for your young, new scout to earn their first rank! Every new scout has to earn BOBCAT regardless of age. There are seven things a scout has to learn, and recite (with help from a parent if needed) or show to earn BOBCAT. Upon completing these, they are recognized with special ceremony and awarded their first rank badge... which is so much fun for them and their parents!
All new scouts must earn this rank to advance.
(Lions are not required to earn this but are encouraged to begin once the Lion rank is attained).
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
and 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 AND TELL WHAT IT MEANS:
Make the sign with your right hand, and with your arm held straight up. The two fingers stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. They look like a wolf's ears ready to listen to Akela. Give the Cub Scout Sign when you say the Scout Oath or Scout Law.
4. SHOW THE CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE AND TELL WHAT IT MEANS:
Using your right hand, place your first two fingers along the inside of the other scout's wrist. This means that you help each other remember and obey the Scout Oath and Law.
5. SAY THE CUB SCOUT MOTTO AND TELL WHAT IT MEANS:
"Do your best."
6. GIVE THE CUB SCOUT SALUTE AND TELL WHAT IT MEANS:
Point your first two fingers of your right hand out straight and close together. Touch the tips of the fingers to your cap or if not wearing a cap then to your eyebrow. A salute is a way to show respect. When you salute a leader (either adult or other scout), you show him or her that you respect their position. When you salute the flag, you show that you are proud of your country.
7. WITH YOUR PARENT COMPLETE THE EXERCISES IN THE PAMPHLET:
How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide
(This guide is on the Youth Protection Page if you do not have a hard copy.)