Bobcat Rank & Badge

The Bobcat Rank & 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. Bobcat Badge must be earned before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow of Light. Lions do not earn the Bobcat badge even though they are also learning all of these requirements. A scout must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include demonstrating their understanding of Scouting's core values.

Your Scout 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. They 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.

  • Webelos: Make the SCOUT SIGN. Tell what it means.

BS Sign

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

  • Webelos: Show the SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means.

BS Handshake

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

Webelos: Say the SCOUT MOTTO & SCOUT SLOGAN Tell what it means.

Do Your Best
BS Motto
BS Slogan


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

Webelos: Show the SCOUT SALUTE. Tell what it means.

BS Salute

7. With your parent or guardian,complete the exercises in the pamphlet, "How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide". The Parent's Guide can be found in the very front of Cub Scout handbook. Sign & Return to your Den Leader