Bobcat Rank Requirements
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The first rank that EVERY boy earns when entering the Cub Scouting Program is the Bobcat rank.
These requirements are meant to demonstrate that the boy is making a commitment to participating in the scouting program. Very similar requirements are expected of a boy joining Boy Scouts to earn his Scout badge.
How to Join:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Cub Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Pack near you to see its contact info so you can call the Pack or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Cubmaster of the Pack you choose.
To earn the Bobcat rank the new Cub Scout does the following:
- Learn and say the CUB SCOUT PROMISE:
"I .....(name).... 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. "
Duty to God means: Put God first. Do what you know God wants you to do. And my country means: Do what you can for your country. Be proud that you are an American. To help other people means: Do things for others that would please them. Obey the Law of the Pack means: Be a good Cub Scout. Be proud that you are one.
- Say the LAW OF THE PACK. Tell what it means.
"The Cub Scout follows Akela.
The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
The pack helps the Cub Scout Grow.
The Cub Scout gives goodwill."
The Cub Scout follows Akela (say Ah-KAY-la) means: Akela is a good leader. Your mother or father is Akela. In the Pack, your Cubmaster is Akela. Your Den Leader is Akela. At school, your teacher is Akela. The Cub Scout helps the Pack go means: Come to all the meetings. Do what you can to help. Think of others in the pack. The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow means: You can have fun when you are a part of the pack. Learn things from others. Do things with them. The Cub Scout gives goodwill means: Smile. Be happy. Do things that make others happy. They don't have to be big things. Little Things help, too.
- Tell what WEBELOS means:
"WE'll BE LOyal Scouts "
- Show the CUB SCOUT SIGN. Tell what it means.
Make the sign with your right hand and with your arm held straight up. The two fingers stand for two parts of the Promise - "to help other people" and "to obey." They look like a wolf's ears ready to listen to Akela. Give the Cub Scout Sign when you say the Cub Scout Promise or the Law of the Pack.
- Show the CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE. Tell what it means.
Using your right hand, place your first two fingers along the inside of the other boy's wrist. This means that you help and that you obey the law of the Pack.
- Say the CUB SCOUT MOTTO.
"Do Your Best"
- Give the CUB SCOUT SALUTE. 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.
- With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the booklet,
How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse.
The above items are the basic information that ALL Cub Scouts learn, which is why EVERY boy who enters into Cub Scouting earns the Bobcat Badge.
Mar 03, 2012 - Kim Scrivener
If there are any US Military bases near you look to see if they have a scouting program that may help if not your son does not need to be in a large pack it helps but he can achieve all the requirments with your help!
If you are unable to find a Cub Scout Pack near your location you could always research the Lone Scout program.
Anyone can purchase a Cub Scout handbook and do the activities with their son, but having him wait until he is the appropriate age (according to the BSA) would be a good thing. Practicing the Bobcat requirements seems pretty safe, but not too exciting.
On page 3 of the Parent Guide in each Cub Scout handbook, it describes "Akela's OK" and says that the parent approves the completion of requirements and the den leader records the scout's progress.
Your Cubmaster's view seems to go completely against the concept of "immediate recognition" in Scouts. A boy should be recognized for his accomplishments right away.
The Guide To Advancement documents how things should work. I can't find any place in it that says the Cubmaster is involved in the Bobcat rank fulfillment. You might ask your Cubmaster to show you where that is documented.
I really try to stay positive, so that's about all I have to say about that. :-)
In the Guide to Advancement link to the official BSA site which I shared in my last comment, it states in section 220.127.116.11: "Regardless of what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, the Bobcat badge is completed first, before any other rank may be awarded."
But, the bigger problem is having the Cubmaster decide who gets Bobcat or not. That is the parent's and den leader's job. Bobcat requirements are typically a quick exercise, not a year, or even a month.
Eventually, your scout will need to have someone other than you verify that he has completed requirements, but for Bobcat it is fine for you to sign his book that he has done it. The sooner he is more comfortable interacting with other adults for sign-offs, the easier it will be.
When I was a Tiger leader, I realized the plain language of Scout requirements was often unworkable. For Tiger's, the language for the Orange beads was, "For attending the meeting ...". If a boy had to miss one meeting, they would immediately be done. No Tiger badge. No matter what they did at home, they could not attend a meeting they missed.
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