In Rudyard Kipling's story, The Jungle Book, the black panther Bagheera is the mighty hunter who teaches the cubs the skills of the jungle. In Cub Scouting we use the symbol of the Bobcat. The Bobcat rank is for ALL boys and girls who join Cub Scouting. To complete these exercises entirely, please follow the Bobcat Trail in your personal Cub Scout Manual.

Along this trail are the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout motto. These are the three most important things a boy and girl must learn because they will help him or her through all of the trails of Scouting.

When you and your son or daughter have followed the eight tracks of the Bobcat, your son may wear his Bobcat badge. It will be presented at a designated Pack Meeting.

The Trail to the Bobcat Badge

1. Learn and say the Scout Oath, with help if needed. 
2. Learn and say the Scout Law, with help if needed. 
3. Show the Cub Scout sign. Tell what it means. 
4. Show the Cub Scout handshake. Tell what it means. 
5. Say the Cub Scout motto. Tell what it means. 
6. Show the Cub Scout salute. Tell what it means. 
7. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide—Bobcat Requirements.

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CUB SCOUT SIGN
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.

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CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE
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.

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CUB SCOUT MOTTO
Giving your best effort is right and honest. Always remember that your best is not the same as someone else's best. Doing the best you can is more important than trying to be better than someone else.

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CUB SCOUT SALUTE
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.

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD FROM CHILD ABUSE: A PARENT"S GUIDE
Child abuse is a serious problem in our society, and
unfortunately, it can occur anywhere, even in Scouting. Youth safety is Scouting’s No. 1 concern. Click here to read the pamphlet.





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