Bobcat badge

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Cub Scout Bobcat badge requirement resources include the Cub Scout Promise & Law of the Pack.
Cub Scouts must "earn the Bobcat badge first before receiving any other award or rank."

Cub Scout Bobcat Rank

Bobcat Badge
Target age group:All new Cub Scouts
Current status:Active
Latest Requirements Revision:
Latest Handbook Revision:n/a
Previous rank:
Next rank:
any Cub Scout rank
"The Bobcat badge is earned prior to all other ranks. If a boy joins Cub Scouting as a Wolf, Bear, or Webelos, he must earn the Bobcat badge first before receiving any other award or rank. - Advancement Policies, pp. 18-21

"No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, he must earn his Bobcat Badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A boy must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include demonstrating his understanding of Scouting's core values. He must be able to recite the Cub Scout Promise, Law of the Pack, and motto and demonstrate the Cub Scout sign, handshake, and salute. He 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."

- Cub Scout Advancement


Early 1950s version of the Bobcat pin 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 requirements

  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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Requirement Resources

1. Cub Scout Promise
2. Law of the Pack
7, Cub Scout Salute
8. How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide

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