THE BOBCAT TRAIL
When a boy is between the ages of eight and eleven years old or has (at least) started the first grade, he can become a Cub Scout. But, regardless of a qualifying boy's age, he must complete the Bobcat Trail as the first step in his Cub Scouting adventure.
In Rudyard Kipling's story, The Jungle Book, the black panther Bagheera is the mighty hunter that teaches the cubs the skills of the jungle. In Cub Scouting we use the symbol of the Bobcat. You'll find his trail in the "Wolf Cub Scout Book" (BSA Publication No.33234, 1998)
Along this trail the Cub Scout learns the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto. These are the three most important things a boy must learn because they will help him through all of the trails of Scouting.
THE BOBCAT TRACKS
To earn the Bobcat badge the boy must complete these eight tracks of Akela:
|1. 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."
|2. 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."
|3. TELL WHAT "WEBELOS" MEANS|
|"WE'll BE LOyal Scouts"|
|4. SHOW THE CUB SCOUT SIGN AND TELL WHAT IT MEANS|
The two fingers stand for
the two parts of the Cub Scout Promise - "TO HELP OTHER
PEOPLE" and "TO OBEY."
They look like a wolves ears ready to listen to Akela.
Give the Cub Scout sign when you say the "Cub Scout Promise"
and the "Law of the Pack."
|5. SHOW THE CUB SCOUT HANDSHAKE AND TELL WHAT IT MEANS|
|The Cub handshake means that you "HELP" and that you "OBEY" the Law of the Pack.|
|6. SAY THE CUB SCOUT MOTTO|
|"DO YOUR BEST. "|
|7. GIVE THE CUB SCOUT SALUTE. TELL WHAT IT MEANS|
|A salute is a way to show respect to your leaders. It shows that you look up to them and respect them. We salute the flag to show respect to our country.|
|8. LEARN CHILD PROTECTION SKILLS|
With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the parent's guide, "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse".