The Bobcat Trail

No matter what age or grade a child joins Cub Scouting, they must earn their Bobcat badge before they can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos. A Scout must complete the Bobcat requirements, which include:

  • Learn and say the Cub Scout motto, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law and tell what they mean;
  • Show the Cub Scout sign, salute, and handshake and tell what they mean; and
  • With your parent or guardian complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide.
The above items are the basic information that ALL Cub Scouts must learn, which is why EVERY child who enters into Cub Scouting MUST earn the Bobcat Badge.  They only need to complete the course once in their Cub Scout career.

As a Cub Scout, you do your best and you help others. You learn the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. You also learn what they mean.

Scout OathScout LawCub Scout Motto

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

Do Your Best!


Before Cub Scouts agree to the Scout Oath or Promise, they need to know what it means.

On my honor I will do my best … Saying “On my honor” is like saying “I promise.” It means that you will do your best to do what the Scout Oath says.

The Scout Oath has three promises. Let’s look at what they mean.

To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law … A duty is something you are expected to do. At home, you might be expected to make up your bed or take out the trash. You also have duties to God and to your country. You do your duty to God by following the teachings of your family and religious leaders. You do your duty to your country by being a good citizen and obeying the law. You also promise to live by the 12 points of the Scout Law.

To help other people at all times … Many people need help. A friendly smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By helping other people, you are doing a Good Turn and making our world a better place.

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight … The last part of the Scout Oath is about taking care of yourself. You stay physically strong when you eat the right foods and get plenty of exercise. You stay mentally awake when you work hard in school, learn all you can, and ask questions. You stay morally straight when you do the right thing and live your life with honesty.


The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. They do their best to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.
A Scout is TRUSTWORTHYA Scout tells the truth and keeps their promises. People can depend on them.
A Scout is LOYALA Scout is true to their family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
A Scout is HELPFULA Scout volunteers to help others without expecting a reward.
A Scout is FRIENDLYA Scout is a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from themselves.
A Scout is COURTEOUSA Scout is polite to everyone and always uses good manners.
A Scout is KINDA Scout treats others as they want to be treated. They never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
A Scout is OBEDIENTA Scout follows the rules of their family, school, and pack. They obeys the laws of their community and country.
A Scout is CHEERFULA Scout looks for the bright side of life. They cheerfully do tasks that come their way. They try to make others happy.
A Scout is THRIFTYA Scout works to pay their way. They use time, property, and natural resources wisely.
A Scout is BRAVEA Scout can face danger even if they are afraid. They stand for what is right even if others laughing.
A Scout is CLEANA Scout keeps their body and mind fit. They help keep their home and community clean.
A Scout is REVERENTA Scout is reverent toward God. They are faithful in their religious duties. They respect the beliefs of others.