The first rank that every scout (except Lions) earns when entering the Cub Scouts is Bobcat. These requirements demonstrate that all Scouts are making a commitment to participate in the Scouting program. It also sets them on a path to understanding the foundation of the Cub Scouts and being a Scout. To earn the rank of Bobcat, every new Cub Scout need to fulfill the following 7 requirements.
1. Learn and say the Scout Oath (with help if needed) as follows:
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.
2. Learn and say the Scout Law (with help if needed) as follows:
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean , and Reverent.
3. Show the Cub Scout sign and tell what it means.
The Cub Scout sign is made with the right arm held high and straight up above the shoulder, with the index and middle fingers forming a V. The other fingers are held down by the thumb. It's the sign of Cub Scouts all over the world.
The two raised fingers stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
4. Show the Cub Scout handshake and tell what it means.
The Cub Scout handshake is made by putting the index and middle fingers of the right hand against the other person's wrist when shaking hands. The handshake means that each Scout will help others to remember and obey the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
5. Say the Cub Scout motto.
Do your best!
6. Give the Cub Scout Salute and tell what it means.
The Cub Scout salute is made by joining the index and middle fingers of the right hand (holding the other fingers with the thumb) and touching them to the cap visor or forehead above the right eyebrow. The hand is held the same as for the Cub Scout sign, except the index and middle fingers are together.
The salute is used to salute the flag when in uniform--otherwise hold your right hand over your heart. It can also be used when greeting other Scouts.