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On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As the scout advances through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older.

No matter what age or grade a boy joins Cub Scouting, the first rank that every boy earns when entering the Cub Scouting program is the “Bobcat” badge. The scout must earn this badge before he can advance to the rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, or Arrow Of Light rank. These requirements are meant to demonstrate that the boy is making a commitment to participating in the scouting program, which includes him demonstrating his understanding of Scouting’s core values. Very similar requirements are expected of a boy joining Boy Scouts to earn his Scout badge.

A boy must be able to recite the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Cub Scout 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.

With the adult partner, parent, or guardian, the final requirement is to complete the exercises in the pamphlet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide.” By completing these seven requirements, the Bobcat badge, the first diamond-shaped rank badge is earned.

The Cub Scout motto Do Your Best is a key part of the Cub Scouting program. There is no level of competence or skill required to complete adventures. Success is achieved by putting forth one’s best personal effort and having fun with fellow scouts.


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