So, you’ve joined Pack 66 and now you don’t know where to start. The first rank in Cub Scouts is the Bobcat. All scouts, no matter when they join, will complete their Bobcat requirements before moving on to their age-appropriate rank.
Although not the most fun thing your child can do, once you get through these, you are well on the way to getting on your feet as a new scout.
Also, this page can help you to remember things you may have forgotten over time.
Cub Scout Motto
Do your best!
The Scout Oath
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.
The Meaning of the Scout Oath
ON MY HONOR
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 parts. 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 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, which are described here.
TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES
Many people need help. A friendly smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing good deeds, you make 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
The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. A Scout tries to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.
A Scout is:
TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.
LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.
FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.
KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.
BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.
The Cub Scout Handshake
- HOLD OUT YOUR RIGHT HAND JUST AS YOU ALWAYS DO TO SHAKE HANDS.
- PUT YOUR FIRST TWO FINGERS ALONG THE INSIDE OF THE OTHER SCOUT’S WRIST.
The Cub Scout Salute
- SALUTE WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND.
- HOLD YOUR FINGERS AS YOU DO FOR THE CUB SCOUT SIGN.
- KEEP THE TWO STRAIGHT FINGERS CLOSE TOGETHER.
- TOUCH THE TIPS OF THOSE FINGERS TO YOUR CAP.
- IF YOU ARE NOT WEARING A CAP, TOUCH YOUR EYEBROW.
The Cub Scout Sign
- MAKE THE SIGN WITH YOUR RIGHT HAND.
- AND WITH YOUR ARM HELD STRAIGHT UP.