After two years I’ve decided requiring the child safety requirement for Bobcat is more trouble than it’s worth
Firstly, it’s way too wordy as a booklet for the parent to know what to do. There’s nothing for the parent to cover with their child until page 19!
Secondly, there is no Bobcat requirements in the latest pamphlet. So the parent is left trying to figure out what that means. See item 7
Thirdly, the booklet has wrong advancement information. The 2018 printing at the top of page 13 forgot Lion doesn’t require the cyber chip. The current printing is newer than the Lion rank
Fourth, it’s a requirement AGAIN for the annual rank later in the year.
So how does this affect a Scout? I had kids join the program at the beginning of September, complete multiple Tiger advancement items, go on weekend activities and never finish Bobcat before quitting at the end of November. I can only remind parents so many times.
If this last requirement is dropped then Bobcat can become a single night activity.
A brand new Cub Scout can show up at their very first meeting and leave WITH the Bobcat badge. This makes them want to go get a uniform to be able to wear it at their second meeting. They come out of their first meeting encouraged and happy because they completed something. By being interested in the program it makes their parent more likely to stick with it for a little longer so I can fit in raingutter regatta and other activities so they enjoy coming to meetings and want to renew their membership. Then I can get them signed up for camp. The Scouts who stick around in the spring and went to camp are mostly the ones I had show up again in August
So I’m amending the Bobcat requirements in support of the kids and I hope the official requirements do too.