6. Scouting Terms

This page will help you AFTER you sign your child up for Scouts. So glance it over for now and remember it is here for you later...

If you are new to scouting you will be exposed to "Scoutspeak". (It’s kinda like when you go to a party and everyone there is a computer programmer except you.)

To help you decode “Scoutspeak”, here are a few handy-dandy definitions:

Adventures

All Cub Scouts must complete Adventures in their Handbook. These Adventures cover these areas: God, Country, Family, and Self. You must complete Seven Adventures to earn the rank award. For earning each adventure, scouts typically earn an adventure loop that can be work on their scouts belt or displayed in some other cool way. Be creative.

Akela

The Leader of the Pack. Does not have to wear leather or ride a Harley, although sometimes it helps. Usually the Cubmaster, but Akela also means Den Leaders and YOU--the main leader your scout looks to for guidance!

Arrow of Light

This is the highest award a scout can earn in Cub Scouting. Also the only non-religious award from Cub Scouts which can be worn on a Boy Scout Uniform.

Assistant Cubmaster

A volunteer who helps the Cubmaster run the pack and fills in when the Cubmaster is unavailable.

Assistant Den Leader

A volunteer leader who helps the Den Leader with holding weekly den meeting and fills in when the Den Leader is unavailable.

Bear

Veteran Cub Scout, now in 3rd Grade. Been there, done that, and looking for action.

Blue and Gold

Generally held in February to celebrate the anniversary of Cub Scouting. This celebration can be an annual pot luck dinner, banquet or whatever the pack decides to make it.

Blue and Gold Colors

The Cub Scout Colors. Blue stands for truth and spirituality, loyalty, and the sky above. Gold stands for warm sunlight, good cheer, and happiness.

Bobcat

Every child who joins Cub Scouts must first earn the Bobcat Badge. Doing this, they learn the seven basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Scout Law and Promise, the sign, the handshake, the motto, the salute, and what Webelos means.

Boy’s Life

A Scouting magazine published for the scouts to help broaden their horizons in scouting.

Boy Scout

A Boy Scout is a boy or girl between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a troop. With recent changed to scouting allowing girls to now join cub scouts and boy scouts, terminology is changing to accommodate these rapid changes. Please be aware that girls are welcome in the organization and can strive to attain the rank of eagle, but please check with your pack or troop to be sure they are accepting and ready for new girls to join. Each scout advances through these ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, then Eagle.

Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

The Boy Scouts of America is a nationally chartered organization that encompasses Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Crews

Buddy System

One part of the Safe Swim Defense. Swimmers of like ability are paired. Check in and out of the water together and stay within 10 feet of each other during the swim. It is also used on other Cub Scout activities for safety reasons.

Charter

Formal permission from the Boy Scouts of America allowing a pack to organize

Chartered Organization

An organization that sponsors the pack. Monthly meetings are usually held in a building owned by that organization.

Chartered Organization Representative

An adult representative of the group or organization that currently holds the BSA charters. Reports information to and from the chartered organization

Commissioner

A volunteer Scouter who works with packs, troops, and crews to help the unit succeed.

Committee

This is a group of adult volunteers who “run” the pack. Any interested adult is welcome to attend Committee meetings

Committee Chair

The adult leader of the pack committee. Provides the motivation and direction to the committee to get the pack program implemented.

Council

A geographical are, made of up districts for administration of the Boy Scout programs. We are part of the Abraham Lincoln Council.

Cub Scout

Any of a million or so boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 11 who get together and have fun at Den and Pack meetings. Marked by curiosity, easy laughter, speed, and blue uniform. Generally likes to eat Donuts with Bug Juice.

CSLBT

Cub Scout Leader Basic Training is 6 hour training session that covers all basic information needed to be pack leader.

Cubmaster

The Cubmaster is the chief adult volunteer leader. The Cubmaster runs the pack meetings and advices other leaders.

Den

A group of 6-8 boys or girls who meet at regular intervals.

Denner

A Cub Scout or Webelos scout elected by his peers to help the den chief and den leader.

Den Chief

A Boy Scout who helps direct the activities of a den

Den Leader

Amazing adult, enjoys doing all kinds of stuff with boys and girls, even if it involves large quantities of patience. Easily smiles, asks others for help, and uses all kinds of resources to keep smiling...like cookies.

District

Each council is divided into a number of districts. Our district is the Lincoln Home District.

District Executive

A professional Scouter who is responsible for the achievements of the district.

Electives

Most ranks have requirements that include a defined set of adventures that each scouts must work toward to earn the rank. In addition to these defined requirements there are require electives. If a scouts has to also complete one elective, it is an additional adventure from a list of electives that he or she gets to choose from. All scouts of the same rank must complete the required core adventures, but each scout can complete a different elective. Electives can be done any time by a scout, and count toward any elective requirements for their rank. Also, more than the required number of electives can be completed. If there are additional topics that your scout is interested in, by all means they can go crazy with learning!

Fast Start

Program for new leaders to help them until they can attend CSLBT.

Fleur de lis

International Boy Scout Emblem. Also used by New Orleans football team. Some Scouters even have boxer shorts with this on them.

FOS

Friends of Scouting. Donations to support the camps, materials, special events, and the professional coordinators who help make Scouting possible.

Grown-up

Largish post-Cub Scout person, good for helping scouts with tools, fire, and holding things while scouts play. Good candidate for leader.

Howl

A form of cheer, along with Growls, Whoops, and the Disco Mosquito cheer; all done to show appreciation of Cub Scout skits and stunts in place of mundane old concert hall applause.

I

Word used with great pride by boy in Cub Scouts, as in “I did it!”

Joy

What happens when scout says “I did it!” after trying very hard.

Leader

Person who gives an hour each week (or more) to help scouts grow to be young citizens of character. Sets example by giving back to the community.

Lion

New pilot program available in some Councils for Cub Scouts in Kindergarten. Besides being extremely cute, Lions meet once or twice a month and have lots of fun doing activities and getting the stickers everyone wants!

Lion Adult Partner

A parent, big brother or sister, uncle or grandparent, or anyone who joins with a Lion to help him roar as he plays and does things with other Lion and their partners.

Lion Den Leader

Adult liaison between Lion parents and the Pack. See also Den Leader.

Meeting

Gathering of scouts where much fun and some learning happens, usually helped along by Den Leaders and Grown-ups. For Lions and Tigers, each Lion or Tiger and partner get to host a meeting in turn.

OA

Order of the Arrow. An honor group of Boy Scouts who give cheerful service helping others learn to enjoy the outdoors. Arrowmen also present dramatic and exciting ceremonies at campfires and special awards meetings.

Pack

The whole group – all or our dens and families together is called a Pack. The pack usually meets once a month.

Pinewood Derby

A pack racing competition, where Cubs and their parents work together to make model pinewood derby cars and compete for prizes.

Promise

What leaders try to deliver. To do their Best, to help others, and to help scouts learn to Do Their Duty to God, Country, Family, and self.

Quiet

Unknown concept.

Scouter

Someone who may or may not have children in Scouting, but just really loves the program and gets satisfaction from helping youth grow into awesome young adults.

Tiger Adult Partner

A parent, big brother or sister, uncle or grandparent, or anyone who joins with a Tiger to help scouts Search, Discover and Share the world as they play and do things with other Tigers and their partners.

Tiger Den Leader

Adult liaison between Tiger parents and the Pack. See also Den Leader.

Training

Available in many varieties to help everyone Do Their Best to be a good leader. Fast Start, Basic, and Youth Protection are common types

Useful

Most anything you’d never think of. Juice can lids and tissue tubes, bits of string, wood, packing peanuts, wheels, marbles, frosting containers, and whole bunches of stuff that make great craft supplies and the den leaders kit!

Victory

What a boy or girl gets every time they do something they really had to try at, even if he doesn’t go the fastest or highest or whatever.

Webelos

We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. Also, scouts in 4th and 5th grade. Sometimes wear the khaki Scout uniform (means they outgrew the blue one). Works on Activity Pins, camps, goes on hikes, prepares to be a Boy Scout. Old hand at this Cub Scout business--can build a Pinewood Derby car blindfolded.

Wolf

Cub Scout in 2nd grade. Incredibly cute in blue uniform and new yellow neckerchief. Full of life and enthusiasm, eager to learn all about Cubs.

X,Y, and Z

Symbols for the unknown. Not even Akela knows all the answers!


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