Scout Language

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.

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 boy looks to for guidance!

Arrow of Light

This is the highest award a child 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 (CA)

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

Assistant Den Leader (DA)

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 Banquet

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 Oath, the sign, the handshake, the motto, the salute, and what Webelos means.

Boy’s Life

A Scouting magazine for children to help broaden their horizons in Cubbing.

Boy Scout

A Boy Scout is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a troop. They advance through these ranks: 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 area, made up of districts for administration of the Boy Scout programs. We are part of the Minsi Trails Council.

Cub Scout

Any of a million or so children 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. Likes to eat DingDongs and Bug Juice.

Cubmaster

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

Den

A group of 6-8 scouts who meet at regular intervals.

Denner

A Cub Scout or Webelo scout elected by their 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 scouts, even if it involves large quantities of patience. Easily smiles, asks others for help, and uses all kinds of resources to keep smiling.

District

Each council is divided into a number of districts. Pack 71 is in the Trexler District.

District Executive

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

Elective

After the Achievements in the Wolf and Bear book. Can be done any time by a scout, and count toward Arrow Points after the Wolf or Bear badge have been earned. Can be repeated, if the scout does their best every time.

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 the scout plays. 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 “PTA applause”. Also, sound made when Wolf tries out hammer.

I

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

Kid

Young male goat, or some one else’s progeny. Good candidate for Cubs.

Leader

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

Lion

New program available 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 them roar as they play and do things with other Lions and their partners.

Meeting

Semi-chaotic gathering of scouts where much fun and some learning happens, usually helped along by Den Leaders and Grown-ups.

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 of 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 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 kids in Scouting, but just really loves the program and gets satisfaction from helping the unit.

Tiger Adult Partner

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

Webelos

Acronym for 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.



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