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Cub Scout Vocabulary

Cub Scouts has a language all its own. While many of the terms may seem familiar, they can have a specific meaning within the scouting program. Below is a list of terms and definitions we have found that may help you navigate the Scouting program.

To earn the rank badge, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts must complete Achievements/ Adventures found in their Handbook. The Achievements cover these areas: God, Country, Family and Self.
Advancements in rank are presented at each pack meeting and include Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges.
Akela is the Cub Scout term for a leader – any leader – including den leaders, Cubmasters, teachers, parents, and any other adult the Cub Scout looks up to.
This is one of the biggest camping trips the pack takes every year. Each September we spend a weekend at Appltree Group campground in the Nantahala National Forest west of Franklin, NC. For many in Pack 528 this is a highlight of the Cub Scout year.
Arrow of Light
This is the highest award a boy can earn in Cub Scouting – also the ONLY (non-religious) award from Cub Scouts which can be worn on a Boy Scout Uniform. The Arrow of Light badge is awarded to a Webelos 2 scout who has been active in his den for six months, completes seven adventures (four required and three electives) plus two child safety activities from the Webelos handbook.
Assistant Cubmaster
An assistant Cubmaster is an adult (18 years or older) who assists the Cubmaster with the pack program. You may have several assistant Cubmasters. One of them might be the next Cubmaster.
Assistant Den Leader
An assistant den leader is an adult (18 years or older) who assists the den leader with the den meetings.
Assistant Webelos leader
An assistant Webelos leader is an adult (18 years or older) who assists the Webelos den leader with the den meetings.
Bear Cub
These are generally third grade Cub Scouts, who work on activities in the areas God, Country, Family and Self. Of the 24 possible Achievements, they must complete a prescribed amount in each area, for a total of 12.
Bear badge
The Bear badge is awarded to a Bear Cub when he completes 7 Adventures (6 required and one elective) plus two child safety activities from the Bear handbook.
Big Trip
Each Spring, Pack 528 plans a trip that is a little more exciting than a typical Cub Scout family campout. In the past the pack has attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Al, visited Patriots Point, South Carolina and spent the night on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, visited the Sea Turtle center on Jekyll Island, and spent the night at the Chattanooga Aquarium.
Blue and Gold
Traditionally, this is the anniversary of Scouting and the pack’s “birthday party”. In our pack, this is usually held in conjunction with the Crossover ceremony.
Every boy who joins Cub Scouts must first earn the Bobcat badge. Doing this, he learns the seven basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Promise, the Law of the Pack, the sign, the handshake, the motto, the salute, and what Webelos means.
Boy Scout
A Boy Scout is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a Troop. Boy Scouting furthers the development of the boy through camping, outdoor activities, skills development, and advancement. The Boy Scout advances through these ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, then Eagle.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is a nationally chartered organization that encompasses Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Units, and Varsity Units.
Boys Life
A magazine for boys. To subscribe, ask a den or pack leader for the special rate for registered scouts.
Buddy System
When ever a scout needs to go somewhere at camp, hiking, meetings, etc. it is always done in groups of at least two. A scout always takes a “buddy” scout with him.
Bug Juice
A fun little term for a refreshment drink (kool-aid or lemonade).
Chartered Organization
A chartered organization is a community group – often a religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other organization – that sponsors a Scouting unit, such as a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, or Venturing crew. The Boy Scouts of America issues a charter to each chartered organization, allowing them to use Scouting as part of their youth program.   Our charter organization is Hamline Chapel UMC.
Charter Renewal
Charter renewal is the annual process during which the charter issued by BSA to your chartered organization is renewed. The pack committee must help by verifying the list of boys and adults registered in the pack.
Class A Uniform
See “uniform” below. Officially, the BSA doesn’t recognize the term Class A, though the term is ubiquitous within Scouting.
Class B Uniform
A Class B uniform is any t-shirt or sweatshirt with a Cub Scout logo, and the scout’s choice of shorts or pants. The Class B uniform is worn when the occasion is not formal, the scouts are not interfacing with the general public representing scouting, or when the scouts are expected to engage in activities for which the full uniform would be inappropriate. For instance, Class B uniforms would be appropriate for a scout hike, camping trip, or athletic event. Pack 528 usually has an inventory of these available for purchase with the unit number year round. Officially, the BSA doesn’t recognize the term “class B” preferring the term “activity shirt” for any non-uniform Scouting apparel.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct helps your meetings run smoothly without disruption by getting the Cub or Webelos Scouts’ agreement on what behavior is acceptable.
This is the group of adult volunteers who “run” the Pack. Any interested adult is welcome to attend Committee meetings.
Charter Organization Representative (COR)
A person assigned by the Charter Organization to be the liaison between the troop and the charter organization.
The Council is an organization of professional Scouters that oversees all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and other units in an area. Pack 528 is part of the Atlanta Area Council.
Court of Honor
A Court of Honor is a special awards ceremony. Awards may be presented at any Pack meeting, but there is a special ceremony for presentation of awards at a Court of Honor.
Cracker Barrel
A scout term for a social gathering with refreshments after a meeting or activity. Often an evening activity at camp before taps.
A ceremony where Webelos Cub Scouts cross a ceremonial bridge to signify their transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. This is normally done at a Cub Scout Pack Meeting with Boy Scouts from the Webelos’ new troop participating. This is NOT a graduation ceremony from Cub Scouts, it is rather an induction ceremony into Boy Scouts.
Cub or Cub Scout
A Cub Scout is any member of Boy Scouts in first through fifth grade (or age 7 – 11).
Cub Scout Leader
All the adult volunteers in your pack.
Cub Scout sign
The Cub Scout sign is used when Cub Scouts say the Cub Scout Promise and Law. The sign is also used to get the attention of any Cub Scout group. To make the sign, hold up your right hand with the arm straight and first and middle fingers extended. The other fingers and thumb are folded over into the palm.
The Cubmaster is the chief adult volunteer leader and is responsible for monthly pack meetings, the program of the pack, and the operation of the dens.
Day Camp
A week-long daytime camp held every summer for Cub Scouts and their siblings. These are put on by the District or Council and allow the Cub Scouts to get a head start on requirements for their next rank.
The Den is a group of Cub Scouts who meet at regular intervals. Ideally, a den consists of 6 to 8 boys who are all working toward the same rank.
Den chief
A den chief is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer who serves as an activities assistant, helping the den leader with the den and providing fun and interesting things for the boys to do.
Den chief handbook
The Den Chief Handbook contains the Floating Ball Trick and other tricks and stunts.
Den Leader
A Cub Scout den leader is an adult volunteer who leads a Cub Scout den, with the help of assistant den leaders and parents.
Den Meeting
Individual Den Meetings are held for each rank level of Cub Scouts. These usually occur at a regular intervals, such as weekly or bi-weekly. Wolf and Bear dens work on fun projects, crafts, skits, or some of their Achievements. Webelos dens use this time to work on the various Activity Badges.
·         The Cub Scout denner is a den member elected by the den for a short period, usually one or two months. His responsibilities are determined by the den leader and den chief. This might include helping to set up the den meeting place and cleanup; helping with games, ceremonies, tricks, and puzzles; leading a song; or acting as den cheerleader. He should be given meaningful responsibilities and recognition to help him learn how to be a leader, so all boys will look forward to their turn as denner. (The short term of office is to give all boys the opportunity to serve. The shoulder cord is worn on the left shoulder.)
·         The Webelos Scout denner is a Webelos Scout who has been elected by secret ballot by the Webelos den for a short term of office, usually three to six months. His responsibilities are determined by the Webelos den leader and Webelos den chief, and might include such things as leading ceremonies, preparing equipment, setting up the meeting room, greeting new boys and helping them get acquainted, assisting with tricks and puzzles, or other worthwhile tasks.
Each Council is divided into a number of Districts. Pack 528 is part of the Hightower Trail District covering North Dekalb County.
Dutch Oven
A large cast iron covered pot used to bake and cook in.
Field Trip
Field trips are den or pack trips away from the usual meeting place. They can be as simple as a den trip to tour a local fast food restaurant or as big as a bus trip to a museum or sports event. If you are going outside your own town, you must file a tour permit with your local Boy Scouts of America council.
Friends of Scouting
Friends of Scouting (FOS) is a fund-raiser for your local council. You may be asked to host an FOS presentation at a pack meeting.
Good Turn
“Do a Good Turn Daily” is the scout slogan. A good turn is something you do without being asked or expected to do it and for which you expect no reward. When a rank is awarded, the badge is pinned to the Scout’s uniform until a good deed has been performed, at which point the badge can be turned up right, and permanantely attached to the uniform.
Each level of Scouting has its own Handbook. The Handbook is ESSENTIAL for your Scout, as it spells out the requirements for advancement, as well as providing a place to record completion of the same.
Leave No Trace (LNT)
A set of guidelines that set standards for outdoor activities that are environmentally sound and considerate to others using the same area.
Outdoor Activities
Outdoor activities are an important part of Cub Scouting. They can include hikes, picnics, games, and similar day events. Cub Scouts can also participate in pack camping, in which each Cub Scout has family members present. Cub Scout day camp and resident camp, as well as family camping opportunities, are also an important part of the program.
A Pack is a group of Cub Scouts made up of one or more dens. The Pack usually meets once every month.
Pack activities
Pack activities are additional activities and trips run by the pack.
Pack committee
The pack committee is responsible for the operation of the pack, including planning, finances, records, activities, advancement, and more.
Pack planning meeting
A pack leaders’ meeting is held monthly to finalize details for the pack program and pack meeting for the current month, and to plan upcoming months. Pack planning meetings are typically held the first Thursday of the month. Any adults with an interst in contributint to the pack are invited to attend.
Pack meeting
The pack meeting is a monthly gathering of all the Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout dens in the pack, along with their families, for recognition, fun, and program.
Pack Meeting Planning Chart
The Pack Meeting Planning Chart is a guide to planning your pack meeting. It lists all the required and optional parts of the meeting. You can choose the parts you want, determine their order, and indicate who will be responsible for preparing each.
Pinnewood Derby
Pinewood derby is an activity for all Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts. Boys build wooden race cars with adult assistance and race them down pinewood tracks for prizes and trophies. Pack 528 hods our Pinewood Derby in February. Other similar activities are the raingutter regatta (boats) and space derby (spaceships).
Popcorn Sales
Trail’s End brand popcorn is sold by Scouts to raise money for their unit activities.  This is our main fundraiser for the scouting year.
Pow Wow
A Pow Wow is an annual Cub Scout Leader learning extravaganza sponsored by the council. Check with council for a schedule.
The annual pack program is planned to lay out the themes and activities that will be used for the upcoming year. A monthly theme is chosen, and most den and pack activities for the month relate to that theme. The annual Cub Scout Program Helps contains suggested themes.
Rank Badges
The Rank Badges, in order, are: Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light.
Religious Awards
Religious Awards are earned through a Scout’s religious institution. Medals and knot patches are awarded. The medal may be worn on ceremonial occasions and is pinned to the seam of the top flap of the the left pocket in similar fashion to an Eagle Scout medal. The knot is worn touching the seam of the top flap of the left pocket.

• God and Me – Cub Scouts
• God and Family – Webelos Scouts
• God and Church – Boy Scouts
• God and Life – Older Boy Scouts

Each District holds a monthly Roundtable meeting for all of its Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. The purpose of Roundtable is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy, leadership training, and current information on upcoming Council events and training opportunities. Roundtables are the best way to find out what’s going on!
Scoutbook is an online system the pack uses to track each scout’s achivements. Den leaders will typically record activites covered during den meetings, but parents are expected to mark off any activity not completed with the den. Parents of new socuts will receive an invitation to connect with their scout(s) at the beginning of the year, and keep up with the progress throughout the year.
Service projects
Service projects are part of Cub Scouting’s citizenship training. They can include service in the neighborhood, to the community, or to the chartered organization.
Each Unit must have a sponsoring organization, such as a church, service club, etc. Also refered to as a Chartering Organization.  Pack 528 is sponsored by University Heights United Methodist Church.
A Halloween theemed camping weekend hosted by the Atlanta Area Council, and Bert Adams Scout Resevation in Covington, GA every October. Daytime activities allow Scouts to participate in various Scouting activites, including earning shooting sports awards that can only be completed at approved Scout Camps. Night time activities include trick-or-treating and a haunted trail. All activities are age appropriate for Cub Scouts from Tiger to Webelos.
Spiritual Growth
The Boy Scouts of America encourages the spiritual growth of its members but is absolutely nonsectarian and leaves decisions about religion to each Cub Scout’s family.
Tiger Cub
The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7) boys and their adult partners. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes adventures to earn the Tiger Cub Badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade. Tiger Cubs and their families are encouraged to participate in Pack events.
Tiger Cub Handbook
Every Tiger Cub gets a copy of the Tiger Cub Handbook, containing advancement requirements and ideas used to plan the den program.
Tiger Cub motto
The Tiger Cub motto is “Search, Discover, Share.”
Tiger Cub badge
The Tiger Cub badge is awarded to a Tiger Cub when he completes 7 Adventures (6 required and one elective) plus two child safety activites from the Tiger Cub handbook.
Tiger Partner
The adult partner of a Tiger Cub, usually a family member, is the Tiger Partner.
A Troop is a group of Boy Scouts made up of one or more patrols.
The Uniform is the prescribed clothing for any and all official Cub Scout events. In Pack 528, the minimum Uniform consists of a uniform shirt, (with all patches), appropriate neckerchief, and blue pants or shorts. Hats and belts are great. Webelos Scouts use the “colors” for activity pins. For “casual” events, a pack activity shirt (often referred to as a Class B uniform) is appropriate.
Each individually chartered Pack, Troop, Post or Lodge is a Unit.
Webelos means WE‘ll BELOyal Scouts.
Webelos badge
The Webelos badge is awarded to a Webelos Scout who is active in the den for three months and completes six adventures (five required and one elective) plus two child safety activities from the Webelos handbook.
Webelos den leader
A Webelos den leader is an adult volunteer who leads a Webelos Scout den, with the help of assistant Webelos den leaders and parents.
Webelos Leader Guide
The Webelos Leader Guide has a suggested sequence of activity badges designed to help the boys earn the Webelos badge and Arrow of Light. It also has suggested activities for each badge.
Webelos Den Meeting Program form
The Webelos Den Meeting Program form lists all the parts of a den meeting and is used to plan your weekly meetings. You can find a copy in your Cub Scout Leader Book. Additional blank copies may be purchased at your council service center.
Webelos Scout
These are fourth and fifth grade Cub Scouts, who work on up to 20 Activity Badges in the den setting. These activities are designed to prepare the boys for the merit badge methodology utilized in Boy Scouts.
Webelos Scout den
A Webelos Scout den consists of six to eight Webelos Scouts with a Webelos den leader and assistants, as well as a Webelos den chief. It meets every week at a time and place chosen by the Webelos den leader and parents.
Wolf Cub
These are generally second grade Cub Scouts, who are working toward earning their Wolf badge.
Wolf badge
The Wolf badge is awarded to a Wolf Cub when he completes seven adventures (six required and one elective) plus two child safety activities from the Wolf handbook.
Advanced Training for an adult leaders. . Any adult who has taken Basic Leader Training can attend this advanced training course to expand their knowledge of the scouting program and be of more help to the pack/troop.
Youth Protection
Training courses about child abuse. Training is offered for different age groups of scouts and for adults. At least one adult on every Scouting outing must be Youth Protection Trained. This training is available online.
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