Achievement - The name given to a major requirement in the Cub Scout
program. There are 12 achievements for the Wolf rank and 24 achievements
for the Bear rank.
Activity Badge - One of 20 specialized recognitions earned by Webelos
Advancement - The process by which a member meets certain requirements
and earns recognition.
Akela - A title of respect used in Cub Scouting; any good leader is Akela. The
name comes from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.
Arrow of Light Award - Highest rank in Cub Scouting. The only Cub Scout
badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
Arrow Point - An award given to a cub Scout who has completed 10 elective
projects beyond the rank for his grade. A gold arrow point is given for the first
10 projects and a silver arrow point is given for each additional 10 projects
thereafter. He may earn any number of silver arrow points for his rank.
Assistant Cubmaster (CA) - A person 18 years or older person appointed to
help the Cubmaster.
Assistant Den Leader (DA) - A person appointed to help the Cub Scout den
Assistant District Commissioner (ADC) - A volunteer Scouter who helps
the district commissioner. An ADC is in charge of all unit commissioners in an
assigned area of the district.
Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth - Founder of the worldwide
Scouting movement. Born in London, February 22, 1857. He is referred to as
Lord Baden- Powell of Gilwell, Chief Scout of the World. Died January 8, 1941.
BALOO (Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) - A six-hour training
course that an adult member of the pack must complete before the pack can
participate in a pack overnighter.
Basic Training - Formal introduction to the program, purpose, ideals and
procedures of the Cub Scout program necessary for a volunteer to function
with the ease and confidence that comes with knowledge.
Bear Rank - awarded to the Third grade Cub Scout for completing 12 of the 24 achievements.
Blue and Gold Banquet - A birthday dinner for Scouting held by Cub packs in
Bobcat - The first rank for all Cub Scouts.
Boy's Life - The magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America to help boys broaden their horizons in Scouting.
Buddy System - A part of 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. Buddy system is used also in other activities such as
hiking and field trips for safety reasons.
Camporee - A council or district event where Boy Scout troops come together for one or two nights of joint camping. Usually involves competition between troops
in Scoutcraft skills. Cub Scouts (especially Webelos) are sometimes invited to
Charter - Formal permission from the Boy Scouts of America allowing a pack to organize.
Chartered Organization - The sponsoring organization of the pack. This
organization may be a religious, civic, fraternal, educational or other community based
group. Monthly pack meetings are usually held in a building owned by that
Class A Uniform - The official Boy Scout uniform consisting of the blue or tan
shirt, blue or green Scout pants, or Scout shorts, neckerchief, Scout belt, and
Scout cap. This uniform is to worn to all Scout meetings, activities, campouts
unless a Scout is specifically told to wear something else.
Class B Uniform - The Pack blue T-shirt, blue Scout pants, or Scout shorts with white socks or scout socks, Scout belt, and Scout cap. This uniform is worn when
the Den Leader or Cubmaster requests it.
Commissioner - A volunteer Scouter who works with packs and/or troops to help units succeed.
Committee Chairman (CC) - An adult 21 years of age or older, the executive
officer of the committee, who works with the Cubmaster to assure that the pack
provides the Cub Scout phase of the Scouting program.
Compass Point Patch - Award earned by Webelos Scouts as they advance in the Webelos program. This cloth patch is hung by a loop from a button on the boy's
right shirt pocket. Metal pins are added to the patch and attached at compass
points (north, east, south and west) as the boy advances by earning activity
Council - A chartered body of representatives from organizations operating
Scouting units and members at large responsible for Scouting in a designated
Council headquarters - The local office for Scouting in a specific geographic
area. The country is divided into more than 400 local councils.
Crossover - When Webelos Scouts become Boy Scouts: Webelos crossover.”
Cubmaster (CM) - An adult 21 years of age or older, who holds this commission in a Cub Scout pack. The pack leader and Akela for the pack, serves as Master of Ceremonies during monthly pack meetings.
Cubmaster Award - A blue square knot on a gold field awarded to Cubmaster’s who have completed training and performance and served for 2 years.
Cub Scout - A boy or girl who is registered with a Cub Scout pack. Also, the reason
why we're all here!!!
Cub Scouter Award - A blue and gold square knot on a blue field awarded to
Cub Scouters who have completed training and performance and served for 2
years at the pack level and/or in a district or council Cub Scout position.
Cub Scout Handshake - Used by Cub Scouts and Scouters with the right hand. It is given like an ordinary handshake except the index and middle fingers are
extended toward the other person, touching his wrist.
Cub Scout Motto - "Do Your Best."
Cub Scout Promise -
I, (name), promise to do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
To help other people, and
To obey the Law of the Pack
Cub Scout Salute - A hand salute made by Cub Scouts and Scouters with the
fingers of the right hand held in position as for Cub Scout Sign, except that the
index and middle fingers are held together. The tips of the fingers touch the right
eyebrow or the Cub Scout hat.
Cub Scout Sign - A sign made by raising the right hand straight up high over the
head with the palm forward. The first two fingers are wide apart and pointing up
as in a V. The thumb covers the nails of the ring and little fingers. This sign
symbolizes the ears of Akela, and when held up, the group should become silent.
Day Camp - Summertime fun for all registered Cub Scouts. This daytime
program allows boys to interact with boys from other packs and keeps boys and
adults active in the Cub Scout movement.
Den - Small group of Cub Scouts who meet once a week in the home of a den
leader to work on projects, learn games, songs, tricks and skits to be presented at
monthly pack meeting.
Den Chief - A Boy Scout who has been appointed to help direct the activities of a Cub Scout den.
Den Doodle - Advancements record using beads, spools or markers hung on
string, lacing or yarn by each boy or girl to represent his advancement. It is displayed at
monthly pack meetings.
Den Leader (DL) - The adult on-the-scene supervisor of a Cub Scout den. A
registered member of the pack who attends basic training.
Den Leader Award - A gold square knot on a blue field awarded to den leaders who have completed training and performance and served for two years.
Denner - Cub Scout who helps the den leader with den and pack meetings. This is generally a rotating position so each Cub Scout may serve and learn a little about helping and leadership.
District - Level of the Cub Scout organization directly under the council. Each
Cub Scout belongs to a den, each den belongs to a pack, each pack belongs to a
district, each district belongs to a council, each council belongs to a region, and
all regions belong to the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America.
District Award of Merit - A silver knot on a dark blue field awarded for
outstanding service by a volunteer on the district level.
District Commissioner (DC) - A volunteer Scouter who is in charge of all
commissioners within a district.
District Committee - A group of registered adult scouters responsible for
carrying out the council program within their district.
District Executive - A professional paid Scouter who works with the volunteers under the direction of the Scout Executive.
Elective - A part of the Cub Scout advancement program. There are electives in both the Wolf and Bear rank books. For every 10 electives completed, a Cub
Scout earns an arrow point.
Fast Start - Supplemental training program for new leaders designed to help
them until they can attend basic training.
Friends of Scouting (FOS) - An annual campaign in which Scouters, and other
interested people in the community, can provide financial support to the local
council to assist in meeting its objectives.
Go See It - A field trip or outing conducted by a Tiger Cub den.
Good Turn - A distinctive feature of Scouting is its emphasis upon service to
others. The Good Turn habit is one that all Scouts endeavor to acquire.
Instant Recognition Patch/Progress Towards Ranks Patch - Diamond shaped
patch to which a plastic thong and beads are attached for instant recognition of
achievements. Each time a boy completes 3 achievements he will receive one
bead. Wolf earns yellow and Bear earns red beads, awarded in the den.
National BSA - Headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America, located in Irving, Texas, where the Cub Scout program is developed and literature is developed
National Summertime Pack Award - An award earned by the pack for
conducting a summer program.
Outdoor Code - A pledge for proper outdoor conduct which should be followed by all Cub Scouts and leaders.
Outdoor Program - The total scope of outdoor programs offered by the Boy
Scouts of America, including unit outings, camporees, Cub Scout day camps,
long-term Scout camps, council and national jamborees.
Pack - The unit that conducts Cub Scouting for the chartered organization.
Usually consists of 2 or more dens and conducts monthly meetings.
Pack Committee - A committee of concerned parents and leaders, approved by the chartered organization, to administer the affairs of the pack.
Pack Meeting - Monthly meeting of Cub Scouts, adult leaders, committee
members and parents, where Cub Scouts and adults receive recognition for their
advancement in rank or service to Scouting. Skits, songs and other entertainment
should be performed by dens.
Pack Trainer - A registered leader of the pack, at least 21 years of age, who is
responsible for orienting new parents as well as seeking the goal of having 100
percent of pack leadership trained in their position responsibilities.
Patches/Badges - Worn on the uniform to designate rank or training awards.
Refer to the Wolf, Bear, or Webelos books, den leader book, or Insignia Control
Guide for specific placement information.
Philmont Training Center - The national volunteer training center of the Boy
Scouts of America, located at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron , New Mexico .
Pinewood Derby - A pack activity that involves making and racing model cars on a tract.
Pow Wow - All-day learning experience for Cub Scout leaders covering a wide
variety of subjects with some hands-on experiences.
Program Helps - An annual publication of the BSA to help den and pack leaders plan their meetings by using monthly themes.
Quality Unit Award - Recognition given each charter year to units that commit
to and meet six of eight national standards (three are required) pertaining to
leadership training, service, advancement, camping and membership growth.
Raingutter Regatta - A pack activity that involves making and racing model
boats in a raingutter.
Region – There are four large geographical administrative units of the BSA. We are part of the Southern Region.
Registration - The payment of an annual registration fee. This is one of the
requirements for membership of the BSA.
Religious Awards - An award present by individual faiths to Cub and Boy Scouts for completion of a set of requirements within their respective faiths. Adults may also receive a religious award for service to youth within their own faith.
Roundtable - A monthly district level meeting where den and pack leaders learn new ideas on monthly themes, receive information on district and council
activities, and have a general exchange of ideas.
Safe Swim Defense - An eight-point plan for safe swimming.
Safety Afloat - Nine guidelines for safe unit activity afloat in watercraft less than 26 feet long.
Scouting Anniversary Week - The week, beginning on Sunday, that includes
February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day— the day the BSA was incorporated in
Scout Benediction - "May the Great Master of all Scouts be with us until we
Scouter - A registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Scouter's Key - A recognition given to a unit leader or commissioner for
completing training, tenure, and performance requirements.
Scout Executive - The professional staff leader of a council.
Scouting Magazine - The official magazine sent to all registered Scouters.
Service Center-Scout Headquarters - It contains the professionals' offices and the Scout Shop (where you can buy uniforms and all of your Scouting needs.)
Service Star - Worn on the uniform above the left pocket to denote years of
service in the Scouting program.
Shared Leadership - The concept of sharing leadership responsibilities in Tiger
Cubs. Tiger Cub—adult partner teams take turns assuming the responsibility of
hosting a month of meetings.
Silver Beaver - A recognition given by the National Court of Honor for
distinguished service to youth within the local council. The similar regional award
is the Silver Antelope and the national award is the Silver Buffalo.
Space Derby - A pack activity that involves making and racing model spaceships.
Tenure - A term used to describe the length of service and membership in
Tiger Cub - A first grade boy registered with an adult partner in the Tiger Cub
Tour Permit - Permit approved by the council for any outing that is to be taken
by a group of Cub Scouts if traveling is involved. Check with the Service Center.
Trained Leader Emblem - All Cub Scout leaders who have completed Basic
Leader Training appropriate to their positions may wear this emblem.
Two-Deep Leadership - The concept of having at least two adult registered
leaders at every pack meeting or den outing for the safety and welfare of the
Uniform - The distinctive feature of Scouting that quickly identifies its members.
Uniform Inspection - A feature of a unit meeting when members of the
registered unit are given an opportunity to demonstrate their uniformed
Unit - A term used to designate any one of the following; pack, troop, team, post, or ship.
Unit Commissioner - A commissioner assigned to a unit to lend support and help when needed. He/she can be the unit's best friend.
Volunteer - Individual who donates services, time, and/or funds to support the
program of the Boy Scouts of America.
Volunteer Service - The work of a great body of men and women who make
Scouting available to youth by their leadership of units.
Webelos Badge - A rank earned by a fourth or fifth grade boy which is part of the requirements for the Arrow of Light.
Webelos Colors - Green, red, and gold streamers on a blue metal bar that boys may wear to display Webelos activity badges.
Webelos Den - A group of Webelos Scouts who meet weekly under the
supervision of a Webelos den leader.
Webelos Den Chief - A Boy Scout who has been appointed to help direct the
activities of a Webelos den.
Webelos Den Leader - The adult on-the-scene supervisor of a Webelos Scout den. A registered member of the pack who attends basic training to learn how to
fulfill the job of a Webelos den leader.
Webelos Resource Person - A registered member of the troop committee or an assistant Scoutmaster who serves as liaison between the troop and the Webelos
Webelos Scout - A Cub Scout who has completed the third grade belongs to a
Webelos den. He works on activities in the Webelos book which are suited to his
age. He will be exposed to more challenging outdoor experiences including
Webelos-to-Scout Transition - The preparation and graduation of a boy from
Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.
Whittling Chip Card - A card that Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts earn after they have learned the safety rules and proper care guidelines of using a
Wolf - A rank earned by a second grade Cub Scout when he completes 12
achievements in the Wolf Book.
Wood Badge - Advanced training session (open by invitation only) for qualified
Cub Scout trainers.
World Conservation Award - An award for Cub Scouts emphasizing the
importance of our natural resources and our interdependence with other countries
in fulfilling our mutual needs.
World Crest - A badge worn by Scouts and Scouters as a symbol of commitment to the World Association of Scouting. A portion from the sale of this patch goes to support this association.
World Friendship Fund - A fund to which Scouts and Scouters in the United
States of America may contribute to provide material help to Scouts and Scouting
around the world.
Youth Protection Program - This BSA emphasis fights child abuse by teaching
youth how to recognize, resist, and report child abuse; by helping parents and
Scouters learn to recognize indications of child abuse; and by teaching them how
to address and prevent child abuse situations. Youth Protection training addresses
these BSA policies