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

Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scouts must complete Adventures in their Handbook. These Adventures cover personal growth areas including God, Country, Family, and Self. Completion of an Adventure is marked by presentation of an Adventure Loop, a metal badge that can be placed on a Scout's uniform belt. Scouts must complete the required number of Adventures to earn the rank award.

Adventure Pins

While younger Scouts earn belt loops, Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts earn pins to place on a ribbon (Webelos Colors)worn on the left sleeve. There are many Adventure Pins a Webelos or Arrow of Light scout can earn. These are divided into personal growth areas such as Spiritual, Physical, Mental, Technology, Outdoor, and Community. An Adventure Pin is presented for completion of each Adventure. Completion of the required number of Adventures is necessary to earn the Webelos or Arrow of Light rank.

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 youth can earn in Cub Scouting, and is 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. Chooses his achievements, and looks forward to Webelos.

Blue and Gold Banquet

Generally held in April to celebrate the Cub Scouting year. 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 youth who joins Cub Scouts must first earn the Bobcat Badge. Doing this, he or she learns the basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Scout Oath and Law, the Cub Scout sign, the handshake, the motto, and the salute.

Boy’s Life

A Scouting magazine for youth to help broaden their horizons in Scouting.

Boy Scout

A Boy Scout is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a troop. He or she advances 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 are, made of up districts for administration of the Boy Scout programs. We are part of the Northern Star Council.

Cub Scout

Any of a million or so youths 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 S'mores and go camping.

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 youths 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 Scouts, even if it involves large quantities of patience. Easily smiles, asks others for help, and uses all kinds of resources to keep smiling - like Roundtables.

District

Each council is divided into a number of districts.

District Executive

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

Electives

Optional Adventures for Scouts of all levels. Electives are rank-specific. Completion of at least one Elective Adventure is required for all Cub Scout ranks.

Fleur de lis

International Boy Scout Emblem. It represents the compass rose, because a Scout should always be able to point the way. 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 boys with tools, fire, and holding things while the youths play.  Would look really good in a tan leader's shirt... and we happen to have one in your size!

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 boy in Cub Scouts, as in “I did it!”

Joy

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

Kid

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

Lion

A kindergartner in his or her first year of Scouts. Lions meet and work with their adult partner, who probably didn't realize at first how much time he or she will end up devoting to Scouting in the next decade!

Leader

Person who gives an hour each week (or more) to help our Cubs grow to be young men and women of character. Sets example by giving back to the community.

Meeting

Semi-chaotic gathering of Scouts where much fun and some learning happens, usually helped along by Den Leaders and Grown-ups. For Lions and Tigers, each adult partner gets to attend (and help run) meetings in turn.

New

Everything for a Lion or Tiger Scout! Learning about others, working with his or her adult partner, and finding out about the world. New things are things to Search - Discover - and Share for the whole Den.

OA

Order of the Arrow. An honor group of Boy Scouts who give cheerful service helping others learn to enjoy the outdoors. Order of the Arrow members 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.

Parent

An adult accompanying a Scout to his meetings. Parents are generally identifiable by the number of Leaders approaching them, telling them how good they would look in a tan shirt!

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 youths 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 Scouts grow into strong men and women.

Tiger

A first grade Scout in his or her first blue uniform shirt. A room full of Tigers is a sight to behold. They're cute when they sit still - which isn't often!

Tiger Adult Partner

A parent, big brother or sister, uncle or grandparent, or anyone who joins with a Tiger Scout to help him or her Search, Discover and Share the world as he or she plays and does things with other Tigers and their partners.

Training

Available in many varieties to help everyone Do Their Best to be a good leader. It starts out small, but training never ends - good leaders are always working to become better!

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!

Victory

What a Scout wins every time he or she does something that really required effort, even if he or she doesn’t go the fastest or highest or whatever.

Webelos

We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. Also, boys and girls in 4th and 5th grade. Sometimes wear the khaki Boy Scout uniform (means they outgrew the blue one). Works on Adventure 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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