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Scout Language

This page will help you AFTER you sign your son or daughter 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 definitions:

Achievements

Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts must complete Achievements in their Handbook. These Achievements cover these areas: God, Country, Family, and Self. You must complete the required number of achievements to earn the rank award.

Activity Badge

There are 20 Activity Badges a Webelos Scout can earn. These are divided into 5 areas: Physical, Mental, Technology, Outdoor, and Community. 

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 Scouts BSA 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. Of 24 possible achievements they must complete the prescribed amount in each area, God, Country, Family, and Self, for a total of 12.

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.  There is also a cross-over ceremony for our Arrow of Light Scouts to move to Scouts BSA.

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 boy or girl who joins Cub Scouts must first earn the Bobcat Badge. Doing this, he/she learns the seven basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout sign, the handshake, the motto, the salute, and what Webelos means.

Boy’s Life

A Scouting magazine for Cub Scouts to help broaden their horizons and provide useful tips.

Scouts BSA

A Scout BSA 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, Scouts BSA, and Venturing, Sea Scouting & Exploring.

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. Our Chartered Organization is VFW Post 10427, located at 8760 Ranch Rd 2243, Leander, TX 78641.

An organization that sponsors the Pack. Our Chartered Organization is VFW Post 10427.

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 and the Pack. 

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. Our Committe Chair is Kristi Palm

Council

A geographical area, made of up districts for administration of the Boy Scout programs. We are part of the Capitol Area 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 a blue uniform. 

CSBLT

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. Our Cubmaster is Dylan Martin (shown at left).

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. The position is indicated by a gold cord worn on the left shoulder.

Den Chief

A Scouts BSA Troop member who helps direct the activities of a den.

Den Leader

Amazing adult, enjoys doing all kinds of stuff with kids, 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. Pack 170 is part of the North Shore District, within the Capitol Area Council.

District Executive

A professional Scouter who is responsible for the achievements of the district. North Shore District Executive is Ward Hoffman (shown at left).

Elective

After the Achievements in the Wolf and Bear book. Can be done any time by a boy, and count toward belt loops and patches after the Wolf or Bear badge have been earned. Can be repeated, if boy does his best every time.

Fast Start

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

Fleur de lis

International Scouting Emblem.

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 kids with tools, fire, and holding things while they 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 “PTA applause”. Also, sound made when Wolf tries out hammer.

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 men & women of character. Sets example by giving back to the community.

Lion Cub Partner

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

Meeting

Semi-chaotic gathering of boys/girls where much fun and some learning happens, usually helped along by Den Leaders and Grown-ups. For Lions & Tigers, each Cub and his partner get to host or lead a meeting in turn.

OA

Order of the Arrow. An honor group of Boy Scouts and Scout leaders 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 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

The absence of voices that occurs quickly after the Cub Scout sign is raised.

Scouter

Someone who may or may not have boys in Scouting, but just really loves the program and gets satisfaction from helping boys and girls grow.

Tiger Cub Partner

A parent, big brother or sister, uncle or grandparent, or anyone who joins with a Tiger Cub to help him or her Search, Discover and Share the world as he 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. Fast Start, Basic, and Youth Protection are common types.

Victory

What a Scout wins every time he does something he really had to try at, even if he doesn’t go the fastest or highest or whatever.

Webelos

We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. Also, boys in 4th and 5th grade. Sometimes wear the khaki Boy Scout uniform (means he 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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