Scout Language
This page will help you AFTER you sign your son 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 ranks of Cub Scouts (Tiger to Arrow of Light) work on Adventures. He must complete a total of (7) Adventures to earn rank. Tiger to Bear do (6) required and (1) elective. Webelos do (5) required and (2) electives. Arrow of Light do (4) required and (3) electives.

Adventure Pins
There are a total of (27) Activity Pins a Webelos can earn. (5) Webelos required (4) Arrow of Light required and (18) elective Adventure Pins.

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 (AoL)
This is the highest award / rank 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. All boys in the 5th grade will work on their Arrow of Light (AoL) rank / award. Arrow of Light is part of the Webelos program.

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.


BALOO
Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation, BALOO is an instructor-led course which is conducted at the Council level. BSA's Cub Scout level camping policies will be taught along with the necessary tools to help units carry out a successful camping experience. Completion of this course is mandatory for at least one adult on a Pack over-nighter. 
Bear
Veteran Cub Scout, now in 3rd Grade. He wears his blue uniform with blue neckerchief for the last time. He has been there, done that, and looking for action. Parents do not need to be present in the den. Parents should involve themselves in helping the pack go by volunteering for other task or events. Bears are expected to set an example for the younger scouts. 

Blue and Gold Banquet (B&G)
Generally held the first week in January 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. Pack 241 generally does a "Theme" Banquet.

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 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’s Life
A Scouting magazine for boys to help broaden their horizons in Cubbing.

Boy Scout (BS)
A Boy Scout is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a troop. He advances through these ranks: Scout, 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
Is used in all parts of Cub Scouts activities. All scouts must have a Buddy present when going to the water fountain, bathroom or doing any other cub scout activtiy. A Buddy can be another scout a parent or another sibling of reasonable age. 

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 Daniel Beard Council.


Cub Scout (CS)
Any of a million or so boys 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. 

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 boys who meet at regular intervals.

Denner
A Cub Scout or Webelo 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. He does not conduct the den meeting, but help supports the Den Leader as a youth leader. Someone young Cub Scouts can look up too.

Den Leader
Amazing adult, enjoys doing all kinds of stuff with boys, 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.

Den Meeting
Usually held once a week at a certain time / place. Den Meetings are conducted by the den leader to help guide the boys through the various adventures required for rank.

District
Each council is divided into a number of districts. A district is a sub geographical area of the Council

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

Elective
This is an adventure a scout choose to work on from a list of elective adventures for his rank. Each rank has their own set of elective adventures for the scout to choose from. Tiger to Bear must do (1) elective, Webelos must do (2) electives and Arrow of Light must do (3) electives adventures.

Fleur de lis
International Boy Scout Emblem. Also used by New Orleans football team. Some Scouters even have boxer shorts with this on them.

Friends of Scouting (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 boy 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 boy in Cub Scouts, as in “I did it!”

Joy
What happens when boy says “I did it!” after trying very hard.

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

Law
Law also known as "Scout Law". 12 words that all scouts live by. All Cub Scouts will learn the Scout Law

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

New
Everything a Cub Scout encounters for the first time! Learning about others, working with his partner, and finding out about the world around him. New things are things to Search--Discover--and Share for the whole Cub Den.

Oath
Oath also knows at "Scout Oath". The Scout Oath is something all Cub Scouts will learn. It is the guiding principal that scouts go by.

Order of the Arrow (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 or our dens and families together is called a Pack. The pack usually meets once a month and hands out advancements and awards.

Pack Meeting
Semi-chaotic gathering of boys held once a month where the boys receive praise and awards for all they have accomplished in the previous weeks. The Pack meeting can contain songs and skits by the various dens.

Pinewood Derby
A pack racing competition, where Cubs and their parents work together to make a model car out of a block of wood. 

Promise
What leaders try to deliver. To do their Best, to help others, and to help boys learn to Do Their Duty to God, Country, Family, and self.

Quiet
When the Cub Scout sign is made, this is to represent the two "Wolf" ears. Cub Scouts learn what these usually pretty quickly. Cub Scouts know to get quite and listen.

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

Tiger
Youngest of the Cub Scout  group. Boys who just completed Kindergarten can start Cub Scouts June 1st of that year. They wear a blue uniform and orange neckerchief. Tigers tend to be the most energetic. A parent / guardian must accompany his Tiger at all times both in the den meeting and on cub scout outings.

Tiger Cub Partner
A parent, big brother or sister, uncle or grandparent, or anyone who joins with a Tiger Cub to help him 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

Webelos
We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. All boys in 4th and 5th grade. Webelos wear the khaki and olive Boy Scout uniform (means he outgrew the blue one). Webelos is an 18 month to 2 year program. Webelos work on various Adventure Pins and not Belt Loops, they camp with an actual Boy Scout Troop, goes on hikes, prepares to be a Boy Scout. They are to set a example for all younger scouts to follow. 

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. Wolf Parents can take a step back. They do not need to be present in the den. They are encourage to take a step back and let their cub scout start exploring, learning and discovering along with other scouts.