Glossary of Cub Scouting Terms
Cub Scouting has a language all its own. If you are not
familiar with it, below are the definitions of many terms you will
encounter as you get more and more involved in the program.
- To earn the rank badge, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts
must complete Achievements found in their Handbook. The Achievements
cover these areas: God, Country, Family and Self.
- Activity Badge
- There are 20 Activity Badges a Webelos Scout can
earn. These are divided into 5 areas: Physical, Mental, Technology,
Outdoor, and Community. A pin is presented for completion of each
- Advancements in rank are presented at each pack
meeting and include Tiger Cub, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of
- 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.
- 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.
- Arrow Points
- Arrow Points are awarded to Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts
for completion of electives beyond the Achievements covered for earning
the Wolf or Bear rank badge. A Gold Arrow Point is awarded for the
first 10 electives; a Silver Arrow Point is awarded for each successive
10 electives completed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Boy's Life
- A magazine for boys. To subscribe, ask a den or pack leader for the special rate for registered scouts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clown Volleyball
- To play Clown Volleyball, tie a string about 6 feet
up off the ground to act as a net (play the game outdoors if you can).
Divide the den into two teams and give each team an inflated balloon.
Both balloons are played at the same time, and the game ends when both
balls are "grounded."
- 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.
- The Council is an organization of professional
Scouters that oversees all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and other
units in an area. Pack 339 is part of the Heart of America Council. The
scout executive for our council is Mr. Richard McFadden.
- 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.
- 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
- You and all the other 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.
- The Den is a group of Cub Scouts who meeet 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
- 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.
- Field Each Council is divided into a number of
Districts. Pack 339 is part of the ______ District. __________ is our
- 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.
- Floating Ball Trick
- To do the Floating Ball Trick, hold a table tennis
ball over the end of a soda straw, tip your head back, and blow hard.
Release the ball and it will stay suspended above the straw as long as
- 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. FOS was formerly called Sustaining Membership Enrollment (SME).
- 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.
- Living Circle
- In a Living Circle, Cub Scouts and leaders stand in a
circle, left hands extended to the center, palm down. Each person
grasps the thumb of the person to their left, forming a complete circle
of hands. The right hand is raised in the Cub Scout sign. Pumping the
left hands up and down, everyone says "Ah-KAY-la, we'll do our best."
- 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.
- The whole group - all of our dens and families together is called a Pack. 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 leaders' 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 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.
- Pinewood 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. Other similar
activities are the raingutter regatta (boats) and space derby
- 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
- Rank Badges
- The Rank Badges, in order, are: Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos.
- Recognitions include Wolf and Bear arrow points,
Webelos activity badges, and nonadvancement recognitions, such as Cub
Scout Academics and Sports belt loops, service stars, etc.
- 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!
- Each Unit must have a sponsoring organization, such
as a church, service club, etc. Pack 339 is sponsored by Chandler
- Scout Sign
- The Scout sign is used when Webelos Scouts say the
Scout Oath or Promise and Scout Law. To make the sign, raise the right
hand palm forward, upper arm straight, and out to the side. The arm is
bent at the elbow, forming a right angle. The three middle fingers are
held erect and the thumb covers the nail of the little finger.
- 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.
- 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.
- Strong Man
- For or Strong Man, make a set of "weights" out of
cardboard. The boys can wear long-sleeved shirts with the sleeves
stuffed for "muscles."
- A monthly theme is chosen by the pack committee, and
most den and pack activities for the month relate to that theme. The
annual Cub Scout Program Helps contains themes suggested by the Boy
Scouts of America.
- Tiger Cub
- The Tiger Cub program is for first grade (or age 7)
boys and their adult partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement
areas. The Tiger Cub, working with his adult partner, completes 15
requirements within these areas 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
- 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 15 achievements in the Tiger Cub handbook.
- Tiger Partner
- The adult partner of a Tiger Cub, usually a family member, is the Tiger Partner.
- Tour Permit
- A BSA Tour Permit is required when a den or pack
conducts an activity outside of its normal meeting place. Contact your
council for tour permit forms and instructions for approval.
- The Uniform is the prescribed clothing for any and
all official Cub Scout events. In Pack 9, the minimum Uniform consists
of a uniform shirt, (with all patches), appropriate neckerchief, and
blue pants, jeans or shorts. Hats and belts are great.
- For "casual" events, a
Cub or Webelos Scout T-shirt and shorts is acceptable.
- Each individually chartered Pack, Troop, Post or Lodge is a Unit.
- Webelos means WE'll BELOyal Scouts. Or for you old timers, WeBeLoS stood for Wolf, Bear, Lion, Scout to indicate the progression towards being a Boy Scout.
- Webelos badge
- The Webelos badge is awarded to a Webelos Scout who
completes the requirements, which include activity badges and learning
about Boy Scouting.
- 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
- 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
work on 12 Achievements, mostly in the home setting. Arrow Points are
awarded for work done on a multitude of electives.