6. Scout Language

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:


All scouts must complete a certain number of adventures specific to their grade. Adventures broadly cover these areas: Citizenship & Service, Character & Leadership, Health & Fitness and Outdoors. You must complete the required number of achievements to earn the rank award.


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 child looks to for guidance!

Arrow of Light

This is the highest award a scout can earn in Cub Scouting.

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.


Veteran Cub Scout, now in 3rd Grade. Been there, done that, and looking for action. Chooses achievements, and looks forward to Webelos. Finally may earn the Whittling Chip and the right to use a pocketknife safely.

Blue and Gold Banquet

Generally held in February to celebrate the anniversary of Cub Scouting. This celebration can be a 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.


Every scout who joins Cub Scouts must first earn the Bobcat Badge. Doing this, the scout learns the basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, Cub Scout sign and Cub Scout handshake.

Boy’s Life

A Scouting magazine to help broaden a scout's horizons in Cubbing.

Boy Scout/Scouts BSA scout

A Scouts BSA scout (formerly Boy Scout) is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a troop. He/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.


Formal permission from the Boy Scouts of America allowing a pack to organize

Chartered Organization

An organization that sponsors the pack.

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


A volunteer Scouter who works with packs, troops, and crews to help the unit succeed.


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.


A geographical are, made of up districts for administration of the Boy Scout programs. We are part of the Daniel Beard Council.

Cub Scout

Any of a million or so youth 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 Cookies and Bug Juice.


The Cubmaster is the chief adult volunteer leader. The Cubmaster runs the pack meetings.


A group of 6-8 scouts in the same grade who meet at regular intervals.


A Cub Scout or Webelo scout elected by their peers to help the den chief and den leader.

Den Chief

A Scouts BSA scout (formerly Boy Scout) who helps direct the activities of a den.

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.


Each council is divided into a number of districts.

District Executive

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


Optional Adventures for each rank. Can be done any time by a scout.

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. Donations to support the camps, materials, special events, and the professional coordinators who help make Scouting possible.


Largish post-Cub Scout person, good for helping boys with tools, fire, and holding things while boy plays. Good candidate for leader.


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.


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


Youngest scouts in kindergarten. Sometimes shy but eager to learn all about Scouting. Always accompanied by an Adult to all pack or den activities.


Semi-chaotic gathering of scouts where much fun and some learning happens, usually helped along by Den Leaders and Grown-ups. For Lions, each Lion Cub and their partner get to host a meeting in turn.


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.


The whole group – all or 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.


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.


Unknown concept.


Someone who may or may not have youth in Scouting, but just really loves the program and gets satisfaction from helping scouts grow to young adults.


A scout in first grade. Often new to scouting. Boundless energy and full of curiosity. Always accompanied by an Adult Tiger Partner.

Tiger Partner

A parent, godparent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, or anyone who joins with a Tiger Cub to help the scout Search, Discover and Share the world as they play and do things with other Tigers and their partners.


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


Cub Scout in 2nd grade. Full of life and enthusiasm, eager to learn all about Cubs.


Youth Protection Training. Required training for every volunteer in the pack. Must be renewed annually.

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