6. 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:
Cub Scouts must complete a certain number of required and elective adventures as specified in their Handbook to earn the rank award. These adventures focus on: Character Development, Participatory Citizenship, Personal Fitness, Outdoor Skills & Awareness, and Leadership & Life Skills.
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 boy can earn in Cub Scouting. Also the only non-religious award from Cub Scouts which can be worn on a Boy Scout Uniform.
A volunteer who helps the Cubmaster run the pack and fills in when the Cubmaster is unavailable.
Assistant Den Leader
A volunteer leader who helps the Den Leader with holding weekly den meetings 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 his adventures, and looks forward to Webelos.
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.
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 boy who joins Cub Scouts must first earn the Bobcat Badge. Doing this, he learns the six basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Scout Oath, Scout Law, the Cub Scout sign, the Cub Scout handshake, the Cub Scout motto, and the Cub Scout salute.
A Scouting magazine for boys to help broaden their horizons in Scouts.
A Boy Scout is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a troop. He 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, Sea Scouts, and Venture Crews
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.
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 charter. 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.
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 Sam Houston Area Council.
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. Likes to eat DingDongs and Bug Juice.
The Cubmaster is the chief adult volunteer leader. The Cubmaster runs the pack meetings and advices other leaders.
A group of 6-8 boys who meet at regular intervals.
A Cub Scout or Webelo scout elected by his peers to help the den chief and den leader.
A Boy Scout who helps direct the activities of a den.
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. We are part of the Tall Timbers District.
A professional Scouter who is responsible for the achievements of the district.
Program for new leaders to help them.
Fleur de lis
International Boy Scout Emblem and 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.
Word used with great pride by boy in Cub Scouts, as in “I did it!”
What happens when boy says “I did it!” after trying very hard.
Young male goat, or some one else’s progeny. Good candidate for Cubs.
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.
Semi-chaotic gathering of boys where much fun and some learning happens, usually helped along by Den Leaders and Grown-ups. For Tiger Scouts, each Tiger Scout and his partner get to host a meeting in turn.
Everything for a Tiger Scout! 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 Tiger Scout Den.
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 of our dens and families together is called a Pack. The pack usually meets once a month.
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.
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 Scout 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.
Available in many varieties to help everyone Do Their Best to be a good leader. Fast Start, Basic, and Youth Protection are common types
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 tha make great craft supplies!
What a boy wins every time he does something he really had to try at, even if he doesn’t go the fastest or highest or whatever.
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 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.
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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Symbols for the unknown. Not even Akela knows all the answers!
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