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Pack 386

Colleyville, TX

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The Language of Scouting


  • Achievement – The name given to a major requirement in the Cub Scout program. There are 12 Wolf and 24 Bear achievements.
  • Activity Badge – One of 20 specialized recognitions earned by Webelos Scouts.
  • Advancement – The process by which a member meets certain requirements and earns recognition.
  • Akela – A title of respect used in Cub Scouting; any good leader is Akela. The name comes from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.
  • Arrow of Light award – Highest rank in Cub Scouting. The only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
  • Arrow Point – An award given to a Cub Scout who has completed 10 elective projects beyond the rank for his grade. A gold arrow point is given for the first 10 projects and a silver arrow point is given for each additional 10 projects thereafter.
  • Assistant Cubmaster (ACM) – A person 18 years or older holding this position in a Cub Scout pack.
  • Assistant Den Leader (ADL) – A person appointed to help the Cub Scout den leader.
  • Baden-Powell, Robert Stephenson Smyth – Founder of the worldwide Scouting movement.
  • Basic Training – Formal introduction to the program, purpose, ideals and procedures of the Cub Scout program necessary for a volunteer to function.
  • Bear Rank – awarded to the Third grade Cub Scout for completing 12 of the 24 achievements.
  • Belt Loop – Metal loops that secure around the Cub Scout belt.
    • Sports – Awarded for a general understanding and participation of any of 22 sporting activities.
    • Academic – Awarded for a general understanding and some hands on experience in any of 17 academic fields.
  • Blue and Gold Banquet – A birthday dinner for Scouting held by Cub packs in February.
  • Bobcat Rank – The first rank for all Cub Scouts.
  • Boy’s Life – The magazine published by the Boy Scouts of America to help boys in Scouting.
  • Buddy System – A part of Safe Swim Defense. Swimmers are paired, check in and out of the water together, and stay within 10 feet of each other during the swim. Buddy system is used also in other activities such as hiking and field trips for safety reasons.
  • Character Connections – Scouting methods used to connect a boy’s thinking, feeling, and behavior to Scouting’s 12 Core Values.
  • Charter – Formal permission from the Boy Scouts of America allowing a pack to organize.
  • Chartered Organization – The organization (a religious, civic, fraternal, educational or other community based group) that is responsible for the pack. Monthly pack meetings are usually held in a building owned by that organization.
  • Class B Uniform – Pack 317’s T-Shirt and jeans/shorts worn when the scout uniform is not practical. 
  • Commissioner – A volunteer Scouter who works with packs and/or troops to help units succeed.
  • Committee Chairman (CC) – An adult 21 years of age or older, the executive officer of the committee, that works with the Cubmaster to assure that the pack provides the Cub Scout phase of the Scouting program.
  • Compass Point patch – Award earned by Webelos Scouts as they advance in the Webelos program.
  • Core Values – Scouting’s primary values for youth development: Citizenship, Compassion, Cooperation, Courage, Faith, Health and Fitness, Honesty, Perseverance, Positive Attitude, Resourcefulness, Respect, and Responsibility.
  • Council – The local Scouting Organization for a specific geographic area. The country is divided into more than 200 local councils. Our council is Daniel Webster.  
  • Cross-Over – A ceremony where the boys move up to the next level of Cub Scouts.  For the 5th grade Webelos, they “cross-over” to become Boy Scouts.
  • Cubmaster (CM) – An adult 21 years of age or older, who holds this commission in a Cub Scout pack. The pack leader and Akela for the pack, serves as Master of Ceremonies during monthly pack meetings
  • Cub Scout – A boy who is registered with a Cub Scout pack. Also, the reason why we’re all here!!!
  • Cub Scout Handshake – Used by Cub Scouts and Scouters with the right hand.
  • Cub Scout Motto – “Do Your Best”.
  • Cub Scout Promise
         I, (name), promise to do my best
         To do my duty to God and my country
         To help other people, and
         To obey the Law of the Pack.
  • Cub Scout Salute – A hand salute made by Cub Scouts and Scouters with the fingers of the right hand held in position as for Cub Scout Sign,
  • Cub Scout Sign – A sign made by raising the right hand straight up high over the head with the palm forward and the first two fingers wide apart in a V.
  • Day Camp – Summertime fun for all Cub Scouts.
  • Den – Small group of Cub Scouts who meet once a week to work on projects, learn games, songs, tricks and skits to be presented at monthly pack meeting.
  • Den Chief – A Boy Scout who has been appointed to help direct the activities of a Cub Scout den.
  • Den Leader (DL) – The adult on-the-scene supervisor of a Cub Scout den. A registered member of the pack who attends basic training.
  • Den Meeting – Individual Den Meetings are held for each rank level of Cub Scouts.  These usually occur at regular weekly intervals. Tiger, 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.
  • Denner – Cub Scout who helps the den leader with den and pack meetings. This is generally a rotating position so each Cub Scout may serve and learn a little about helping and leadership.
  • District – An administrative arm of the council that provides service to the Scouting units (packs, etc.) within its jurisdiction.  We are part of the Mustang District. 
  • District Commissioner (DC) – A volunteer Scouter who is in charge of all commissioners within a district.
  • District Committee – A group of registered adult Scouters responsible for carrying out the council program within their district.
  • District Executive – A professional paid Scouter who works with the volunteers under the Scout Executive.
  • “Do Your Best” – The Cub Scout motto.
  • Elective – A part of the Cub Scout advancement program in the Wolf and Bear rank books. For every 10 electives, a Cub Scout earns an arrow point.
  • Fast Start – A training program for new leaders designed to help them until they attend basic training.
  • Friends of Scouting (FoS) – An annual campaign in which Scouters, and other interested people in the community, provide financial support to the local council.
  • Good Turn – A distinctive feature of Scouting is its emphasis upon service to others. The Good Turn habit is one that all Scouts endeavor to acquire.
  • Guide To Safe Scouting – A publication by the Boys Scouts of America detailing rules and guidelines for many activities.
  • Handbook – 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.
  • Law of the Pack
         The Cub Scout follows Akela.
         The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
         The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
         The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
  • National BSA – Headquarters for the Boy Scouts of America, located in Irving, Texas, where the Cub Scout program is developed and literature is developed and printed.
  • National Summertime Pack Award – An award earned by the pack for conducting a summer program.
  • Outdoor Code – A pledge for proper outdoor conduct followed by all Cub Scouts and leaders.
  • Outdoor Program – The total scope of outdoor programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America, including unit outings, camporees, Cub Scout day camps, long term Scout camps, council and national jamborees.
  • Pack – The unit that conducts Cub Scouting for the chartered organization. Usually consists of 2 or more dens and conducts monthly meetings.
  • Pack Committee – A committee of concerned parents and leaders, approved by the chartered organization, to administer the affairs of the pack.
  • Pack Meeting – Monthly meeting of Scouts, adult leaders, committee members and parents, where Cub Scouts and adults receive recognition.
  • Pinewood Derby – A pack activity that involves making and racing model cars on a track.
  • Pow Wow – All day learning experience for Cub Scout leaders, covering a wide variety of subjects with some hands-on experiences.
  • Program Helps – An annual publication of the BSA to help den and pack leaders plan their meetings by using monthly themes.
  • Progress Toward Ranks – Diamond shaped patch to which beads are attached for recognition of achievements. A boy receives one bead for each 3 achievements. Wolf earns yellow and Bear earns red beads.
  • Quality Unit Award – Recognition given each charter year to units that commit to, and meet national standards pertaining to leadership training, service, advancement, camping and membership growth.
  • Rank Badges – In order, are: Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos.
  • Registration – The payment of an annual registration fee. This is one of the requirements for membership of the BSA.
  • Religious Awards – An award present by individual faiths to Cub and Boy Scouts for completion of a set of requirements within their respective faiths.
  • Roundtable – A monthly district level meeting where den and pack leaders learn new ideas on monthly themes, receive information on district and council activities, and have a general exchange of ideas.
  • Run-On – a very short skit or joke told by one or more Scouts to fill in when there is a lull in the Pack Meeting.
  • School Night for Scouting – A one night event in school where boys and parents gather to learn about Cub Scouting and how they can join.
  • Scouter – A registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Scout Executive – The professional staff leader of a council.
  • Scout Headquarters – It contains the professionals’ offices.
  • Scout Shop – Where you can buy uniforms and all of your Scouting needs.
  • Scouting Magazine – The official magazine sent to all registered Scouters.
  • Service Star – Worn on the uniform above the left pocket to denote years of service in the Scouting program.
  • Tenure – A term used to describe the length of service and membership in Scouting.
  • Tiger Cub – A first grade boy registered with an adult partner in the Pack.
  • Tiger Cub Totem – Paw shaped patch to which beads are attached for recognition of achievements. A boy receives one bead for each achievement.  Orange, white, and black beads.
  • Tiger Partner – the adult partner of a Tiger Cub, usually a family member.
  • Tour Permit – Permit approved by the council for any outing that is to be taken by a group of Cub Scouts if traveling is involved.
  • Two Deep Leadership – The concept of having at least two adult registered leaders at every den outing for the safety and welfare of the Cubs.
  • Uniform – The distinctive feature of Scouting that quickly identifies its members.
  • Unit – A term used to designate any one of the following; pack, troop, team, post, crew or ship.
  • Volunteer – Individual who donates services, time, and/or funds to support the program of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Webelos Den – A group of Webelos Scouts who meet weekly under the supervision of a Webelos den leader.
  • Webelos Den Leader – The adult on-the-scene supervisor of a Webelos Scout den. A registered member of the pack who attends basic training to learn how to fulfill the job of a Webelos den leader.
  • Webelos Rank – A rank earned by a fourth or fifth grade boy which is part of the requirements for the Arrow of Light.
  • Webelos Scout – A Cub Scout who has completed the third grade belongs to a Webelos den. He works on activities in the Webelos book.
  • Webelos-to-Scout Transition – The preparation and graduation of a boy from Cub Scouting to Boy Scouting.
  • Wolf Rank – A rank earned by a 2nd grade Cub Scout when he completes 12 achievements in the Wolf Book.
  • World Conservation Award – An award for Cub Scouts emphasizing the importance of our natural resources.
  • World Crest – A badge worn by Scouts and Scouters as a symbol of commitment to the World Association of Scouting.
  • World Friendship Fund – A fund to which Scouts and Scouters in the United States of America may contribute to provide material help to Scouts and Scouting around the world.

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