Common Cub Scout Terms

Achievement The name given to a major requirement in Cub Scouting. There are achievements for the Tiger Cub, Wolf, and Bear ranks. Capitalize only when writing about a specific achievement: "Feats of Skill, Wolf Achievement 1"; "Bear achievement."

Adult Partner The adult member of a Tiger Cub team.

Advancement The process by which a youth member meets certain requirements and earns recognition. There is no advancement program for adults. See "methods of Scouting."

Arrow of Light Award The highest rank in Cub Scouting and the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Arrow Point An award for earning 10 elective credits as a Wolf or Bear Cub Scout: The first 10 electives earned in either rank are represented by a Gold Arrow Point; subsequent groups of 10 earn Silver Arrow Points.

Assistant Cubmaster A volunteer Scouter, 18 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to help the Cubmaster.

Assistant Den Leader A volunteer Scouter, 18 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to help the Cub Scout den leader.

Assistant Webelos Den Leader A leader in a pack, at least 18 years of age, who is appointed by the chartered organization to help the Webelos den leader.

Bear The rank designed for a Cub Scout in the third grade (or 9 years old). Combinations: "Bear achievements," "Bear badge," "Bear Cub Scout," "Bear electives," "Bear trail."

Blue and Gold Banquet A birthday dinner for Scouting held by Cub Scout packs in February to celebrate the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and of Cub Scouting in 1930. May be called "blue and gold dinner." Capitalize only when part of a full title: "Pack 214 Blue and Gold Banquet."

Bobcat The first rank earned by every boy in Cub Scouting.

Boys' Life The magazine for all boys published by the Boy Scouts of America. The title should be typeset in italics and underlined when italics is not available. Note the placement of the apostrophe (not Boy's).

Camping Camping is the hallmark of Scouting. See "day camp," "long-term camping," "outdoor program," "high adventure," "High Adventure Department," and "resident camping."

Campout A camping activity with at least one overnight stay. One word.

Chartered Organization A religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other community-based organization that has applied for and received a charter to operate a BSA Scouting unit.

Council An administrative body chartered to be responsible for Scouting in a designated geographic territory.

Council Service Center The business center for the local administration of Scouting. 

Cub Scout A registered youth member of a Cub Scout pack or one registered as a Lone Cub Scout who has completed first grade but who has not yet completed third grade, or who is age 8 or 9. 

Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program A supplemental enrichment program that complements Cub Scouting. A pack may select any of 51 sports or academic subjects to pursue. Academics or Sports belt loops, pins, and jacket letters recognize the Cub Scouts for participation and practice.

Cub Scout Motto Do Your Best.

Cub Scout Promise I, [name], promise to do my bestTo do my duty to God and my country,To help other people,and To obey the Law of the Pack.

Cub Scouting That part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or are 7 through 10 years old). Tiger Cubs are in the first grade (or age 7); Cub Scouts, second or third grade (or ages 8 or 9); and Webelos Scouts, fourth and fifth grade (or age 10). The unit is a Cub Scout pack and the pack is made up of dens of the various age groups. The emphasis is on family-centered activities, group activities, learning, and having fun.

Cubmaster A volunteer Scouter, 21 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to lead a Cub Scout pack.

Day Camp  An organized, multiple-day, theme-oriented program for Tiger Cubs and their adult partners, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts that is conducted by the council/district under trained leadership at an approved site during daylight or early evening hours.

Den A neighborhood group of four to eight Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts that meets periodically, usually once a week, and is part of a Cub Scout pack.

District A geographical area of the council determined by the council executive board to help ensure the growth and success of Scouting units within the district's territory. 

Elective A part of Cub Scout advancement. There are 24 electives in the Bear Cub Scout Book and 22 in the Wolf Cub Scout Book. For every 10 elective projects completed, a Cub Scout is awarded one Arrow Point. 

Pack A group made up of several Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout dens. The pack includes not only the boys in the dens but also their families and leaders. 

Parent and Family Talent Survey An inventory of parents' interests and abilities conducted by the Cub Scout pack to determine program potential.

Rank The six Cub Scout ranks are Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light Award. 

Registered Member Annually, every youth and adult who wants to join or continue membership in the Boy Scouts of America must submit a completed application form or reregister and pay an annual registration fee. Membership is a privilege, not a right.

Resident Camping A council-organized, theme-oriented, overnight camping program for Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts that operates for at least two nights and is conducted under trained leadership at a camp approved by the council.

Scout Camp Land owned by or leased to the Boy Scouts of America to further the Scouting program. 

Scout Shop A BSA-owned store, operated by the Supply Group, that sells official Scouting merchandise.

Scouter A registered adult member of the Boy Scouts of America who serves in a volunteer or professional capacity

Tiger Cub A boy who is in the first grade (or is 7 years old) and registered, with his adult partner, as a member of a Tiger Cub den.

Tiger Cub Den A den of five to eight Tiger Cubs and their adult partners.

Webelos Badge The fifth rank in Cub Scouting; earned by Webelos Scouts in a Webelos den.

Webelos Den A group of Webelos Scouts who meet weekly under the supervision of a Webelos den leader.

Webelos Den Chief A Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer who has been appointed to help direct the activities of a Webelos den.

Webelos Den Leader A registered volunteer member, age 21 or older, appointed by the pack committee to plan and direct the den's activities.

Webelos Scout (Pronounced WEE-buh-los.) A Cub Scout who has completed the third grade or is age 10 but has not yet completed fifth grade or reached age 11 1/2, and is a member of a Webelos den. 

Webelos Scout Overnighter A one- or two-night campout by Webelos Scouts and their adult partners.

Wolf The rank designed for a second-grade or 8-year-old Cub Scout. Combinations: "Wolf achievements," "Wolf Cub Scout," "Wolf electives," "Wolf rank."

Youth Protection Program This BSA emphasis fights child abuse by teaching youth the "three R's": Recognize, Resist, and Report child abuse; by helping parents and Scouters learn to recognize indications of child abuse and situations that could lead to potential abuse; and by teaching them how to handle child abuse situations or reports.