It is very easy for an instructor or someone who has been a Scouter for a long time, to assume that everybody knows all the definitions and abbreviations. After I committed this sin twice in a row, I promised to compile a dictionary of Cubbing terms. After all, this is where boys and adults probably get their first taste of the Scouting Movement.
This dictionary is not in alphabetical order but, like a theater program, is in order of appearance, and sometimes with the tong in cheek. If you want to look, I am sure that there is a serious definition of every term in the over-abundant library of the Boy Scout Movement. This is just to quickly introduce you to the language you will hear from the time your boy becomes a Cub Scout.
Note: Most (but not all) adult positions in Cub Scouting may be filled by either gender. "He" or "She" in this dictionary should be used as either/ or unless otherwise specified.
CUB SCOUT (sometimes know as a Cub, But NEVER as Cubby, that is something else) is a boy, between the ages of 6 and 11 (in first grade, but not yet out of the fifth) who joined the Cub Scout movement. As parents, you will quickly discover that you also joined.
CUBBER is any adult Cub Leader.
DEN - is a collection of 6 to 8 Cub Scouts who usually live in the same neighborhood. They meet once a week, usually in the home of their leader, generally after school. The DEN MEETING last about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. During the den meeting the boys may practice skits, songs and stunts. They will prepare for the Pack meeting. Most of the time they will start a handicraft item to be finished at home with the help of parents. This is how Cubbing fulfills one of its aims of bringing parents and the boy closer together.
PACK is the collection of dens and supporting adults. The size varies and could be anything from 8 boys (one den) to over 100 boys. The ideal is somewhere around 40 to 50 boys.
PACK NUMBER is the number assigned to your Pack. It is the name of your Pack. Find out what this number is, because all other Cubbers will ask you for it.
DEN NUMBER is the number of the den your boy is in, in the Pack. Thus, a boy may be in Pack 213, Den 9.
PACK MEETING is where everybody comes together. This meeting is once a month, usually during the fourth week. Present will be: All the Cubs, all the adult leaders ALL THE PARENTS !!!!! And as many brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. as care to come.
DEN LEADER AND ASSISTANTS: They are the ones who are in constant contact with the boys. The Den Leader (DL) hold the Den meetings, usually in the home, once a week. The DL, in cooperation with the assistant, the Den Leader Coach, and other Den Leaders will have planned meeting, collected any materials needed, and with help if necessary, prepare for arrival of the boys. There are regular leaders development courses and meetings to help coach the Den Leaders in their work. The specific duties of the DL are the subject of a basic training course lasting several hours. Be sure to take it when offered.
PROGRAM HELPS: Every year a new book is published by the BSA. This book is the Cub Scout Program Helps. Each pack gets one free, and others may be purchased. This book takes care of over 90% of the monthly program planning. The book presents a THEME for each month, with suggested handicraft items, skits, songs, etc. all tied to the same theme.
DEN CHIEF is a Boy Scout who may have been a Cub Scout. His duties are to help the DL. The Cubmaster or one of his assistants trains the Den Chief, They also get training at a Council OR District Den Chief Conference. If you get a good Den Chief, he is worth his weight in Gold.
DENNER and Assistant Denner is the Cub leader of the Den. He may be elected or the job may rotate among the boys. The Denner assists the Den Leader and Den Chief in setting up for the Den Meetings and during the Den Meeting.
CUBMASTER AND ASSISTANTS: The cubmaster is the executive officer of the Pack, responsible to the Pack Committee. The physical running of the Pack is his responsibility. He is the Master of Ceremonies at the Pack Meeting and responsible for the smooth running of the Pack. His assistants are assigned various jobs, depending on the Pack.
AKELA (The Wise One) an Indian word for a leader. Usually accorded to the Cubmaster.
PACK COMMITTEE is the group of parents who make planes and policies for the Pack. The Committee includes a treasurer, a secretary and people with specific jobs, such as advancement, ceremonies, purchasing, etc. The Cubmaster and his staff of assistants, Den Leaders (and Den Leader Coach) and Den Chiefs are not voting members of the Committee. The committee job is to recruit a Cubmaster and support him by providing both short and long term plans for the Pack and any other way, necessary.
PACK COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN is the head of the Pack Committee.
PACK COMMITTEE MEETING is held usually a week to 10 days before each Pack meeting. Present should be all members of the committee, the Cubmaster and his Assistants, the Den Leaders, Den Chiefs and the chairman of various special events. Plans for the next two or three Pack meetings should be discussed and firmed up. Long- term plans should be made and policies debated.
DEN LEADER COACH is an experienced Den Leader who is willing to use her knowledge and experience to help other Den Leaders. The Den Leader Coach (DLC) will have had all the basic training courses plus usually two or more years experience. She will help with training advise the other Den Leaders, and may substitute for them at Den and other meetings in an emergency.
WEBELOS is a Cub Scout who is 9 to 10 years old (or in the fourth or fifth grade) and a member of the Pack. Note, there is no such thing as a WEBELO. The singular version of WEBELOS is WEBELOS.
WEBELOS DEN. This Den of ten year old boys does more advanced work than the younger Cub Scouts. The Webelos may go camping during the year. A-father or person acting as a substitute mist accompany the Webelos Scout on an overnight. They learn the ARROW OF LIGHT requirements and otherwise prepare themselves to be Boy Scouts.
WEBELOS LEADER is the leader of a den of Webelos Scouts. He should know the Webelos requirements and also have some knowledge of the Boy Scouts program. Only males may be registered in the Boy Scouts of America as Webelos Leaders or Assistant Webelos Leaders.
AWARDS A Boy, upon joining the Pack, becomes a BOBCAT. He gets the Bobcat pin and if he is 8 years old (or in the third grade), starts working on his Wolf Book. When he finishes the REQUIREMENTS, he becomes a Wolf Cub and receives the Wolf Badge. He then continues to work on the ELECTIVES in the Wolf Book until his 9th birthday, at which time he receives his BEAR BOOK and repeats the procedure until his 10th birthday, when he joins the Webelos Den. While a Webelos, He works on ACTIVITY BADGES and he will receive the badge for each of these awards as soon as he finishes the requirements. To return to the Wolf and Bear requirements the books are written for the same age group of the Cub Scouts using the book. Therefore,a 9 year old boy joining the Pack will start with the book for 9 year olds, the Bear book. The Cub can work on the electives even before he finishes the requirements in his book, but he will not get recognition for the electives until the requirements are finished. This recognition comes in the form of ARROW POINTS, gold for the first ten and silver for each additional ten electives. All badges and awards are presented to the Cub at the Pack Meeting.
ARROW OF LIGHT is the award a Webelos Cub Scout gets when he completes all the requirements. It is the only Cub Scout award that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when he moves up to Boy Scouts.
RELIGIOUS AWARDS are available for most religions. You can get the requirements at the Service Center. The 3 GOD award is one most boys can earn without too much difficulty regardless of faith.
SIGNING THE BOOK. is the responsibility of the boy's parents. It is important that the Cub Scout do the work he is supposed to do, and that he does his best. The parents know their boy's capabilities and should not sing the book unless the work is up to the boy's best effort. This helps bring Cub Scouts add parents and families closer together. Usually the book is shown to the Den Leader so she can keep track of the boy's advancement and make sure that he receives his awards as soon as possible.
UNIFORM The Cub Scout uniform consists of a blue shirt, pants, and cap and a neckerchief. There is a different necker- chief for the Wolf, Bear and Webelos Scout. The uniform should be worn to all Den and Pack meetings and all other Scouting functions. A number of badges will have to be sewn on the uniform shirt, and whichever book the Cub Scout is using, will have a guide on what goes where. The uniforms are easily washable. Many packs have a uniform exchange where "experienced" uniforms can be traded or bought for a very little or no money. The adult leader should also wear their uniforms to all Scouting functions.
BOY'S LIFE is an excellent magazine published by the Boy Scouts. It arrives monthly in your home, and there will be something in it for almost every member of the family.
PINEWOOD DERBY is a race of wooden cars. These cars are whittled out of the material provided in the Pinewood Derby Kit. This is a Parent-Son project since certain rules have to be observed in making the cars.The racetrack is a sloping wooden track. The cars are powered by gravity. Only the excitement of the Indianapolis 500 Race approaches the enthusiasm of the Pinewood Derby Race.
BLUE AND GOLD BANQUET is the birthday party of Scouting, held some time in February. It can be as simple or elaborate as the Pack wants to make it. Plan for it at least two months in advance and make it a very special occasion. Invite the head of the chartered organization the Scouting Coordinator, your Commissioner, etc.
CUBBY (not 'a Cub!') is the traveling trophy some Packs give to the Den with the best attendance at a Pack meeting. Cubby can be made of wood, tin cans, cardboard, etc. and is painted to look like a Cub. Each Pack makes up its own rules about who gets Cubby (-or even if there should be one).
ADULT AWARDS There are a number of Adult Awards available. Some like the Scouters Awards or Den Leaders Awards, Den Leaders Coach, including training and tenure in Scouting. Others, like the Scouter's Key or Den Leaders Key involve training and tenure in one job. There are other honorary awards, such as the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver.
PACK AWARDS Every Pack has a chance to earn various Pack Awards. The most important one is the SUMERTIME PACK AWARD. Ask your Commissioner how your Pack can earn this and other awards.
THE CHARTER is a contract between the Boy Scouts' of America and the CHARTERED INSTITUTION. The charter is renewed yearly on a given date.The Pack Commissioner works closely with the Chairman of the Pack to complete these papers. At this time it is determined whether the Pack has met the requirements to be an HONOR UNIT based on past year's performance.
THE CHARTER INSTITUTION is the group who "own" the Pack Charter. This group may be a religious institution, a school, P.T.A., a Veterans or other service organization, or a business or industry. They furnish the meeting place, and are supposed to and often do provide the Pack leadership and certify it.
COUNCIL OFFICE OR SERVICE CENTER is the central office building for the council Some badges and insignia can be bought only at the Service Center. Also some forms have to be turned in at this office. The staff is very helpful, but you should know at least your unit number and your District name so the proper answers can be given.
DISTRICT EXECUTIVE (EXEC. or D.E.) is the professional assigned to your District. Depending on the size of the District, he may have one or more assistants. The Exec. is the answer man. He will probably be able. to answer all the questions you have. His shoulders are broad, and waterproof, so you can cry on them, if necessary.
SCOUTING COORDINATOR is the person designated by the Chartered Organization to work with all Scouting units in the same organization. He may be the Committee Chairman of one of the units in the institution.
"NATIONAL" as it is lovingly known, is the total of the Boy Scout Movement in the U.S.A. National B.S.A. is the only youth organization chartered by the Congress and charged by this charter to develop boys to be "Physically strong, Mentally awake, and Morally straight." National is chartered by the Congress, and this charter has to be renewed yearly.
A REGION is a large geographic division of the country. There are six (6) Regions in the U.S.A.
A DIVISION of the region is the Local Council. A Council may cover only one large town, like the Greater Cleveland Council, or it may cover several counties possibly in several states.
A DISTRICT is the area covering several adjacent neighborhoods. Generally, the District boundaries are of no major concern to the Cubbers, but you should know the name of your District.
PACK COMMISSIONER He or she usual1y works with one or two Packs in the same neighborhood. His main job is to help the Packs succeed. He will bring news of coming events, aid the Pack with registration and often may be the first to notice if the Pack is heading for trouble. He reports to the District Commissioner.
UNIT COMMISSIONER she is the same as the Pack Commissioner, but is working with both Packs and Troops.
DISTRICT COMMISSIONER Has the responsibility for the Scouting (CUB & SCOUT) service in the District. He recruits and supervises all commissioners in the District.
REGISTRATION is the most important procedure in the Boy Scout Movement. Every new Cub and Adult Leader must fill out a registration form immediately upon joining a Pack. One copy remains with the Unit and the other two are mailed to the Council office together with the cost of registration. It is at this time that a boy our adult can choose to receive Boy's Life Magazine and include it in the cost of his Pack registration fee. One copy of the form remains with the local council and the other form is mailed to the National Office.
TRAINING COURSES Are given by District Staff several times a year in the District. If necessary, it is often given for very small. groups, maybe even one or two people. This question is need. If you or others in your Pack need training or coaching, do not hesitate to ask.
ROUNDTABLE is a monthly meeting of the leaders of the District Usually there is a group for the administrators and another group for the Den Leaders. It lasts about 2 hours, and well worth the time and effort. Program themes and activities for the coming months are discussed and illustrated.
POW WOW is a yearly Council Training Seminar lasting all day on a Saturday. You will learn more in one day than you thought possible about crafts, games, songs, etc. Webelos, Administration.
PHILMONT is another place you will hear about. This is a 138,000 acre ranch in the Northeast corner of New Mexico. Philmont has several programs going at the same time. The one Cubs are interested in is the week long training sessions for adult leaders.
PATCHES, ETC. this is part of the fun of Cub Scouting. If a boy or adult participates in certain activities, they will receive a patch. The patch is worn on the right pocket of the uniform shirt for one year only.
ANNUAL RECOGNITION DINNER this a dinner/meeting that is usually held in January within the District. It is for everyone in the District to gather for a fellowship evening. It is at this dinner/meeting that the Unit Award of appreciation is presented by the Units. It is also a time when other awards are presented to members of the District for outstanding service. and other requirements.
KICK-OFF DINNER This is a dinner or gathering that is usually in late August. Its purpose is to get information into the hands of the Units prior to the new program beginning in September and before the start of the new school year so Packs can be in full operation for School Night.
SCHOOL NIGHT is an event usually held the third Wednesday or Thursday of September in every Pack. It is a time for recruiting new boys and leaders. It is a Council wide event and can often be an Area event. Someone from each Pack should be responsible for coordinating this for your Pack.
COUNCIL EXECUTIVE There are several professional Scouters in the Service Center and in the District the top one is the Council Executive he is the boss of them all.
BICYCLE RODEO an-event that may be done on a Pack, District, or Council level. It is a day of organized events the Cub Scouts, participate in using their own bicycles.
DAY CAMP An organized week of activities centered about a theme for Cub Scouts, held at your council camp during the months of June and July.
WINTER EVENT an organized day of fun during the Winter months for all Cub Scouts and their Families to join in and enjoy. Each District Co-ordinates their own events, and prints fliers with information.
FISH-O-REE A planned day of fishing for Cub Scouts and their families, usually during Winter months (ice fishing).