Glossary of Cub Scouting Terms

Advancement – The progression that moves the Cub Scouts from rank to rank.

Adventure – Adventures are “collections of themed, multidisciplinary activities representing approximately three den meetings’ worth of engaging content.” Lions complete five adventures to earn their rank badge. Tigers, Wolves, and Bears each complete seven adventures. Webelos complete six adventures for their rank, and Arrows of Light complete five.

Akela – Anyone who is a leader to the Cub Scout. Akela can be a parent, teacher, den leader, Cubmaster, or any other adult who helps guide the Cub Scout.

Arrow of Light – The highest rank a Cub Scout can achieve. The Arrow of Light (AOL) badge is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Scouts BSA uniform.

Bear – A Cub Scout who is in 3rd grade. Also, the rank that 3rd grade Cubs are working towards earning by the end of the school year.

Bert Adams - A camp owned by the Atlanta Area Council south of Covington, GA.

Blue and Gold Banquet – Because February is the anniversary month of the Boy Scouts of America, many packs celebrate with a Blue and Gold banquet. This is also when AOL scouts cross over to Boy Scouts.

Bobcat – The rank that Cubs in grades 1-5 (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos) earn before working on their grade rank. It requires learning the basic scouting principles (Oath, Law, etc.)

Buddy System – The buddy system is used to help Cub Scouts look out for each other. At Cub Scout events, especially outdoor activities, boys should find a partner. The buddies go everywhere together and know where each other is at all times. This helps ensure that the Cubs always have a partner to help him if he is lost or hurt.

Chartered Organization – Community or faith-based organizations that own and operate Cub Scout packs. They work under a “charter” from the Boy Scouts of America.

Class A Uniform – This is the official uniform of Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts wear a blue shirt, while Webelos switch to the khaki Scout shirt. “Class A uniform” is not a BSA official term, but it is widely used by packs.

Class B Uniform – Class B uniforms are Scouting-related t-shirts. They can be pack t-shirts, day camp t-shirts or any other Scouting t-shirt. They are officially called special purpose or activity uniforms.

Council – A council is a service center, chartered by the Boy Scouts of America, that is responsible for Scouting within its geographical area. We are part of the Atlanta Area Council., which includes most of the metro Atlanta area.

Crossover - A Special ceremony where a Webelos Cub Scout “crosses over” or “bridges” from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA. It symbolizes the boy's or girl's induction into their Scouts BSA troop. We also use this term when moving to the next rank in Cub Scouts.

Cubmaster – A Cubmaster is the “face” of the pack. Cubmasters help plan and carry out the Cub Scout program in his or her pack. They support and motivate den leaders and parents. The Cubmaster serves as the emcee for pack meetings and other events. Cubmasters and pack committees work together to develop fun program ideas and activities.

Den – A den is a group of scouts who are in the same grade or who are the same age. They work together to advance to the next level of Cub Scouts.

Denner – A scout who has been selected (by vote or appointment) to serve in a leadership role in his den. They have specific duties such as taking attendance, leading a flag ceremony, assisting with den activities and conducting a closing ceremony. Serving as a denner helps develop the Cub Scout’s leadership skills.

Den Chief – An older Scout who has been selected to work with a Cub Scout den. They assist with den activities and serve as a role model (and often a friend) to the boys in the den. The den chief position is considered a leadership role by the Scouts BSA troop.

District – The geographic territory within a council is divided into districts. Districts vary in size. Some may span multiple counties, while others are one county. There may be multiple districts within one county, depending on its size. We are in the Phoenix District, which roughly includes the northern half of the city of Atlanta, as well as Sandy Springs.

District Executive – The District Executive (DE) is a paid employee of the local council. His or her role is to support Scouting in the district.

Lion – A Cub Scout who is in Kindergarten. Also, the rank that Kindergarten-age Cubs are working towards earning by the end of the school year.

Pack – A Cub Scout pack is a collection of dens of all ranks. The pack organizes the dens, holds monthly meetings and conducts larger events such as the Pinewood Derby or Blue & Gold banquet. Packs belong to a community organization, such as a church or a service club, which is chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to operate the Scouting program.

Pack Committee – Every pack is under the supervision of a pack committee, which consists of at least three members (chair, secretary, and treasurer). By handling administrative and support tasks, the pack committee allows the Cubmaster, den leaders, and their assistants to focus on working directly with the Cub Scouts.

Pack Committee Chair – The pack committee chair leads the pack committee and thus is responsible for the administration, oversight, and support of the pack program.

Pinewood Derby – Cub Scout racing event. With help from their parents, scouts design and build a race car using a kit that contains a block of wood, plastic wheels, and axles made from nails.

Rank – Cub Scouts are grouped by grade or age into specific ranks. Kindergarteners are Lions, first graders are Tigers, second graders are Wolves, third graders are Bears, fourth and fifth graders are Webelos, with fifth graders working on the Arrows of Light rank.. The Cubs work toward their rank badge throughout the year. For example, the second grader is a Wolf, but he does not get his Wolf rank badge until he completes seven Wolf adventures.

Tiger – A Cub Scout who is in 1st grade. Also, the rank that 1st grade Cubs are working towards earning by the end of the school year.

Webelos – This rank’s name has special meaning. It stands for WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts. Always use the S even when referring to one Webelos. So, one Webelos, not one Webelo.

Webelos Colors – The Webelos Colors consist of a blue metal bar with the word “Webelos” on it. Below the bar are three woven streamers–one each of gold, red and green. The boys display their adventure pins on the streamers. The Webelos Colors are worn on the right sleeve of the Webelos uniform.

Whittling Chip – The Whittling Chip is an award a Cub Scout can earn that gives them the privilege of carrying a pocketknife to specifically designated events. To earn the Whittling Chip, Cubs have to know how to safely use and care for a pocketknife, make a carving, and promise to abide by the knife safety guidelines and the pocketknife pledge.

Wolf – A Cub Scout who is in 2nd grade. Also, the rank that 2nd grade Cubs are working towards earning by the end of the school year.

Woodruff - A camp owned by the Atlanta Area Council in the mountains outside of Blairsville, GA.