The Language of Cub Scouting
Cub Scouting has a language all its own. If you are not familiar with
it, below are definitions of many terms you will encounter as you get more
and more involved in the program.
To earn the rank badge,
Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts must complete Achievements found in their Handbook.
The achievements cover these areas: God, Country, Family and Self.
There are 20 Activity Badges
a Webelos Scout can earn. These are divided into 5 areas: Physical, Mental,
Technology, Outdoor, and Community. A pin is presented for completion of
each Activity Badge.
Your leader at home or in the Den, can sign you
Arrow of Light
Arrow of Light
is the highest award a boy
can earn in Cub Scouting - also the ONLY Cub Rank award from Cub Scouts
which can be worn on a Boy Scout Uniform. The religious
if earned as Cub can also be worn on a Boy Scout Uniform.
Arrow Points are awarded
to Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts for completion of electives AFTER the Achievements
earned for the, Wolf or Bear rank badge. A Gold Arrow Point is awarded
for the first 10 electives; a Silver Arrow Point is awarded for each successive
10 electives completed. Tigers receive a Yellow bead for each 10 electives
These are generally third
grade Cub Scouts, who work on activities in the areas God, Country, Family
and Self. Of the 24 possible Achievements, they must complete a prescribed
amount in each area, for a total of 12.
Every boy who joins Cub
Scouts must first earn the Bobcat badge. Doing this, he learns the
seven basic tenets of Cub Scouting: the Promise, the Law of the Pack, the
sign, the handshake, the motto, the salute, and what Webelos means.
is between the ages of ~10 to 17 and belongs to a Troop. He advances
through these ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star,
Life, then Eagle. Awards are give at a Court of Honor.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America
is a nationally chartered organization that encompasses Cub Scouts, Boy
Scouts, Explorer Units, and Varsity Units.
This is the group of adult
volunteers who "run" the Pack. Any interested adult is welcome to attend
The Council is an organization
of professional Scouters that oversees all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops
and other units in an area. San
Gabriel Valley Council
The Cubmaster is the chief
adult volunteer leader. The Cubmaster runs the Pack meetings, and advises
all other leaders.
The Den is a group of Cub
Scouts who meet at regular intervals. A den consists of 4 to 10 boys who
are all working toward the same rank.
Tiger, Bear, Webelos 1 and Webelos 2
An experienced Boy Scout
assigned to work with a den. Den Chiefs received special training
for this position.
The adult volunteer who
is in charge of planning and running den meetings is the Den Leader.
Individual Den Meetings
are held for each rank level of Cub Scouts. These usually occur at a regular
intervals, such as weekly. Wolf and Bear dens work on their achievements,
fun projects, crafts or skits. Webelos dens use this time to work on the
various Activity Badges.
Each Council is divided
into a number of Districts. District Executive, is a paid position and
oversees the activities of all Units in the District.
Pack 373 is in the Lucky Baldwin District of the SGVC.
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.
The whole group - all of
the dens and families together is called a Pack. The Pack usually meets
about once every
during the School year.
Pack Meeting: whole group - all of the dens, parents and
families together for Awards and a Theme.
Rank Badges The Rank Badges, in order, are:
Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos and AOL.
program is for first-grade (or age 6 or 7) boys and their adult
partners. There are five Tiger Cub achievement areas. The Tiger Cub, working
with his adult partner, completes 15 requirements within these areas to
earn the Tiger Cub badge. These requirements consist of an exciting series
of indoor and outdoor activities just right for a boy in the first grade.
The adult partner of a
Tiger Cub, usually a family member, is the Tiger Partner and come with
the Tiger to meetings.
is the prescribed clothing for any and all official Cub Scout events.
For "casual" events, a Cub or Webelos Scout T-shirt and shorts is acceptable.
Webelos Webelos means WE'll BELOyal
These are fourth and fifth
grade Cub Scouts, who work on up to 20 Activity Badges in the den setting.
These activities are designed to prepare the boys for the merit badge methodology
utilized in Boy Scouts.
These are generally second
grade Cub Scouts, who work on 12 Achievements, mostly in the home setting.
Arrow Points are awarded for work done on a multitude of electives.
Each individually chartered
Pack, Troop, Post or Crew, Team or Lodge is called a Unit.