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.
- Activity Badge
- 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.
- Arrow of Light
- This is the highest award a boy can earn in Cub Scouting - also
the ONLY (non-religious) award from Cub Scouts which can be worn on
a Boy Scout Uniform.
- Arrow Points
- Arrow Points are awarded to Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts for
completion of electives beyond the Achievements covered for earning
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.
- Bear Cub
- 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.
- Boy Scout
- A Boy Scout is between the ages of 11 and 18 and belongs to a
Troop. He advances through these ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class,
First Class, Star, Life, then Eagle.
- Boy Scouts of America
- The Boy Scouts of America is a nationally chartered organization
that encompasses Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorer Units, and Varsity
- This is the group of adult volunteers who "run" the
Pack. Any interested adult is welcome to attend Committee meetings.
- The Council is an organization of professional Scouts that
oversees all Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops and other units in an
area. Pack 121 is part of the Mohegan Council.
- Court of Honor
- A Court of Honor is a special awards ceremony. Awards may be
presented at any Pack meeting, but there is a special ceremony for
presentation of awards at a Court of Honor.
- Cub or Cub Scout
- A Cub Scout is any member of Boy Scouts in first through fifth
grade (or age 7 - 11).
- 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.
Ideally, a den consists of 6 to 8 boys who are all working toward
the same rank.
- Den Leader
- The adult volunteer who is in charge of planning and running den
meetings is the Den Leader.
- Den Meeting
- Individual Den Meetings are held for each rank level of Cub
Scouts. These usually occur at a regular intervals, such as weekly
or bi-weekly. 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.
- Each Council is divided into a number of Districts. Pack 121 is
part of the Quinsigamond District. is our District Executive,
and oversees the activities of all Units in the District.
- 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 our dens and families together is called
a Pack. The Pack usually meets once every month.
- Rank Badges
- The Rank Badges, in order, are: Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos.
- Each Unit must have a sponsoring organization, such as a church,
service club, etc. Pack 121 is sponsored by the American Martyrs
- Tiger Cub
- Tiger Cubs are first grade boys who, with an adult partner,
participate in several of 17 Big Ideas. The Tiger Cub program serves
as an introduction to the Cub Scout program. Tiger Cubs and their
families are often encouraged to participate in Pack events.
- Tiger Partner
- The adult partner of a Tiger Cub, usually a family member, is the
- The Uniform is the prescribed clothing for any and all official
Cub Scout events. In Pack 121, the minimum Uniform consists of a
uniform shirt, (with all patches), appropriate neckerchief, and
uniform hat. Webelos Scouts use the "colors" for
activity pins. For "casual" events, a Cub or Webelos Scout
T-shirt and shorts is acceptable.
- Webelos means WE'll BE LOyal Scouts.
- Webelos Scout
- 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
- Wolf Cub
- 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 Lodge is a Unit.