Abbreviaions / US Questions
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 09:21:39 EST
<<Mariano Bravo Ballinas asks about some of the BSA Abbreviations>>
Welcome to the list, Mariano! I'm sure your international perspective will
be useful to the rest of us. Abbreviations can be confusing but don't worry.
After a week or two you'll be doing 'Scoutspeak" like a veteran. This group is
also very forgiving, so don't worry about not being 'exactly' proper. You'll
up the 'nettiquette' fast enough.
BTW, If you have questions other newcommers might too, so I thought I'd post
this to the general list.
Boy Scout Abbreviations
BOR -- Board of Review, final step in obtaining next rank
COR -- Chartered Organization Representative -- go-between for the troop
COH -- Court of Honor, the formal presentation of advancement to boys, usually
3-4 x per year, and attended by parents
TROOP -- A group of Boy Scouts, further divided into PATROLS of 6-10 boys.
PACK -- A group of Cub Scouts, further divided into DENS.
WEBELOS -- The group between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
TIGERS -- Short for Tiger Cubs, the youngest scouts.
JLT -- Junior Leader Training, a leadership course for youth with a troop
PL/APL- Patrol Leader/Assistant Patrol Ldr. Boy leaders in charge of a group of
6-10 scouts who work together within the larger troop. Patrol Competetions,
strengthen the patrol bond or 'spirit'
YIS -- Yours In Scouting, a favorite sign-off
WWW -- A favorite sign off of people who have been honored with election to
the Order of the Arrow, a service group of campers within the BSA.
ASM -- Assistant Scoutmaster
SM -- Scoutmaster, adult leader, answers to the troop committee.
CC -- Comittee Chairperson, head of the troop committee (adults)
SPL -- Senior Patrol Leader. The youth elected to the highest leadership
position within the troop. The SPL should actually do more talking than the
SM. (not just "shut up, sit down, Mr --- wants to talk", either!)
DE, CE -- District Executive, Council Executive. Paid professional staff members
who help volunteer leaders within geographic districts and councils to put
the scouting program for youth. DE's work for the CE.
WoodBadge -- A high-intensity adult leader training course. The highest level
of adult training available for volunteers.
Ticket - The second phase of the WoodBadge course, where participants return
to their Scouting position and put what they have learned into action.
"I used to be a (animal)" -- The WoodBadge patrol or group this individual
was a member of. There are a lot of lifetime friendships among patrol
members, even in different courses. Thus the pride in advertising your
Mike Derleth ASM Troop 231, Monroe LA "I used to be a Buffalo .
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