scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Abreviations
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 18:29:56 CST
At 12:25 PM 2/22/00 -0800, Robert Blau wrote:
>I am a Cubmaster with absolutely no exposure to Boy Scouts except what I
>have picked up from this list.
> Could someone else help me out with not just these but other Boy Scout
>positions and terms that are commonly abbreviated here?
We give a Troop Handbook to parents of new Scouts every year. The last 2
pages are defintions of the sort you are asking for. Most of them I got
from a BSA publication years ago--I think the title was "The Language of
Scouting" but your Council office should know for sure. Hope this helps.
SCOUTING TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Like all groups Scouting has its own language and terms. Here are some of
the more common ones.
ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER (APL) is chosen by the Patrol Leader to assist him
in leading the patrol and to carry out his duties when he is unable to do so.
ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER (ASM) assists the Scoutmaster in leading the Troop.
The Assistant Scoutmaster's duties may lie in a specialized area such as
meetings, advancement, camping, etc.
ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER (ASPL) is chosen by the SPL to assist him in
running the Troop and to carry out his duties when he is unable to do so.
The SPL usually chooses the ASPL from among the other candidates after he is
BOARD OF REVIEW is the final approval by the Troop Committee required for
each rank advancement. It affirms that the Scout has fulfilled the
requirements for that advancement and generally checks the Scout's progress
in the Troop. Prospective Eagle Scouts are first reviewed by the Troop
committee and then by members of the District Advancement Committee meeting
jointly with the Troop Committee.
BSA: The Boy Scouts of America, its organization, program & goals.
CAMP AMMON is the camp operated by the Milwaukee County Council and the
Wisconsin State Fair.
CAMPOREE is a weekend District or Council activity. Troops from the
District or Council meet for fellowship and inter-Troop competitions.
CAMPOUT is a weekend Troop activity. The Troop usually holds campouts at
least 6 times a year, usually at Scout camps in the area.
COUNCIL is an administrative unit of the Boy Scouts of America. A Council
may be the size of a municipality or county, or may cover a larger area.
The Bay Lakes Council consists of that part of Wisconsin north and east of
Beaver Dam and a part of the upper peninsula of Michigan.
COURT OF HONOR is a ceremony to recognize and honor Scouts who have
completed advancement or achievements. The Troop usually hold 3 or 4 court
of honor each year.
DISTRICT is an administrative unit of the Council. The Bay Lakes Council
has several Districts. The Kettle Country District covers Washington,
Ozakee and part of Dodge Counties.
DISTRICT EXECUTIVE (DE) see Professional Scouter.
HIGH ADVENTURE are special opportunities offered by the Troop for older
Scouts. It usually is a special wilderness camping experience.
JAMBOREE is an event where Scouts gather to share Scouting experiences. It
may be a National Jamboree where Scouts from around the country get
together or it may be a World Jamboree where Scouts gather from all over the
JUNIOR ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER (JASM) is a boy leader chosen by the
Scoutmaster to function as an assistant Scoutmaster. The JASM must be at
least 16 years old and is usually an Eagle Scout.
KLONDIKE DERBY is a one-day or weekend winter activity sponsored by the
LEADERSHIP CORPS is a group of older boys in the Troop who provide
leadership assistance to the Scoutmaster and SPL.
MERIT BADGE There are over 110 Merit Badges offered. Subject areas for
Badges include Scout skills , hobbies, occupations, and citizenship. A
Scout must earn Merit Badges to advance in rank.
ORDER OF THE ARROW (OA) is the National Brotherhood of Scout Campers.
PATROL is a group of 6-8 Scouts who act as a team within the Troop.
PATROL LEADER (PL) is elected by the boys in the patrol. He is responsible
for planning Patrol and Troop activities and represents his patrol on the TLC.
PATROL LEADER'S COUNCIL (PLC) see Troop Leader's Council.
PROFESSIONAL SCOUTER is the term given to those hired by the BSA to help
coordinate the Scouting program in a particular area. The Council Executive
is responsible for the Bay Lakes Council. The District Executive for our
SCOUTER is an adult participant in the Scouting program.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD is the annual food drive that Scout Troops and Cub Packs
in the area participate in. Food is collected for distribution to the food
pantry at St. Vincent's, to Samaritan House, and to the Open Arms Shelter.
SCOUTMASTER (SM) is the adult leader of the Troop. He must be at least 21
years of age.
SENIOR PATROL LEADER (SPL) is elected by all the boys in the Troop. He
leads the Troop, presides at the Troop meetings, events, and activities,
chairs the Troop Leader's Council, and attends Troop Committee meetings and
appoints other boy leaders.
TROOP COMMITTEE is the group of adults who provide overall planning for the
Troop, frame Troop policies, and provide support, assistance and advice for
the Scoutmaster. Members of the Committee may have specific duties i.e.
finance, advancement, program, etc.
TROOP LEADERS COUNCIL (TLC) are the boy leaders who plan Troop meetings and
events. The SPL chairs the TLC. Other members include that ASPL, Patrol
Leaders, Instructors, and Junior Assistant Scoutmasters.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark