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Find BSA's list of Terms at http://www.scouting.org/media/los/all.aspx

 

Alpha Phi Omega (APO)

APO is a service fraternity sharing many of the values of Scouting. It is co-ed and has chapters at about 366 college campuses in the US.  It was founded in 1925 at Lafayette College.

 

Adult Leader Training – see  http://olc.scouting.org/

Fast Start training – This is the first adult leader training step.  Fast Start Training provides basic information and resources for new leaders.

Basic Leader Training

New Leader Essentials training – is the second adult leader training step

Leader Specific training – is the third adult leader training step.  This training is specific to the leadership position held (eg. Scoutmaster, Assistant SM, Committee, etc.)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – is required for Scoutmasters and their assistants.

Youth Protection Training – is required of every adult involved in Scouting.  There is a version of Youth Protection training for Scouting youth that gives them the tools to recognize, resist, and report different forms of child abuse.

Safe Swim Defense – is required of at least one adult leader for the troop to swim at an outing.

Safety Afloat – is required of  at least one adult leader along with Safe Swim Defense training for the troop to go boating.

Troop Committee Challenge – is the Leader Specific Training for Troop Committee member

Hazardous Weather Training – is new training for leaders related to protection of the troop from hazardous weather conditions while on outings.

Generational Diversity Training - see http://olc.scouting.org/courses/diversity/index.htm

Climb on Safely- Training for safe rock-climbing, see http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/Resources/Climb On Safely.asp

Woodbadge - After completing Fast Start and the appropriate Basic Leader training, an adult leader is encouraged to take Woodbadge for the 21st Century. This is a more advanced training and is sometimes referred to as the "PhD" for   Scouting's leaders.  Our Troop requires this training for the Scoutmaster.

 

Advancement Chairman

The Advancement Chairman is the adult leader in our troop that keeps track  of youth ranks and merit badges using Troopmaster software and other means, submits these records to the Occoneechee Council office, schedules Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review, and prepares awards for our Courts of Honor.  Mr. Owens is our Advancement Chairman.

 

Baden-Powell (BP)

Lord Robert Stephen Smythe Baden-Powell.  The founder of Scouting in England in 1908.  The Scouting program started because of the popularity of BP's book "Scouting for Boys" which was intended to familiarize youth with outdoor skills and activities.

 

Baden-Powell Award

This Patrol award within our Troop is based on BSA's Baden-Powell Star recognition for quality patrols.  Patrols are scored on uniforms, advancements, attendance, service projects, menus on campouts, awards and recognitions at camporees, and a variety of other patrol functions.  Patrol scores are compared and the Baden-Powell award is given at our February and September Courts of Honor.

 

Blue Card

An advancement record for merit badges.  The blue card is first signed by the Scoutmaster to authorize the scout to begin working on the merit badge requirements with the appropriate merit badge counselor.  When the counselor believes the scout has completed all the requirements for that badge, he will sign the blue card and pass it along to the Advancement Chairman.  The scout should keep the signed "Applicant Record" part of the blue card as evidence of his merit badge completion.

 

Board of Review  (BOR)

The final examination for each Scouting rank.  When all other requirements for a rank are complete, the scout will ask the Advancement Chairman for a BOR.  For Tenderfoot thru First Class, the BOR may be run by the Senior Patrol Leader and his assistants.  For Star and Life, the BOR will be run by the Scoutmaster, his assistants, or other adult leaders designated by the Scoutmaster.  For Eagle, the board will first be conducted by our Troop Eagle Board and then by the Three Rivers District Eagle Board of Review.

 

Bridging Ceremony, Bridging Over, Crossing over

The event where Webelos II Scouts ceremoniously cross a  bridge to join Boy Scouts.  On the other side, they are welcomed into our troop by the Scoutmaster, the Senior Patrol Leader and their new Patrol Leader.

 

Brown Sea Island

Is an Island in Poole Harbor on the southern coast of England where Baden-Powell held the first Boy Scout outing as a test of his program.

 

BSA Lifeguard

Lifeguard training for youth and adult leaders.  This certification lasts 3 years.

 

BSA Swim Test

Beginner Swim Test – (same as Second Class swimming requirement) "Jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on thesurface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place".

Swimmer Test – (same as First Class swimming requirement) "Jump feet first into water over your head in depth, level off and begin swimming, swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke.  The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.  After completing the swim, rest by floating". -The Boy Scout Handbook, BSA

 

Buddy

 On any outing, scouts group in pairs for activities, especially for swimming and boating activities.  Each scout is responsible to look out for his "buddy" to ensure safety.  See "Safe Swim Defense" and "Safety Afloat"

 

Camporee

A camporee is an outing, usually over a weekend, where the Troop camps along with other troops in Three Rivers District or in Occoneechee Council.  Camporees usually include friendly competitions between troops and/or patrols, flag ceremonies, a campfire program, and sometimes an Order of the Arrow ceremony.

 

Centennial Quality Unit Award

An award recognizing Scout Units like our Troop for achieving excellence in providing a quality program.   Formerly the "Quality Unit Award". see http://www.scouting.org/Awards/CentennialAwards.aspx

           

Chaplain, Chaplain's Aide

Scouting is an organization based on a belief in God.  This is expressed in our Oath and in the twelveth point of our Law.  Scouting is non-denominational.  The Chaplain is the spiritual leader of the Troop.  He coordinates with and supervises the Troop Chaplain's Aide to ensure that each outing has a religious service, prayers before meals, and other appropriate religious observances.

           

Charter

The contract between the Boy Scouts of America and the Charter Organization authorizing the Cub Pack, Scout Troop, or Venture Crew.  This contract is renewed with the annual  "re-charter" along with a re-organization of the Unit roster.  Our Troop's original charter was dated March 17, 1947 and established our Unit number as 93.  Generally, older troops have lower Unit numbers.

 

Charter Organization

This is the community organization that "owns", sponsors and is responsible for a Scout Troop, Pack, or Venture Crew.  Our Charter Organization is the Pittsboro Lions Club.  Many Units are sponsored by churches.

 

Charter Organization Representative (COR)

A member of the Charter Organization that is a liaison between them and the Unit (Troop, Pack, etc.) Committee.   The Troop Committee Chair reports to the COR.  The COR was formerly known as the Institutional Representative.

 

Chuck Box

The box in which a patrol carries cooking equipment and other patrol gear to and from an outing.

 

Commissioner

An Adult Leader at the Unit, District, or Council level that helps coordinate programs, recruiting, training, planning and other key infrastructure of the Scouting program.  The Commissioner is a liason to the next level up in the program.

 

Committee

The Committee is the foundation and supporting infrastructure of a Scouting Unit.  In our troop, it is made up of a Committee Chairman, the Charter Organization Representative, the         Scoutmaster, at least one Assistant Scoutmaster, and a number of other parents who are registered as committee members.   The Committee is responsible for assuring that the troop program follows BSA guidelines.  They provide Troop infrastructure and the necessary resources for the PLC and Scoutmaster to facilitate the Troop program. The Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at the Harold Boone Scout Park. Troop Committee structure and offices are outlined in the Troop Committee Handbook.

 

Committee Chair (CC)

The CC is a registered adult leader appointed by the Charter Organization Representative.  The CC presides over Troop Committee meetings to ensure that the Troop runs smoothly and follows BSA guidelines.

 

COPE Course

Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience course that uses ropes, heights, and group initiatives to build team spirit within a group.

 

Council

A Council is a legally incorporated organization within the Boy Scouts of America that is part of a Region.  A council is made up of a number of Districts.  Our Troop is part of Three Rivers District, which is part of Occoneechee Council, which is part of the Southern Region of BSA.

 

Council Executive

The Council Executive is the chief executive officer for the Council. This is a paid position, not a volunteer.  He supervises the Council Field Directors, Program Directors, District Executives, and administrative staff.

 

Council Office

The office of the Council Executive, Council administrative personnel, and other Council officials.  Our advancement records and Annual Charter are forwarded to our Council Office.  The Office also administers our local Scout Camps, provides guidance for advancement for Eagle and for special needs scouts, provides a professional scouter for our District, organizes our popcorn fundraiser, and a variety of other administrative functions.  In addition, we have a Scout Shop located in the same building on Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh.

 

Court of Honor  (COH)

A ceremony where scouts receive and/or are recognized for the rank advancements, merit badges, and other awards they have earned.  Our Troop often combines this event with a pot-luck dinner for families in February, May, and September of each year.

 

Cracker Barrel

A youth and/or adult leaders'  meeting with crackers, cheese and other snacks generally late in the day and often with discussions and information about the current activity or event.

 

Den

In Cub Scouts, the Pack is subdivided into Dens of similar aged youth that function together as a team.

 

Den Chief

A Boy Scout leadership position in a Cub Scout Den.  The Den Chief assists the Den Leader at meetings.

 

Den Leader

The adult leader in charge of a Cub Scout Den.

 

District

A District is not an incorporated legal entity, but is a sub-area within the Council and includes a number of troops.  Our Troop is part of Three Rivers District, which is part of Occoneechee Council, which is part of the Southern Region of BSA. 

 

District Executive (DE)

The DE is the Scouting professional working within a District.  He is responsible for District programming, fundraising, recruiting, and events

 

District  Roundtable

Monthly meeting

 

Dutch Oven

The Dutch Oven is a large pot with a lid.  The pot usually has three legs to hold it above the coals and a lip on the lid can retain coals on top.  This allows the dutch oven to be used for baking, though it can be used to cook almost any meal.  Originally, dutch ovens were made of cast iron, but are now also available in aluminum.

 

Eagle Board

The Board of Review for the Eagle Scout Award.  This interview is conducted by members of our District Eagle Board of Review after our Troop Eagle Board of Review is satisfied that the scout meets the qualifications for the Eagle Scout Rank.

 

Eagle Palms

Awards recognizing the Eagle Scout for continuing to earn merit badges beyond those required for Eagle.  The scout earns a Bronze Palm for an additional 5 merit badges, a Gold Palm for 10, and a Silver Palm for 15 beyond those required for Eagle.  Additional Palms are awarded in combinations of these representing each additional 5 merit badges earned.

 

Eagle Project Workbook

A pamphlet required for use in planning and organizing each Eagle Scout community service project.

 

Fifty-Miler Award

A Scouting award recognizing a scout or scouter for traversing at least 50 miles by trail, canoe or boat in one trip of at least 5 days, and conducting a 10-hour service project along the way.  This award is often completed at one of Scouting's High Adventure Bases but may be completed at Occoneechee's Holiday 50-Miler backpacking trip or on a long Troop backpacking or canoeing trip.

 

Firem'n Chit

Is a card certifying that the scout has demonstrated knowledge of safety rules in building, maintaining, and putting out camp and cooking fires.

 

Fleur-de-Lis

The universal emblem of Scouting.  Translated from French, it means "lily flower" and was used on many European coats of arms.  Historically, the fleur was often ; used on a compass rose to mark North.  Representing the way to go thru life, it was adopted by BP as the emblem of Scouting.  The three petals of the fleur ; match the three fingers of the Scout Sign in representing the three parts of the ; Scout Oath.

 

Florida Sea Base

A BSA High Adventure Base in the Florida Keys.  Sea Base also has a facility in the Bahamas.  The two facilities specialize in sailing, snorkeling, scuba training and diving, and remote island camping.

 

Friends of Scouting (FOS)

Is an annual fundraising campaign within each BSA Council to provide local support from members and non-members throughout the community.

 

Gilwell

Gilwell Park near Chingford, London, England.  This 109 acre park was donated to Scouting in 1919 by William de Bois Maclauren and is the site BP's first adult leader training course which came to be known as Woodbadge.  Gilwell is still used for scout outings.

 

God and Country

One of the many religious awards for youth recognized by BSA and administered by the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) program.

 

Good Turn

See: Scout Slogan

 

Guide to Safe Scouting

The Guide to Safe Scouting is published annually by BSA as a rule, policy and information guide to ensure safety for scouts and leaders  during Scouting's activities.  Scout leaders must be familiar with the Guide prior to planning Troop activities.  The Guide is available at our Council Scout Shops, at Scoutstuff.org, and online at http://www.scouting.org/HealthandSafety/GSS/toc.aspx and on our Troop website.

 

Harold Boone Award

The Harold Boone Award is a recognition given by our Troop annually to an adult Troop or community member that has through service to Scouting, exemplified the Scouting Spirit.  Harold Boone was an extraordinary leader and Scoutmaster in our Troop prior to 1947 and until his passing in 1985.

 

Honor Scout Award

This award was initiated by our Troop in 1993 to recognize one of our scouts who best exemplifies the image and spirit of Scouting and conscientiously strives to & live by the Scout Oath, Law, and Motto.  It is awarded annually at our February Court of Honor. See our Troop Handbook.

 

Hornaday Award

A series of five Scouting recognitions for "exceptional and distinguished service in conservation" by a scout, scouter, or unit.  The awards were established with funding from the DuPont Company in 1970 and are named after Dr. William T. Hornaday, the founder of the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

 

Insignia Control Guide

This is a BSA publication gives detailed rules and etiquette for appropriate wearing of the BSA uniform and all its patches.  It is available from the Occoneechee Scout Shop, www.scoutstuff.org, or http://www.scouting.org/Media/InsigniaGuide.aspx

 

Jamboree

A large Scouting Camporee like event, usually at the National or World level and usually recurring every four years.  In 2010, there will be a National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, VA celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Scouting.  Tens of thousands of scouts and scouters will attend as part of a contingent from their Council.  Including contingents and visitors, daily attendance may exceed 100,000 scouts and scouters!

 

Junior Asst. Scoutmaster (JASM )

A leadership position for an older scout, usually one having already held other leadership roles within the Troop.  This position acts as an assistant to the   Scoutmaster and in our Troop (as with most others) is held by an Eagle Scout.

 

Junior Leader Training Conference (JLTC)

An annual opportunity for youth leaders in our Troop to learn skills related to leadership.

 

Key Three

In a BSA Council, the Key Three include the Council President, the Council Executive, and the Council Commissioner. There is an analogous Key Three in each Scouting District.

 

Leader

A person given responsibility for a group's actions,  who guides them, encourages them, helps them to set worthy goals and then leads them toward accomplishing those goals.

 

Leave No Trace (LNT)

Is an outdoor ethic similar to BSA's Outdoor Code and encouraged for scouts and scouters while camping, hiking and backpacking.  The ethic includes seven principles to protect our wild areas:  1-Plan ahead and prepare, 2-Travel and camp on durable surfaces, 3-Dispose of waste properly, 4-Leave what you find, 5-Minimize campfire impacts, 6-Respect wildlife, and 7-Be considerate of other visitors.  In 1993, these principles became the basis for a world-wide organization called Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics initiated by a consortium of public, private, and non-profit groups concerned for the well being of the outdoors. See http://www.lnt.org/programs/principles.php  or http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/TeachingLeaveNoTrace.aspx

 

Lone Scouts

Formerly the Lone Scouts of America, organized in 1915 by William D. Boyce to allow youth to experience the Scouting program even though they lived in remote areas where there was no troop.  The LSA merged into BSA in 1924. Advancements were completed and mailed to designated leaders and counselors for approval.  The Lone Scout Memory Lodge was built in 1970 at Camp John J. Barnhardt, Central North Carolina Council in New London, North Carolina as a museum for Lone Scout memorabilia.

 

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

NYLT is BSA's standardized youth leader training course that is generally offered annually during the summer by each BSA Council.

 

National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)

NESA is a US organization open for membership to any youth or adult who has earned the Eagle Scout rank.

 

New Scout Patrol

After the Bridging Ceremony in February or March each year, the former Webelos Scouts that have just joined our Troop will form an New Scout Patrol.  Their Patrol Leader is usually their former Den Chief.  They will pick a patrol name and function as a regular patrol for several months and through summer camp.  After camp, the new scouts merge into existing patrols in the Troop.

 

Northern Tier

Northern Tier National High Adventure Base has unparalleled wilderness canoeing adventures through the Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely, MN, the Don Rogert Canoe Base in Attikokan, Ontario, and the Northern Expeditions Canoe Base in Bissett, Manitoba.   See http://www.ntier.org/

 

Occoneechee

This is the name of our BSA Council.  The name is derived from that of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation of Native Americans.  The former Occaneechi territory centered around Alamance County, North Carolina and extended into other Piedmont areas of North Carolina and southern Virginia.  This area had been known as a crossroads of early Native American trade routes.

 

Order of the Arrow (OA)

An organization within Scouting of honor campers exemplifying service to others.  Scouts are elected by their Troop peers for membership in the OA.  The OA was founded by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson in 1915 at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council.  It was approved as part of the Scouting program in 1934.  OA membership has three levels:

 

Ordeal- 1st step toward full membership involving self sacrifice and service

Brotherhood-full membership with emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and OA

Vigil Honor-for outstanding service to Scouting, the OA lodge, and the community

 

Patrol

The Patrol is a group of approximately 8 scouts that function together as a team on campouts, during competitions and games, at camporees, weekly meetings, and other Scouting activities.  Several patrols together make up our Troop. 

 

Patrol Leader (PL)

Each Patrol has an older, elected leader called a Patrol Leader.   Each Patrol Leader has an  Assistant Patrol Leader who helps with his duties and can stand in his place when the PL is absent.

 

Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)

Formerly known as the Green Bar, referring to the green stripes on their patch of office.  Our Troop is a youth –run organization.  The PLC is a committee made up of all the youth leaders in our Troop.    They have responsibility for planning all Troop activities, outings, and programs and then carrying out those plans.  The PLC has an adult advisor for guidance and may ask other adults from the Troop or from the community for assistance with their program and plans.  The PLC meets on the second Thursday of each month.

 

Philmont Scout Ranch

Is a 137,000-acre high adventure backpacking base and training center near Cimarron, New Mexico.

 

PLC Planning Meeting

The Patrol Leaders' Council meets to plan the next semester's Troop activities with the guidance of the PLC Advisor  and Programs Advisor. This plan is then presented to the Troop Committee for approval to make sure the plan meets BSA guidelines and that necessary resources can be provided. This meeting normally occurs in December to plan for January thru August meetings and activities and again in August to plan September thru December activities.  Obviously, some activities must be planned much further in advance to allow time for reservations.  In addition, the Patrol Leaders Council meets every month to plan details of the next month's programs and activities. 

 

Quartermaster

A youth leadership position responsible for Troop or Patrol equipment.  He ensures that equipment is returned to storage in good condition and clean after each outing and checks it out as needed prior to outings.  He also reports equipment needs to the Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader and sometimes to the Troop Committee.

 

Ranks

The advancements of Scouting.  They include Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle.

Re-charter

Sometimes referred to as Charter Renewal, this is an annual process of re- registering  scouts and adult leaders with BSA and renewing the contract between our Charter Organization, the Troop, and BSA.

 

Region

BSA is subdivided into geographical administrative units called Regions.  They include Northeast Region, Southern Region, Central Region, and Western Region.  Each Region is divided into Councils.  Our Troop is part of Three Rivers District, which is Part of Occoneechee Council, which is part of the Southern Region of BSA.

 

Roundtable

see "District Roundtable"

 

Sash

Sash refers to a strip of cloth worn with the Scout Uniform draped over the right shoulder and may have one of two purposes.  The merit badge sash is about 6 inches wide of olive drab cloth and has space for merit badges the scout has earned to be displayed in rows of three.  This is only worn on special occasions such as a Board of Review or a Court of Honor and is never worn as an adult scouter.  The Order of the Arrow (OA) uses a 2 ½ inch wide white sash with red arrow symbols to designate Ordeal, Brotherhood, or Vigil Honor membership.  This sash is only worn at OA functions or when rendering service as an OA member.  Sashes should never be draped over the belt.

 

Safe Swim Defense

A BSA program designed to promote safety during aquatics activities.  The program has 8 steps that include:

Qualified Supervision

Physical Fitness for the activity

Pre-Swim exploration of the swim area

Lifeguards

Lookouts

Ability Groups

Buddy System

Discipline

 

Safety Afloat

A BSA program designed to promote safety during boating activities.  The program is similar to Safe Swim Defense but includes 9 steps:

Qualified Supervision

Physical Fitness for the activity

Swimming Ability

Personal Floatation Equipment

Buddy System

Skill Proficiency

Planning

Proper Equipment in Good Condition

Discipline

 

Scout

A youth registered in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Venture Scouts

 

Scouter

An adult leader registered in Scouting.

 

Scout Handbook

Possibly the single most important resource each scout has for his Scouting career.  This book has a wealth of information about the outdoors, camping, first aid, safety, and the Scouting advancements.  It has rank requirements and a place for initialling and dating each one as it is completed.  Thus the Handbook becomes the scout's progress record for future reference.

 

Scout Law

A scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent." (see the Boy Scout Handbook)

 

Scout Motto

"Be Prepared".  When asked "Prepared for what?", BP said "Well, be prepared for any ole thing".

 

Scout Oath

The Creed of the Boy Scouts of America:  "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. (see the Boy Scout Handbook)

 

Scout Slogan

The Scout Slogan is "Do a Good Turn Daily".  This is any helpful act or kindness done without an expectation of payment or any return favor.  The Scouting program was brought to the US by American businessman William D. Boyce because of a good turn done for him by an unknown scout in London in 1909.  See "Scroll"

 

Scout Shop

Our Council maintains stores in Fayetteville and Raleigh (at the Council Office) with supplies, patches, memorabilia, equipment, and books for Scouting.

 

Scout Stuff

See www.scoutstuff.org the online catalog of BSA equipment, supplies, and memorabilia.

 

Scoutmaster (SM)

The adult leader in charge of the Troop Scouting program.  see the Troop Committee Handbook.

 

Scoutmaster Conference

The Scoutmaster Conference is a discussion between the scout and the Scoutmaster or one of his assistants at least once for each rank.  This conference has several goals:  For the scout and Scoutmaster to get to know each other, To help the young scout to understand the Scouting program and how to live up to the ideals of Scouting, To help the scout set goals for his next advancement  and for life, and to help the scout explore his religious beliefs and duty to God.  The Scoutmaster Conference was formerly known as the Personal Growth Agreement Conference.  See the Boy Scout Handbook.

 

Scout Spirit

Scout Spirit represents the effort each scout makes to live up to the ideals of Scouting including the Oath, the Law, the Motto, and the Slogan.

 

Scroll

The small banner in the shape of a smile under the First Class emblem to remind each scout that "a Scout is Cheerful".  The knot hanging under the scroll reminds us to "Do a Good Turn Daily".

 

Service Project

Each rank beginning with Star requires the scout to participate in a project giving service in some way to the community.  These projects may not benefit the scout's troop or family.  These projects are progressively more involved as the scout advances.  The Eagle service project is a substantial effort that is planned, organized, and led by the Eagle candidate.  It must have prior approval by the District Eagle Board and be reported to that Board after completion. 

Our Troop occasionally takes on a community service project that is not related to a scout's advancement.  Examples include: Scouting for Food, CORA Food Drive, building handicapped ramps, etc.

 

Silver Beaver

An award for adult scout leaders, recognizing many years of dedicated service to both Scouting and the community.

 

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

The youth leader in charge of the Troop.  The SPL's responsibilities are outlined in our Troop Handbook.  This and the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader are elected positions in our Troop.

 

Three Rivers

Our Scouting District, including scouts in Chatham and Lee counties and a small   part of Harnett county.  Three Rivers is one of 13 Districts in Occoneechee   Council.

Totin' Chip

A card certifying that a scout has knowledge of safe and appropriate use of woods tools (knife, ax, and saw).  If caught misusing a woods tool the scout looses a corner from his Totin' Chip card.  When all four corners are gone, he must re-earn the card.

 

Tour Permit

A "Local Tour Permit" application form is filled out for every outing and activity our Troop participates in other than weekly meetings.  Occoneechee Council in turn issues us a "Local Tour Permit" authorizing the activity if we have met BSA's minimum standards of leadership and training for the activity.  This information is used for safety and insurance purposes.  If travel exceeds 500 miles, we must use a more detailed "National Tour Permit" application form which must be approved by BSA's Regional and National Offices.

 

Trefoil

The Fleur-de-Lis, or universal emblem of Scouting, so named because of its three petals, each representing one of the three parts of the Scout Oath.

 

Triple Crown Award

The Triple Crown Award recognizes any scout or scouter that has participated at all three of the national high adventure bases offered by BSA.  These are the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmaron, NM, the Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys, and the Northern Tier Canoe Base at Ely, MN, at Atticocan, Ontario and/or at Bissett, Mannitoba.

 

Troop

The basic group of the Boy Scout program.  The troop is composed of one to many Patrols, each with approximately 8 youth members.  Troops have unique numbers within each Council and typically retain that number for the duration of their existence.  Our Troop number has been 93 since 1947.  Troops typically ange from a minimum of 5 to more than 80 youth members each.  Each troop has a sponsoring or "Charter Organization", a Troop Committee, a Scoutmaster with one or more Assistant Scoutmasters, a Senior Patrol Leader, and a Patrol Leader for each Patrol.

 

Troop Committee

see "Committee"

 

Troop Handbook

A compilation including our Troop history and awards, a summary of BSA and Troop rules and policies, instructions for working on advancements, and job descriptions for Troop youth leaders. Click here - Troop Handbook

 

TroopMaster

Popular software our Troop has purchased.  Our Advancement Chairman uses this software to track and report our scouts' advancements.

 

Uniform

The purpose of the uniform in Scouting is to give everyone a sense of belonging to the group.  As such, it helps break down social barriers and give a sense of equality among Scouting's members.

 

The Class A Uniform – includes the official Boy Scout shirt and either long or short pants, scout or dark socks, a scout web or leather belt.  Some troops include a scout or troop neckerchief and/or a scout hat.

 

The Class B uniform – includes the Troop red tee-shirt, either long or short pants, scout or dark socks,  and a scout web or leather belt.

 

Unit

Troops, Packs, and Venture Crews are all Units within the Scouting program.

 

Unknown Scout

The Unknown Scout refers to that British scout who in London in 1909 helped William D. Boyce (an American there on business) to find a location in town and would not accept any reward.  Boyce was so impressed that he asked to find out more about Baden-Powell's Scouting program and on returning to the US, began the Boy Scouts of America.  There are monuments to the Unknown Scout near the White House in Washington, DC and in Gilwell Park, London.

 

William D. Boyce

Brought the Scouting program to the US around 1909.  Along with Daniel Beard and

 

World Conservation Award

A Scouting award recognizing the completion of three merit badges: Environmental Science, Citizenship in the World, and either Soil and Water Conservation or Fish and Wildlife Management.

 

Youth Leader

A scout holding an elected or appointed leadership role in the Troop or a Den Leader's position in the Pack.  A member of the Patrol Leaders Council.  See the Troop Handbook for specific descriptions.

 

Youth Protection

The Boy Scouts of America has been very proactive about protecting youth from abuse.  BSA has published video and other training courses for adult leaders.  They also have published age-appropriate training videos for youth members that  teach them how to "recognize, resist, and report" abusive behaviors.

 

Legal and Pseudo-Legal Stuff

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