Terminology Annual Plan: A list of dates of troop activities for the current year (January through December). Once a year (in October), the scouts decide on what activities they want to do for the next year and then we write it up to distribute to everyone. Annual Planning Conference (APC): Once all the scouts have voiced their opinions about what they want to do for the next year, the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meets to review what the scouts want and come up with a plan for the next year. Assistant Patrol Leader (APL): The second in command of a patrol. He is the patrol leader when the patrol leader is not available. Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM): Adults who help the scoutmaster as needed. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL): The second in command of the boys in the troop. He is the senior patrol leader when the senior patrol leader is not available. Blue Card: A roughly 3” by 8” blue colord card that is filled out by a Merit Badge Counselor when a Scout has completed a Merit Badge. Boy Scout Council: A subdivision of the Boy Scouts of America. They are usually just referred to as “councils”. There are a couple hundred local Boy Scout Councils across the United Stated of America. Each council is subdivided into roughly 10 to 30 districts. Our Troop 214 is a member of the National Capital Area Council (NCAC). Camping Trip: Any weekend trip where the scouts sleep in tents. Class “A” Uniform: Button-up scout shirt, scout pants, scout belt. If scout shorts are worn, scout socks should also be worn. This uniform is worn most of the year to meetings and camping trips. Class “A+” Uniform (Class “A-plus” Uniform): Same as the Class “A” Uniform, plus neckerchief and neckerchief slide. This uniform is reserved for special occasions such as courts of honor (both regular and Eagle), Scout Sunday, and possibly other special occasions. Class “B” Uniform: Scout T-Shirt (preferably the red Troop 214 T-Shirt, but any T-Shirt related to the Boy Scouts is appropriate), scout pants, scout belt. If scout shorts are worn, scout socks should also be worn. This is our “summer uniform”. At the PLC Meeting in May or June, the Patrol Leader Council (PLC) will decide whether to switch to the summer uniform. We return to Class “A” Uniforms once daylight savings time ends unless the PLC decides to return to Class “A” Uniforms at an earlier date. Closing Circle: At the end of every meeting, the troop and parents form a circle. This is where important announcements are made so as to inform the troop and parents of upcoming activities or anything else that is important. This is why we encourage all parents to join us in the closing circles. There may not be enough time to get last minute announcements out to the troop via E- Mail. Once all announcements have been made, our senior patrol leader leads us in the scoutmaster’s benediction. Committee Chairperson: The parent who is in change of the troop committee meetings. Court of Honor: An event we hold 3 times a year usually January, June, and September) to recognize all scouts who have earned some sort of advancement award since the last court of honor. All parents are encouraged to attend, since the chances are your son has earned something since the last court of honor. Also, no matter what time of year it is, Class “A+” Uniforms are to be worn by the scouts. District: A subdivision of a Boy Scout Council. Troop 214 is a member of the Patuxent District of the National Capital Area Council. Duty Roster: A list of jobs and scouts who are to do those jobs. This is usually done for camping trips when patrols need to have their member rotate through cooking and cleaning jobs. There are typically 7 jobs on a duty roster that rotate between members of that patrol each meal: Cook (in charge of cooking the meal), Assistant Cook (helps the cook as needed), Cleanup (in charge of cleaning patrol cook gear), Assistant Cleanup (helps the cleanup as needed), Campsite Cleanup (responsible for keeping the campsite clean), Water (responsible for getting any and all water needed by the patrol), and Fire (builds and maintains a campfire if one is needed). Eagle: The highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Eagle Scout: 1) A scout who has earned the Eagle rank. 3) An adult leader who earned the Eagle rank when he was a scout – “Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.” First Class: The 3rd rank a scout earns. First Class Scout: A scout who has earned the First Class rank. First Year Scout: Any scout who has not been a member of a boy scout troop during one full scout year (September to August). Some times shortened to “First Years”. Florida Sea Base: A High Adventure Scout Camp located in the Florida keys, usually referred to as simply Sea Base. This camp specializes in activities related to water such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking, etc. See http://bsaseabase.org/ for additional information. High Adventure Scout Camp: Any scout summer camp that offers activities that go above and beyond what your typical summer camp. These camps are opened only to scouts who have reached a certain age (13 or 14 depending on the camp) and the activities are designed to be more challenging than what the scouts are used to. The activities available at many High Adventure Camps include long duration backpacking or canoeing trips, advanced skills training and activities, and a whole lot more Sometimes a High Adventure Camp is referred to as a High Adventure Base. Kitchen Patrol (KP): Another name for the scouts responsible for cleanup on a campout. Life: The 5th rank a scout earns. This is the last rank prior to a scout earning Eagle. Life Scout: A scout who has earned the Life rank. Local Council: See Boy Scout Council. Merit Badge: A badge earned for completing several requirements in a specific subject area. There are at least 120 to choose from. See the list at http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/advancementTOC.asp. Merit Badge Counselor: An adult who has knowledge in a subject area covered by a merit badge who has volunteered to help scouts earn the merit badge. New Scout: Any scout who recently joined the boy scouts. This is usually used for those scouts who joined a boy scout troop in the middle of a scout year. Northern Tier National High Adventure Base: A High Adventure Scout Camp located in Minnesota, specializing in extended canoeing trips. See http://www.ntier.org/index.html for additional information. Older Boy/Older Scout: Usually used to refer to those scouts who have completed at least three scout years (September to August). Also used to refer to scouts who are 14 years old or older. Order of the Arrow (OA): The Order of the Arrow is a "Brotherhood of Scout Honor Campers", often referred to as the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service. Most of the decisions are made by the youth members of the organization. Scouts become a member of the OA by being elected by the scouts in their scout troop. The must be at least a First Class Scout before they can be elected to the OA by their troop. For more information check out http://www.oa-bsa.org/. Partial: When used in reference to advancement, this term means a partially completed Merit Badge. A Merit Badge Counselor will will out a part of a Merit Badge Card (a.k.a. “Blue Card”) that will list which requirements the scout has completed for that badge. Patrol: A subdivision of the scout troop. Typically 6 to 8 scouts, patrols can range in size from 4 to 12 scouts. Each patrol is lead by a patrol leader who is elected by his patrol members. The patrol leader answers to the senior patrol leader. Patrol Leader (PL): The elected leader of a patrol. Patrol Leaders Council (PLC): Any scout who holds an elected leadership position (i.e. senior patrol leader and patrol leaders) and their assistants. Additional leadership positions are included as needed (scribe, quartermaster, etc) Patrol Leader Council Meeting (PLC Meeting): A meeting of the Patrol Leader Council (PLC). This meeting take place whenever the troop has a committee meeting. This meeting is only for members of the PLC. Philmont Scout Ranch: A High Adventure Scout Camp near Cimarron, New Mexico, usually referred to as simply Philmont. This camp is built upon 137,493 acres (nearly 215 square miles) of land donated by Waite Philips in 1938. This camp specializes in activities related to the wild west. Backpacking treks are the most common way to explore the property, though horse treks are available in limited numbers. The Backpacking treks go between different program areas that include sweat lodge, lumberjack camp, rock climbing, fly fishing, black powder rifle, horseback riding, challenge courses, and a whole lot more. See http://www.philmont.com/ for additional information. Quartermaster (QM): The scout who is in charge of distributing equipment on camping trips and insures the return of that equipment. He is also the scout that organizes the troop shed and informs the PLC if any new equipment is needed. Scout: 1) Any boy who is a member of a scout troop. 2) The rank a scout receives once he completes the joining requirements of Boy Scouts. Scout Book: The Boy Scout Handbook. Scout Camp: A term that usually refers to a camp run by a Boy Scout Council and quite often refers to a Summer Camp. Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Scout Motto: “Be Prepared” Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” Scout Promise: Same as the Scout Oath. Scout Salute: Very similar to the cub scout salute, except the ring finger is included. It is also similar to the scout sign, except instead of holding the forearm vertical, the forearm is brought down so that the thumb side of the pointer finger is touching the forehead just above the eyebrow. Scout Sign: Very similar to the cub scout sign, except the ring finger is included. The left arm is kept pointing straight down the left side of the body and only the right arm and hand are used. The upper arm makes a 90-degree angle with the rib cage, pointing straight out from the body. The forearm makes a 90 degree angle with the upper arm, with the forearm pointed vertically. The hand is held palm forward with the pointer, middle, and ring fingers held vertical, the pinky finger folded down under a bent thumb. Scout Slogan: “Do a good turn daily” Scout Sunday: A special event that occurs the first Sunday of February where Troop 214 helps with the 11am service at Riverdale Presbyterian Church. Scouter: Any adult who is involved in scouting. Scouting on the Mall: About once every two years, NCAC holds a big event in the area around the Washington Monument. All scout troops in the NCAC are invited to show off their scouting skills at this event. Each troop is given an area no smaller than 20’ by 20’ (larger spaces can be reserved) to set up whatever scout activity they want. Our 2002 catapult was assembled using only ropes and logs. No metal was used with the exception of the lacrosse pole that was used to put the water balloons in to launch. Even that was attached to the catapult using only ropes. Scoutmaster: The adult leader who is in charge of all adult leaders who directly help the scouts. He is also the interface between the scouts and the troop committee. He represents the scouts interests at a troop committee meeting and he represents the interests of the troop committee at a PLC meeting. He is there to make sure everyone (adults and scouts) know and follow BSA guidelines. Scoutmaster Fundamentals: The basic training course that all Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters should take as soon as possible after becoming an adult leader. Scoutmaster’s Benediction: “May the great master of all scouts be with us until we meet again. May we run life’s race at a good scout’s pace on the path that leads to him.” Scoutmaster’s Minute: A one to two minute talk by the scoutmaster which tells a story while teaching a lesson. Scribe: The “secretary” for the Patrol Leaders Council. Sea Base: See Florida Sea Base. Second Class: The 2nd rank advancement a scout earns. Second Class Scout: A scout who has completed the Second Class rank. Second Year Scout: Any scout who has completed one full scout year (September to August). Some times shortened to “Second Years”. Senior Patrol Leader (SPL): The leader of the scouts in a scout troop. Ideally, the senior patrol leader should also plan and run the meetings and camping trips with the help of the patrol leaders and with guidance from the scoutmaster. Service Patrol: The patrol that is in charge of doing the opening ceremony of a troop meeting and returning the flags to the shed at the end of the meeting. The patrol members of whichever patrol was chosen by the PLC to be the Service Patrol for a particular meeting should arrive at the church 5 to 10 minutes before the start of the troop meeting in order to get everything set up on time. Service Project: Volunteer work performed by the scout troop which does not benefit the scout troop or any member of the scout troop. Special Event: Any troop activity that is not a meeting, camping trip, or service project. Star: The 4th rank advancement a scout earns. Star Scout: Any scout who has completed the Star rank. Summer Camp: A week-long camping trip to a local scout camp. Scouts will have the chance to earn Merit Badges and of course, have a ton of fun. Tenderfoot: The 1st rank advancement that a scout earns. Tenderfoot Scout: Any scout who has earned the Tenderfoot rank. Third Year Scout: Any scout who has completed two full scout years (September to August). Some times shortened to “Third Years”. Troop Committee: Parents of scouts in the scout troop who hold “behind the scenes” position in a scout troop such as treasurer, advancement chairperson, and many others. Troop Committee Meeting: A meeting of the troop committee. This meeting occurs 10 times a year. It occurs at 7pm on the 4th Monday of January, February, March, April, June, September, and October and at 7pm on the 3rd Monday of May and November (due to holidays during the 4th week of those months). Troop Meeting: Our troop’s weekly meeting. Wednesdays at 7pm from September through June (except Thanksgiving week, any Wednesday between 12/24 and 1/1, one variable week in January, spring break week for Prince George’s County public schools, and the last week in June). Troop Lock-In: Once a year (usually January), we “camp” inside the church. We usually start around 6pm with a pot-luck dinner, then all the parents leave and the rest of the evening the scouts either watch movies or play games. The next morning, we fix breakfast and clean up. By 10am, unless there is a scout activity planned for the day, the scouts are ready to be picked up.
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