Language of Scouting

The Language of Scouting and BSA Style Manual
Revised November 2018

This reference is the Boy Scouts of America’s definitive resource on terms and style specific to Scouting and this organization. The Language of Scouting encompasses style, usage, grammar, and spelling norms observed by the Boy Scouts of America and used by the Marketing Group and Communication Services Department and its approved editorial and publishing partners. These standards have been developed so that the BSA can disseminate resources and other information in the most professional, consistent, coherent, and uniform manner for all forms of communication—print, digital, multimedia, etc.

Scouting terms are based in part on the Charter and Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America (available here). Grammar, spelling, style, and usage decisions are based on the latest editions of the following references, in order of preference: Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Chicago Manual of Style. Turn to these resources (in the given order) for further reference. The Language of Scouting always takes precedence. Note: If an entry is capitalized, it should be capitalized whenever it is used.

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There are currently 327 names in this directory
"Fun with a purpose"
This phrase is trademarked by Highlights magazine. Use only in quotes from Lord Baden-Powell. Otherwise, use "game with a purpose."

1910 Society, The
(or just 1910 Society) Prior to 2010, this program recognized donors who gave at least $25,000 outright or over a five-year period. It was replaced in 2010 with the Second Century Society.

50-Miler Award
This award is earned when a Scout hikes, paddles, bikes, or rides horseback for at least 50 miles over five consecutive days, performs 10 hours of service, and completes the 50-Miler Award application.

The ham radio station of the World Scout Bureau Global Support Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. See "HB9S," "Jamboree-on-the-Air," and "K2BSA."

activity chair
A Venturer appointed by the crew Advisor and president to chair a crew activity or project.

Adult Mentor program
Adult mentors work with young people enrolled in the God and Country program. An adult who completes the mentor studies receives a certificate and lapel pin to wearon nonuniform clothing.

adult partner
The adult member of a Lion or Tiger team.

Lowercase when describing a counselor other than a Venturing staff or volunteer Advisor. Examples: "professional advisor," "Venturing staff Advisor," "Venturing volunteer Advisor." See "adviser."

Advisory Council
The Advisory Council to the National Executive Board is composed of nonvoting members of the National Council who, because of experience, have a particular expertise that would benefit the national organization. They are elected to National Advisory Council membership by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board members present at any meeting.

aims of Scouting
The Scouting program has four specific objectives, commonly referred to as the "aims of Scouting." They are character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness.

Alpha Phi Omega
A coeducational service fraternity organized in many of the colleges and universities of America. It was founded on the principles of the BSA and Scout Oath and Scout Law.Org course.

Former Scouts, family members of Scouts (past and present), volunteers, Scouters, and Scouting supporters.

aquatics awards
Several BSA experiential aquatics awards, not tied to advancement, promote water safety and are available to Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, and leaders. They include Boardsailing BSA, Kayaking BSA, Mile Swim BSA, Scuba BSA, Snorkeling BSA, BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding, and Whitewater Rafting BSA.

Aquatics Supervision: Paddle Craft Safety
The modules in this skills training course supplement online Safety Afloat training and are recommended for those supervising the appropriate boating activities. Modules include Basic Canoeing, Basic Kayaking, River Canoeing, and River Kayaking. The first reference in a document should include the full title. Subsequent references may be shortened to Paddle Craft Safety..

Aquatics Supervision: Swimming and Water Rescue
This skills training course supplements online Safe Swim Defense training and is recommended for those supervising swimming activities. The first reference in a document should include the full title. Subsequent references may be shortened to Swimming and Water Rescue.

area codes
The preferred style is to use a hyphen with the area code rather than parentheses: 972- 580-2000.

area president
The elected volunteer officer in an area who heads the area committee and serves as a member of the regional cabinet.

Arrow of Light
The sixth and highest rank in Cub Scouting. The Arrow of Light badge is the only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Scout uniform. Examples: "Arrow of Light badge," "Arrow of Light rank."

A youth or adult member of the Order of the Arrow. Plural is Arrowmen.

assistant Chief Scout Executive
There are four assistant Chief Scout Executives responsible for the areas of Field Service, Development, Support Services, and Outdoor Adventures for the BSA. The ACSEs support and report to the Chief Scout Executive. (see Chief Scout Executive)

assistant Cubmaster
A volunteer Scouter, 18 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to help the Cubmaster.

assistant den leader
A volunteer Scouter, 18 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to help the Cub Scout den leader.

assistant denner
A Cub Scout or Webelos Scout elected by his peers to help the denner.

assistant Scoutmaster
A volunteer Scouter, 18 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to help the Scoutmaster by working with a new-Scout patrol.

assistant Webelos den leader
A leader in a pack, at least 18 years of age, who is appointed by the chartered organization to help the Webelos den leader.

associate Advisor
Each Venturing crew should have one or more adults, 21 years of age or older, who perform such duties as may be assigned by the Advisor. Associate Advisors often are assigned administrative and program functions.

Awards Central
The online repository for information about official awards and recognitions. This is where the most up-to-date information about BSA awards and recognitions may be found including award applications and nomination forms. Go to

(Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation) This training experience teaches volunteer leaders how to plan and carry out an outdoor experience for Cub Scouts.

This may refer to an executive board and is written without capitalization in general reference. It may refer to a board of review only on second reference. Capitalize when in reference to the BSA Executive Board or a specific executive board: Rio Grande Council Executive Board.

board of regents
Recipients of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award are invited to join the Board of Regents of the National Eagle Scout Association. The chair of the NESA Board of Regents is elected by those who have accepted membership. Capitalize only when reference is clearly to the NESA Board of Regents.

(Pronounced BO-sun) The elected youth leader of a Sea Scout ship. The office is comparable to president of a Venturing crew.

The first rank earned by Cub Scouts who join after kindergarten.

Boy Scouts of America National Foundation
A foundation established by the BSA to help local councils raise new gifts, provide technical assistance and advice for major gifts, and help donors establish gifts such as charitable unitrusts, scholarship funds, and those that may be distributed among several Scouting entities. The foundation also distributes and tracks financial grants to local councils, raises funds for national BSA initiatives, and serves as trustee for a wide variety of charitable gifts benefiting Scouting. Also commonly referred to as the BSA Foundation.

Boys’ Life
The magazine for all boys published by the Boy Scouts of America. The title should be typeset in italics or, when italics is not available, underlined. Note the placement of the apostrophe (not Boy’s).

bridge of honor
An award presentation ceremony in Sea Scouting.

Bronze Wolf Award
The only award presented by the World Scout Committee. Bestowed solely in recognition of outstanding service by an individual to the world Scout movement.

Brotherhood membership
The second and final induction phase of membership in the Order of the Arrow. Capitalize Brotherhood only when referring to membership or to the ceremony. Do not capitalize when referring to friendship.

BSA Aquatics Instructor
A five-year training designation for an adult who satisfactorily completes the Aquatics section at a BSA National Camping School.

BSA Brand Center
The BSA Brand Center is an asset management resource, located at, designed to help councils produce brand-consistent and cost-effective marketing materials, including fliers, logos, videos and more.

BSA Learn Center
Accessed via, the BSA Learn Center offers a selection of courses for adult volunteers.

BSA Lifeguard
A professional-level lifeguard training program available to registered members at least 15 years old.

BSA Lifeguard Instructor
A certification for adults who train BSA Lifeguards.

BSA Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

BSA Vision Statement
The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

buddy system
The safety system where Scouts pair together and keep an eye out for each other during Scouting activities such as camping, aquatics, meetings with merit badge counselors, and Scoutmaster conferences. For aquatics activities, swimmers of like ability are paired, check in and out of the water together, and monitor the safety of each other during the swim.

budget plan
A method used by a unit to develop thrift habits. A yearly budget is established and weekly dues are agreed upon.

An appointed youth position of responsibility in a Sea Scout ship or a Boy Scout troop. Bugler is not considered a position of responsibility for the Eagle Scout rank; it is, however, only for the Star Scout and Life Scout ranks.

Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America
The document that defines all legal aspects of the operation of the Boy Scouts of America corporation. Contained in the Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America.

camp director
The Scouter in charge of the administration of a Scout resident camp or a Cub Scout day camp or resident camp.

Campaign for local council endowment
Many councils conduct a campaign to raise new gifts used to increase their endowment funds. It may be a standalone campaign, or it may be a separate component of a capital campaign.

camping director
A professional Scouter who is responsible for development of the year-round camping program of the local council. This person supervises the long-term camping program and may or may not serve as the resident camp director.

A volunteer Scouter trained to assist in short-term camping. Many councils organize a campmaster corps as a resource for their units.

A camping activity with at least one overnight stay. One word.

Avoid unnecessary capitalization. When in doubt, don’t capitalize. Many words and phrases, including special cases, are listed separately in this guide. Entries that are capitalized without further comment should be capitalized in all uses. If there is no relevant listing in this guide for a particular word or phrase, consult Use lowercase if the dictionary lists it as an acceptable form for the sense in which the word is being used.

As used in this guide, “capitalize” means to use uppercase for the first letter of a word. If additional capital letters are needed, they are called for by an example or a phrase such as “use all caps.” Also see “composition titles.” Following are some Scouting specifics:

Activities. Do not capitalize “pow wow,” “camporee,” “jamboree,” or “show” unless the reference is to a specific event: Midland District Pow Wow, South Central Camporee, the 1997 National Scout Jamboree, Pioneer Day Scouting Show.

Groups. Do not capitalize “pack,” “den,” “troop,” “patrol,” “ship,” “crew,” “district,” “council,” “region,” or “area” unless the reference is specific: Pack 10, Den 5, Troop 6, Fox Patrol, Ship 2, Central District, Circle Ten Council, Western Region, Area 2.

Headings and Titles of Works. In headings and titles that use uppercase and lowercase letters, capitalize the first letter of the first word, the first letter of the last word, and all other words except “to” in infinitives (Dare to Fly With the Eagles), articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for), and prepositions of fewer than four letters (at, by, for, in, of, off, on, per, to, up, via), except when used as part of an adverb in a title (Climb On Safely). Do capitalize prepositions of four letters or more (With, From, Between, After). Note that subordinating conjunctions (As, If, When) are capitalized (Scouts to Work at Cleanup As Their Good Turn). Also see “composition titles.”

Titles of Office Chief Scout Executive, and Chief Scout of the World are the only titles that are routinely capitalized in all uses. Capitalize other titles only when they precede the name: District Executive Thorpe is working with other district executives; she is the council’s Scout executive.

Nationalities, religious organizations, and tribal or racial groups. Do not capitalize group names that refer to color. Examples: American, Islamic, Hispanic, African American, Asian, American Indian, black, white.

certificate of merit
See “Local Council Certificate of Merit” and “National Certificate of Merit.”

New entry for chair which replaces BSA president.

(1) A spiritual leader for units appointed by the faith-based community organization chartered to use the Scouting program. (2) One who gives spiritual leadership to a camp or jamboree community; conducts religious services according to his or her faith and arranges for other religious observance as needed; provides help in dealing with morale; and visits those who are ill and provides counseling in case of bereavement.

An optional geographic administrative unit of an Order of the Arrow lodge corresponding to a district or multiple districts.

Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America
The published booklet containing the two documents. Underlined when typed and italics when typeset if reference is to the physical book; titles of the separate documents are not underlined or italicized.

charter presentation
A formal ceremony at which the charter, Scouter commissions, and membership certificates are presented to organization authorities and members of the unit.

charter renewal
An annual meeting attended by the chartered organization representative, head of the chartered organization, troop leaders, and unit commissioner for the purpose of completing the charter application and making plans for the charter presentation.

chartered organization representative
A manager of Scouting in a chartered organization who also represents this organization in the local council and district.

This Scout is in charge of leading patrol songs, yells, stunts, and campfire programs. He is appointed by the patrol leader.

The key elected youth leader in the Order of the Arrow who may be a chapter chief, lodge chief, section chief, regional chief, or national chief.

Chief Scout Citizen
Theodore Roosevelt was named Chief Scout Citizen in 1910 when the Boy Scouts of America was founded. Always capitalize.

Chief Scout Executive
The top-ranking professional Scouter of the Boy Scouts of America. This is the only professional title that is routinely capitalized.

coed Venturing crews
The membership policy of a Venturing crew is determined by the organization chartering the crew. The organization may determine whether its crew is to be coed, all male, or all female. It is recommended that coed crews have male and female adult leaders.

commissioned personnel
The commissioned personnel of a council includes all professional Scouters and all commissioners.

Commissioning training
Required training for all unit-serving professional Scouters, both exempt and nonexempt. Training includes 84 e-learning modules, followed by a three-day class held in Texas that is taught using team-based learning, testing, and simulations. Training covers basic Scouting and district knowledge, sales, customer service, delegation, and building strategic work relationships.

Commitment to Safety
The BSA's emphasis on creating a safe and healthy environment for youth, volunteers, staff, and employees by:

Knowing and executing the BSA program as contained in our publications
Planning tours, activities, and events with vigilance using the tools provided
Setting the example for safe behavior and equipment use during program
Engaging and educating all participants in discussions about hazards and risks
Reporting incidents in a timely manner

The work of the National Council is conducted by volunteers working in committees with the guidance of professional Scouters. There are five groups of standing committees of the National Executive Board.

composition titles
Capitalize the principal words, including prepositions of four or more letters. The word “to” in infinitives is not capitalized. See also “capitalization.”

Italicize the following:

Titles of books, booklets, and periodicals: Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys, Eagle’s Call, Dallas Morning News

Newspapers and sections published separately: New York Times Book Review

Plays: Romeo and Juliet

Movies: Gone With the Wind

Long poems published separately:

Milton’s Paradise Lost

Operas and other long musical compositions: 

Madame Butterfly

Works of art:

Grant Wood’s American Gothic

Enclose the following titles in quotation marks:

Articles and features in periodicals and newspapers

Chapter titles inbooks

Short stories and essays

Short poems

TV and radio shows

Songs and short musical compositions

Computer games: “The Sims”

DVDs and CDs

Do not use quotation marks or italics for posters, calendars, short fliers, cards, and the like.

A section training meeting for Order of the Arrow members from a specific geographic area.

Conservation Good Turn
An opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Scout troops, and Venturing crews to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a Conservation Good Turn in their communities.

A person who has special skills, equipment, facilities, or contacts in an interest area related to the interests of Venturing crew members.

May be used to describe an official Scout group at an official Scout event.

No hyphen.

COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience)
This interactive program uses initiative games and other activities to help develop teamwork, trust, communication, leadership, self-esteem, problem solving, decision-making, and planning. In low-course activities, typically up to 6 feet above ground, participants help protect one another from injury using spotting. In high-course activities, typically conducted 6 feet or more above ground (up to 70 feet high on some courses), participants must be protected by a life safety system such as a belay system, lanyard, or collective safety system.

council employee
A full-time or part-time employee serving in a support position not classified under professional, professional- technical, or paraprofessional guidelines (i.e., administrative assistants, clerks, custodial personnel, most camp rangers, and seasonal camp employees).

council president
The elected volunteer Scouter who heads the council and chairs its executive board.

crew code and bylaws
A set of bylaws adopted by the members of a Venturing crew to guide their officers and program.

crew leader
The elected youth leader of a high-adventure base crew.

Cub Scout handshake
Used by Cub Scouts and Cub Scouters; like an ordinary handshake with the right hand except that the index and middle fingers are extended toward the other person, touching the wrist.

Cub Scout motto
Do Your Best.

Cub Scout salute
A hand salute made by Cub Scouts and Cub Scouters with the fingers of the right hand held in position as for the Cub Scout sign, except that the index and middle fingers are held together. The tips of the fingers touch the right eyebrow or the bill of the Cub Scout cap.

Cub Scout sign
A sign made by raising the right hand straight up high over the head with the palm forward. The first two fingers are wide apart and pointing up as in a V. The thumb covers the nails of the ring and little fingers. Used when repeating the Cub Scout Oath and as a signal for quiet in meetings.

Cub Scout Six Essentials
These are a first-aid kit, flashlight, filled water bottle, trail food, sun protection, and whistle.

A volunteer Scouter, 21 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to lead a Cub Scout pack.

day camp
Always lowercase. An organized, multiple-day, theme-oriented program for Tigerand their adult partners, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts that is conducted by the council/district under trained leadership at an approved site during daylight or early evening hours.

This term is used when referring to the group of Scouts who attend the annual Report to the Nation.

A neighborhood group of four to eight Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts that meets periodically, usually once a week, and is part of a Cub Scout pack.

Den Chief training
A one-day training experience conducted by the pack, district, or council to equip den chiefs with the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to perform their responsibilities.

A Cub Scout or Webelos Scout elected by his peers to help the den chief and den leader.

Follow these guidelines when referring to people with physical disabilities:

blind Describes a person with complete loss of sight. For others, use terms such as “visually impaired” or “person with low vision.”

deaf Describes a person with total hearing loss. For others, use “partial hearing loss,” “hearing impaired,” or “partially deaf.” Avoid the term “deaf mute”; do not use “deaf and dumb.”

disabled A general term used for a physical or cognitive condition that substantially limits one or more of the major daily life activities. Avoid the use of “the disabled” to describe disabled people as a group.

handicapped describing a disability or a person who is disabled.

wheelchair-user A person who uses a wheelchair for independent mobility. Do not use “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair- bound.”

Discovery Award
Second-level Venturing award.

distinguished citizen award dinner
A testimonial fundraising dinner honoring a key community leader.

Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
A recognition bestowed upon individuals who earned the Eagle Scout Award 25 or more years ago; have received extraordinary national-level recognition, fame, or demonstrated eminence within their field; and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community.

district committee
Consisting of chartered organization representatives and elected district members at large, the district committee coordinates the functions of the district to carry out the policies and objectives of the council. The executive officer of the district committee is the district chairman.

district executive
A professional Scouter who works under the direction of the local council Scout executive and acts as an advisor to the volunteer leaders in the district.

District Operations 2 training
DO2 training is by invitation only and focuses on the continued development of professional Scouters, allowing them to learn and apply new competency-based skills and improve upon individual performance for success. Part of the BSA's commitment to building a culture that encourages continuous learning.

District Operations Basic training
Scouting U offers District Operations Basic training for exempt professional Scouters. This training, taught using team-based learning and simulations, builds upon skills learned in Commissioning training and covers membership, exploring, decision-making, and technology

Do a Good Turn Daily
This is the Scout slogan.

Do Your Best
This is the Cub Scout motto.

donor-advised fund
A fund established at the National BSA Foundation that some refer to as a "charitable checking account." A donor makes a gift, setting up a DAF, and then advises how and when to distribute the funds in the future. It may benefit both Scouting and non-Scouting entities, and often involves a donor's family members as fund advisors.

Dutch oven
A heavy iron or aluminum pot used for cooking food over an open fire or coals. A traditional Scout dessert is peach cobbler baked in a Dutch oven.

Eagle Palms
These are awarded for continued leadership and skills development (merit badges) after the Eagle Scout rank has been earned.

Eagle Scout court of honor
A public ceremony that recognizes a Scout for completing all of the requirements necessary to earn the Eagle Scout Award. Always lowercase.

Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner (or Day)
An annual event in which the council or a group of councils recognizes Scouts who have earned the Eagle Scout Award during the previous year.

Eagle Scout service project
While a Life Scout, the Eagle candidate plans, develops, and gives leadership to others in a project that benefits any religious organization, school, or community. Required for the Eagle Scout rank.

Eagle Scout service project coach
An individual who has been designated by the council or the district to provide guidance to Scouts whose Eagle Scout service project proposal has been approved.

Eagle's Call
A periodical published for members of the National Eagle Scout Association. Formerly called Eagle Scout Magazine.

Do not capitalize: jamboree emblem, Trained Leader emblem, and all of the religious emblems (God and Me emblem, Alpha Omega emblem).

endowment fund
Assets that balance council needs for extra, current income and long-term financial stability and needs; may be used for general or specific purposes. Individual donors may permanently restrict their endowment gifts; funds designated to the endowment by council boards may, at most, be temporarily restricted.

Ernest F. Schmidt Scholarship Grant
The American Camping Association recognizes professional Scouters active in camping with this scholarship, which covers the fees and expenses for participation in its annual conference.

ethnic heritage
Do not use a hyphen for terms describing dual ethnic heritage: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American.

European Scout Voluntary program
Registered members of the BSA may apply to serve as staff members at a Scouting camp in Europe. Applicants apply directly to the European Scout Centers and follow their specific application process.

Applies specifically to the Scout executive and generally to all professional Scouters. Capitalize only when used with the Chief Scout Executive title.

executive officer
The head of a participating organization that has an Exploring post or club.

A member of an Exploring post or club.

Exploring club
The part of the Exploring program for sixth- through eighth-graders.

Exploring post
The part of the Exploring program for those ages 14 through 20.

Fellowship Honor
The BSA's training recognition for professional Scouters who complete advanced levels of training and contribute to the development of other employees through a fellowship thesis.

field service council
The Michigan Crossroads Council is a single council that covers the lower peninsula of Michigan. It is composed of four subcouncils called field service councils.

“Gun” and “firearm” are acceptable terms. All references to handgun should be changed to pistol. Note the following terms:

air rifle caliber gauge muzzleloader pistol revolver rifle shell shot shotgun

Founders Circle Award
Prior to 2010, this award recognized donors who made deferred gifts of $100,000 or more through a will or trust. It was replaced in 2010 by the Second Century Society.

fundraising, fundraiser
No hyphen.

gift annuity program
A program offered by the BSA at the national level where a donor makes a gift and receives guaranteed lifetime income for one or two people, based on their ages. When the income payments end, the remaining gift is distributed to the local council or Scouting entity chosen by the donor. Also known as a charitable gift annuity.

Gilwell Park
The home of Scout leader training on the edge of Epping Forest, London, England. It is also the place the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell, chose as his original training ground. Gilwell Park is an international Scout activity center and training center of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom.

goodwill fund
A budget item for every Cub Scout pack and Scout troop.

Growing Future Leaders Campaign
A fundraising initiative led by the National BSA Foundation to raise $250 million for funding both new and existing programs and facilities at the local council and national levels.

The informal name of the Scout in charge of patrol hike and camp menus and assembling food for outdoor patrol activities. He is appointed by the patrol leader.


Bear Handbook

Boy Scout Handbook

Handbook for Venturers

Lion Handbook

Sea Scout Manual

Tiger Handbook

Webelos Handbook

Wolf Handbook

The ham radio station of the World Scout Bureau headquarters in Switzerland.

health lodge
A quiet, properly equipped place in which to give temporary care to ill or injured campers.

Heroism Award

High Adventure Department
This national office department develops and administers the national high-adventure program for older Scouts and Venturers offered at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys, the Northern Tier National High Adventure Program in northern Minnesota and Canada, Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico, and the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout reserve in West Virginia.

Historic Trails Award
This award is earned by members of a Scout unit who plan and participate in a historic activity or hike a BSA-approved historic trail.

Indian Camperships
An Order of the Arrow program that provides partial summer camp fees for Scouts of American Indian lineage. Sometimes referred to as the Maury Clancy Indian Campership Fund.

International Camp Staff program
Local councils throughout the United States employ qualified Scouters from other countries to be a part of their summer camp and Cub Scout day camp programs. Local councils and applicants complete and submit applications to the International Department of the BSA national service center. Applicants are screened by their own Scout organization, the BSA national service center, and the prospective hiring council.

international commissioner
A volunteer Scouter who represents the Boy Scouts of America in matters dealing with other national Scout organizations and with the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

international representative
In cooperation with the council leadership, a nominated volunteer keeps the council membership informed of the opportunities for program enrichment in the area of international Scouting.

International Scouters Award
Presented by the Boy Scouts of America, an award that recognizes Scouters for their contributions to world Scouting.

International Spirit Award
A temporary emblem awarded to registered Scouts and Scouters who have completed the necessary requirements, have gained a greater knowledge of international Scouting, and have developed a greater appreciation and awareness of different cultures and countries. This award replaces the International Activity emblem and the Youth Exchange emblem.

Do not capitalize.

interpreter strip
A badge available to Boy Scouts who can write, translate, and speak a foreign language or can carry on a conversation in American Sign Language or Morse code.

Introduction to Leadership Skills
The first course in the youth leadership training continuum. There are versions for Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts.

A ceremony placing the responsibilities of an office or rank upon an individual.

Site of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. It is pronounced aisle-a-more- AH-dah.

jamboree emblem
A jamboree emblem may be worn by any member who is registered to attend a jamboree or who has attended a jamboree as a registered participant or staff member.

James E. West Fellowship Award
Named in honor of the first Chief Scout Executive, this award is presented to donors who give at least $1,000 in cash or securities to a local council endowment fund. The award has four levels, up to $15,000.

Kit Carson Museum
Located at Rayado, Philmont Scout Ranch, along the old Santa Fe Trail. This living history museum depicts life of the 1850s and 1860s. Open throughout the summer and early autumn.

Klondike derby
A competitive Scout event conducted by patrols to demonstrate proficiency in Scouting skills. Traditionally conducted in winter. Patrols move from station to station pulling equipment on a replica of a Klondike gold rush sled.

kwik calendar
A computerized work schedule backdating program, provided by the national service center for use by local council employees.

Leadership Challenge training course
This course, presented at select national high-adventure bases, emphasizes and puts into practice Wood Badge leadership skills.

Life Scout
The rank between Star Scout and Eagle Scout.

Lifetime Investor recognition
Two special donor recognition levels in the Second Century Society. Presented by the National BSA Foundation to donors who have given either $500,000 or $1 million to Scouting during their lifetime.

The entry-level rank for Cub Scouts who join upon entering kindergarten and are at least age 5. Lions join and register with their adult partner as a member of a Lion den.

Lion den
A group of five to eight Lions and their adult partners who are part of a Cub Scout pack.

Living Circle
A ceremony that is used occasionally as an opening or closing at a Cub Scout meeting. It reminds boys of the friendships they are making that link them together with other Cub Scouts.

A local council Order of the Arrow group chartered annually by the National Council. A large lodge may be organized into chapters.

Long Cruise arc
A red Long Cruise arc worn over the Long Cruise badge represents an additional two-week cruise. When five have been completed, the red arcs are replaced by one white arc.

Long Cruise badge
An award given to Sea Scouts of Ordinary rank who have completed a two-week cruise.

long-term camping
A camping experience consisting of five or more consecutive days and nights in the outdoors.

See "adventure loop."

major gifts

member at large
(1) Elected voting member of a council or district who is not a chartered organization representative. (2) Voting member of the National Council other than a local council representative.

merit badge counselor
A registered adult volunteer at least age 18 who is expert in a merit badge field and shares enthusiasm for that field with Scouts and who certifies that requirements have been met.

merit badge show
A demonstration of merit badge skills from booths. Spectators walk around and participate in the merit badge features that interest them.

methods of Cub Scouting
The seven methods are living the ideals (Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Cub Scout motto), belonging to a den, using advancement, involving family and home, participating in activities, wearing the uniform, and serving home and neighborhood.

methods of Scouting
The eight methods are the ideals (Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan), patrol method, outdoors, advancement, association with adults, personal growth, leadership development, and the uniform.

methods of Venturing
The seven methods are the ideals (Scout Oath, Scout Law, and Venturing motto), group identity, recognition, adult association, group activities and adventure, service, and leadership and mentoring.

my.Scouting Tools
A portal for volunteers and employees that gives access to a variety of Scouting tools based on registered position.

MyBSA is a password-protected site where BSA employees can access the membership system, numerous reports, network support, and many other resources.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)
Conducted at select high-adventure bases, this advanced training is designed to help prepare Scouts and Venturers for positions of leadership. National Youth Leadership Training is a prerequisite for this course.

National Annual Business Meeting
Always capitalize.

National Annual Meeting
Always capitalize.

National Camp Accreditation Program (NCAP)
The method used by the BSA for accrediting physical facilities, staff, programs, development, and provisions for the health and safety of camps.

National Camping School
A weeklong training experience for adults who are key staff members in council camp operations, including Management, Program, Aquatics, Climbing, COPE, Ecology/Conservation, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, and Trek Leader.

National Council
This is the corporate entity chartered by the United States Congress to operate the program of the Boy Scouts of America. Members include all elected members of the National Executive Board, members of regional executive committees, elected local council representatives, elected members at large, and elected (nonvoting) honorary members. The program of the National Council is directed by the National Executive Board and administered by the Chief Scout Executive and a staff of professional Scouters at the national service center and in other locations.

National Court of Honor
A committee of the Boy Scouts of America that is responsible for administering lifesaving awards, meritorious action awards, and distinguished service awards.

National Distribution Center
The Supply Group warehouse from which BSA equipment and supplies are dispensed. The address is 2109 Westinghouse Blvd.; P.O. Box 7143; Charlotte, NC 28241-7143.

National Eagle Scout Association
This group provides an opportunity for all Eagle Scouts to retain identification with Scouting through service to the local council in which they live.

National Leadership Seminar
A weekend leadership training conference conducted by the Order of the Arrow at the regional level.

National Leadership Training Conference (NLTC)
Held annually at a selected location for region training chairs, area training chairs, council training chairs, and selected district training chairs and subject-matter experts. This is where current and future training products to support Scouting are discussed.

National Medal for Outdoor Achievement
The highest recognition a Scout can earn for exemplary knowledge, achievement, experience, and skill in camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure. Composed of badges and a medal, this is the only award that allows a Scout to carry over progress on the award from one Scouting program to another. For example, a Scout can start working on this award and then join Venturing and continue to work on it.

national Scout association
Used to describe the national Scouting groups in any particular country. In the case of a country having more than one NSA, a federation called a national Scout organization (NSO) is formed for the purpose of national coordination and membership in the World Organization of the Scout Movement. There can only be one NSO per country, and the NSO must gain recognition from the World Scout Conference.

national service center
The administrative offices of the Boy Scouts of America. The address is Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

national vice chief
The youth Arrowman elected by his peers to assist the national chief. Lowercase except when used with a name.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
Local councils conduct this weeklong leadership training experience for youth leaders. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) are prerequisites for this course.

National Youth Leadership Training Leadership Academy
The NYLT Leadership Academy trains local council youth staff to be world-class presenters, evaluators, and leaders of their home council's NYLT courses.

New Member Coordinator
is a volunteer position that serves as a welcoming ambassador for a unit. The coordinator forms a connection with new members and their families and reports to the unit committee chair.

new-Scout patrol
A youth who joins a Scout troop becomes a member of a patrol composed of new Scouts, where an assistant Scoutmaster and a troop guide help the youth get a good start in Scouting.

new-unit organization
A systematic approach to organizing a large number of units that includes techniques for recruiting the right volunteers, careful planning and scheduling, and an effective publicity campaign.

Now & Then
A quarterly newsletter for the retired men and women of Scouting.

official Scouting activity
Consistent with the values, Charter and Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, the operations manuals, and applicable literature of the Boy Scouts of America.

open house
A special meeting held by Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews to recruit new members.

Ordeal membership
The induction phase of membership in the Order of the Arrow. A candidate becomes an Ordeal member upon completion of the Ordeal and Ordeal ceremony.

Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to…

Be clean in my outdoor manners. I will treat the outdoors as a heritage. I will take care of it for myself and others. I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.

Be careful with fire. I will prevent wildfire. I will build my fires only when and where they are permitted and appropriate. When I have finished using fire, I will make sure it is cold-out. I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.

Be considerate in the outdoors. I will treat public and private property with respect. I will follow the principles of Leave No Trace for all outdoors activities.

Be conservation-minded. I will learn about and practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy. I will urge others to do the same.

Outdoor Ethics Action Awards/Outdoor Ethics Awareness Awards
These awards are for each level of Scouting and Scouters.

outdoor skills
Skills for living in the outdoors: using shelter for protection, building fires for food preparation, knowing the skills of field sanitation, and properly using woods tools.

Outstanding Eagle Scout Award
A recognition bestowed on an individual who has earned the Eagle Scout Award and who has either performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level, or who is known nationally, but has not yet met the 25-year tenure as an Eagle Scout required for the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

overseas Scouting
Scouts overseas are serviced by the Far East, Transatlantic, and National Capital Area Councils.

Abbreviation for Programs of Religious Activities With Youth. An organization outside the BSA that administers religious emblems for youth- serving organizations. Note the periods in the abbreviation.

Pan American jamboree
The treatment of this term varies by actual jamboree year; for instance, no hyphen for the 1994 Pan American Jamboree.

Participating Organization
means all participating organizations, as on file with Learning for Life. The term shall include the participating organization, its board of directors and/or trustees, its officers and employees, in their official and individual capacity.

Pathfinder Award
Third-level Venturing award.

Philmont Scout Ranch
Western high adventure happens here for older Scouts and Venturers in almost 140,000 acres of rugged northern New Mexico. The ranch also has a center for volunteer and professional training. The address is 17 Deer Run Road, Cimarron, NM 87714. (Cimarron is pronounced sim-a-ROAN.)

Philmont Staff Association
Former and current summer and permanent staff members of Philmont Scout Ranch, and of the Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, New Mexico, are eligible for membership. Some association objectives are to promote wilderness camping and other ranch programs, suggest new programs in ranch management, and offer time and talent to local councils for promoting the ranch.

Philmont Training Center
The national volunteer training center of the BSA, located at Philmont Scout Ranch. The center hosts volunteer, professional, and BSA local council conferences.

position-specific training
The basic course of training for all unit positions where volunteers learn how to deliver the Scouting program. Sessions are specific to the program and position. Courses are available for face-to-face training in the local council or online through

post Advisor
A volunteer, 21 or older, appointed by the executive officer to lead an Exploring post. Note capitalization.

Presidents Leadership Council
Donors qualify for this recognition with gifts of at least $1 million made to or through the National BSA Foundation, designated to any area of Scouting. There are also recognition levels for $5 million and $10 million.

Professional Circle Award
The Boy Scouts of America's training award for professional Scouters who complete the basic levels of professional training.

Professional Development Levels 1, 2, and 3
Abbreviated as PD-L1, PD-L2, and PD-L3. These courses made up the basic training program for commissioned professionals prior to 2013, when they were replaced by District Operations Basic training.

professional Scouter
A registered, salaried, full-time employee who is commissioned to serve in an approved professional position in a local council or on the national staff by having successfully completed formal training District Operations Basic, (Professional Development Level 1, National Executive Institute, or National Training School), or who has been designated by the Chief Scout Executive as a member of the national management executive staff.

provisional unit
When individual Scouts or Venturers are to participate in an activity (such as a jamboree), they may be organized into temporary (provisional) troops or crews.

The highest rank in Sea Scouting, conferred with the Quartermaster Award.

regional committee
Consists of all National Council representatives (local council representatives and members at large), council presidents, and council commissioners in the region. Meets annually to elect regional officers.

regional president
The elected volunteer officer in a region who heads the regional committee and cabinet and is an ex officio member of the National Executive Board.

regional staff
Professional Scouters on the national staff who work within the regional structure. This includes the regional director, deputy regional director, assistant regional directors, and area directors.

registered member
Annually, every youth and adult who wants to join or continue membership in the Boy Scouts of America must submit a completed application form or reregister and pay an annual registration fee. Membership is a privilege, not a right.

religious emblems program
Various religious organizations have designed requirements and procedures for participants in this Scouting program to earn the religious emblem of their faith.

Religious Principle, Declaration of The Boy Scouts of America
maintains that no person can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, acknowledges the religious element in the development of youth members. However, the BSA is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious development. Its policy is that the organization or institution with which youth members are connected shall give definite attention to their religious life. Only adults willing to subscribe to this declaration of principle and the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of leadership.

Report to the Nation
The printed BSA annual Report to the Nation is presented to the president of the United States, both houses of Congress, and other government officials each February by a selected delegation of youth members and their advisers.

Report to the States
This report is developed annually on a state-by-state basis.

resident camping
For Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts, a council-organized overnight camp of at least two consecutive nights in duration that operates under council-retained leadership. For Scouts, a council-organized overnight camp of at least five consecutive nights in duration that operates under council-retained leadership. For Venturers and Sea Scouts, a council-organized overnight camp of at least three consecutive nights in duration that operates under council-retained leadership.

The term used to describe the percentage of youths who move from one phase of the Scouting program to another, such as from Cub Scouting into Scouting.

An event conducted by a roundtable commissioner and roundtable staff to help the unit leadership of a district plan and carry out their own unit programs.

An organized fall recruiting plan during which members invite others to join a Scouting unit.

Safe Swim Defense
An eight-point plan of recommended procedures for conducting group swims. The eight points are (1) qualified supervision, (2) personal health review, (3) safe area, (4) response personnel (lifeguards), (5) lookout, (6) ability groups, (7) buddy system, and (8) discipline.

Safety Afloat Guidelines
for safe unit activity afloat: (1) qualified supervision, (2) personal health review, (3) swimming ability, (4) life jackets, (5) buddy system, (6) skill proficiency, (7) planning, (8) equipment, and (9) discipline.

School Night for Scouting
A one-night event held in a neighborhood school, place of worship, community center, etc., where boys and parents gather to hear how Cub Scouting and Scouts BSA operate and how they can join.

Scout Basic Essentials
These are a pocketknife, first-aid kit, extra clothing, rain gear, water bottle, flashlight, trail food, matches and fire starters, sun protection, and map and compass.

Scout benediction
May the Great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with us until we meet again.

Scout handshake
This unique greeting is given with the left hand, the thumb separated from the fingers.

Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. (There are 12 points to the Scout Law.)

Scout motto
Be Prepared.

Scout Oath or Promise
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.

Scout reservation or camp
Land owned by or leased to the Boy Scouts of America to further the Scouting program. A Scout reservation usually has two or more camps.

Scout Sabbath
The Saturday after Feb. 8, Scouting Anniversary Day.

Scout salute
A hand salute made by Scouts and Scouters with the fingers of the right hand held in position as for the Scout sign.

Scout shop
A BSA-owned store, operated by the Supply Group, that sells official Scouting merchandise.

Scout sign
A sign made by raising the right hand palm forward, upper arm straight, and out to the side. The arm is bent at the elbow, forming a right angle. The three middle fingers are held erect and the thumb covers the nail of the little finger.

Scout slogan
Do a Good Turn Daily.

Scout Sunday
The Sunday before Feb. 8, Scouting Anniversary Day.

Scout troop.

Scout-fact survey
A survey used to find who potential youth members are and where they live.

A unit-serving tool that includes an app called Scouting and allows leaders and parents to track individual advancement progress for their Scouts online or using their cellphone.

An adult registered with the Boy Scouts of America who serves in a volunteer or professional capacity.

Scouting Anniversary Day
Feb. 8, 1910, was the day William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America.

Scouting family
When an organization is chartered to operate a Cub Scout pack, a Scout troop, and a Venturing crew, it is said to have the whole Scouting family. Other members of the Scouting family are a Sea Scouting ship and an Exploring post or club.

Scouting Heritage Society
Prior to 2010, the National Council provided stock recognition supplies to support local councils that wanted to offer their own unique, major-donor recognition. The National Council no longer provides stock recognition items and logos for this purpose.

Scouting movement
An idea started in England by Baden-Powell, based on the conviction that boys can live up to a code of conduct and can develop themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually in association with other boys through a program of appealing activities and advancement challenges under the guidance of adults. Use in historical references or when referring to the worldwide Scouting movement.

Scouting University
Formerly the Center for Professional Development. Courses for professional Scouters and professional-technical employees are taught at the Westlake campus. "Scouting U" is an acceptable reference. The mission of Scouting U is to strengthen the BSA culture; provide quality performance services and tools; and improve leadership impact on youth programs through enriching, effective, and fun learning opportunities; all fostering a continuous learning culture.

Scouting University--Westlake Campus
The Westlake campus is the primary campus for Scouting U and is located near the national service center. Courses for employees and volunteers are offered there for a variety of training needs.
Official website of the Boy Scouts of America. The website provides resources and information about Scouting for youth, parents, volunteers, alumni, and the general public.

A volunteer Scouter, 21 or older, appointed by the chartered organization to lead a

A wide area network that electronically connects all local councils, regional offices, the National Distribution Center, Scouting U, and the national service center.

A show or demonstration of Scouting activities.

Scouts with disabilities/Scouts with special needs
A program element of the Boy Scouts of America that emphasizes the involvement of youth who have visual, hearing, or other disabilities. An alternative advancement program is available for these youth members.

Sea Scout
A registered youth member of a Sea Scout ship.

Sea Scouting
Sea Scouts specialize in traditional nautical activities, e.g., sailing, motorboating, paddle sports, scuba, and maritime careers.

Second Century Society
A national recognition society for donors who give at least $25,000 outright over five years, or $100,000 or more deferred. There are four levels, up to $1 million and up. Gifts may be designated for operations, capital, or endowment. Replaced both the Founders Circle Award and the 1910 Society.

A Venturer elected to this office in the crew.

Geographical and administrative grouping of Order of the Arrow lodges.

senior patrol leader
Each troop has one senior patrol leader, a Scout elected by the Scouts to help all the patrols succeed. This youth leader may be assisted by one or more assistant senior patrol leaders.

service patrol
The name given to a patrol that has accepted an extra work assignment for the good of the troop.

service star
An insignia worn over the left shirt pocket of the uniform to denote number of years of service.

short-term camping
A camping experience consisting of one to four days and at least one night outdoors.

Silver Antelope Award
A recognition given by the National Court of Honor to a Scouter for distinguished service to youth within the region.

Silver Beaver Award
A recognition given by the National Court of Honor for distinguished service to youth within the council.

Silver Buffalo Award
A recognition given by the National Court of Honor for distinguished service to youth on the national level.

social media
The Boy Scouts of America uses a variety of social media to reach out to Scouts, Scouters, and the community at-large.

STEM Nova Awards counselor
A registered adult volunteer at least age 21 who has knowledge in STEM topics and is willing to guide youth participants in research and experiences. The counselor certifies that requirements have been met while maintaining quality and safety in the program.

STEM Scouts
This subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America is a pilot coed program aimed at exposing youth to science, technology, engineering and math through creative, hands-on activities, field trips, and interaction with STEM professionals. More information can be found at

Summit Award
The top-level award in Venturing.

Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
Located near Beckley, West Virginia, this new BSA property is a multipurpose, year-round destination for Scouting activities and adventures. It became the permanent home for the national Scout jamboree in 2013 and also features a high-adventure base, a national flagship Scout camp, and a leadership training center. The preference is to use the full name "Summit Bechtel Reserve" whenever possible. "SBR" is not acceptable as a shorter version. "The Summit" is acceptable on second reference only.

Supernova Awards
In-depth, challenging awards available to youth within Cub Scouting, Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouting; part of the STEM Nova Awards program. A Supernova mentor serves as a counselor and helps guide the youth along the way. See "STEM Nova Awards program."

Supernova mentor
An adult at least 21 years of age who has expertise in STEM topics and is willing to guide youth in significant STEM-related accomplishments while maintaining the quality and safety of the program and ensuring the requirements of the Supernova awards are met.

Supply Group
The arm of the Boy Scouts of America that supplies official uniforms, equipment, and literature to the field. Includes administrative offices located in the national office, the National Distribution Center, and Scout shops located nationwide.

swimmer classifications
All youth and adult participants in aquatics activities are designated as swimmers, beginners, or nonswimmers based on swimming ability confirmed by standardized BSA swim classification tests, which should be renewed annually.

Swimmers: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and 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

Beginners: Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and swim 25 feet on the surface. Stop, turn sharply, resume swimming and return to the starting place.

Nonswimmer: Anyone who has not completed either the beginner or swimmer tests.

(The Adventure Plan) This step-by-step planning guide for unit leaders covers all types of outdoor activities, from a simple hike to a national high adventure. It includes the four phases of planning: adventure selection, preparation, the adventure, and after the adventure. For links to many useful resources and for more information, go to

A Cub Scout who is in the first grade (or is 7 years old) and registered, with an adult partner, as a member of a Tiger Cub den.

Tiger den
A group of five to eight Lions or Tigers and their adult partners. Part of a Cub Scout pack.

total available youth (TAY)
The number of youth in an area who meet BSA membership requirements.

trading post
The camp or reservation store where equipment and supplies may be purchased by campers.

Trained Leader emblem
This emblem may be worn by all leaders, youth and adult, who have completed the Youth Protection training and the basic training course(s) appropriate to their positions. It may be worn only in connection with the emblem of office for which training has been completed. Do not italicize.

(1) A Venturer elected to be responsible for funds in the team or crew. (2) A Scout who keeps a record of patrol dues and makes up a budget for patrol outings; appointed by the patrol leader.

troop guide
A youth leader who works with Scouts in the new-Scout patrol; appointed by the Scoutmaster in consultation with the assistant Scoutmaster responsible for new Scouts.

troop rally night
A coordinated council or district membership effort using volunteers and professionals in which youth are identified through a boy-fact survey and referred to troops. The program at a troop rally night should be aimed to sell Scouting to prospective Scouts.

troop resource survey
A survey of the talents, skills, and interests of adults who could provide program assistance to the troop.

One word in all uses.

The entity that conducts Scouting for the chartered organization; it consists of registered youth members and registered adult volunteer members. A unit may be a pack, troop, team, crew, or ship. Its affairs are administered by the unit committee, which is appointed by the chartered organization.

unit leader
The adult leader of a unit is a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, or Skipper.

United States Fund for International Scouting
Within the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation, the USFIS provides the opportunity for substantial support of World Scouting by individual, business, corporate, and foundation grants. Gifts to the USFIS are deductible as charitable contributions.

universal Scout badge
A miniature Tenderfoot insignia. Often worn on civilian clothes by Scouters.

Venturing activity interest survey
An annual survey of the career and leisure interests of high school students conducted by the local council. Survey results may be available to help crews recruit new members.

Venturing Award
The first-level Venturing award.

Venturing Key 3
The Venturing officers' association president, staff Advisor, and volunteer Advisor.

Venturing motto
Lead the Adventure.

Venturing program conference
Conducted by many councils to provide program support and training to Venturing leaders. The Advisor, associate Advisors, president, and vice presidents from each crew attend.

Venturing salute
A hard salute made by Venturers with all four fingers of the right hand extended, as for a military salute.

A national gathering of Venturers that occurs every four years. Regional VenturingFest events are held every two years.

vice chair
A National Council, local council, district, or unit committee title. This term is not hyphenated.

vice president
(1) An adult volunteer elected position in a local council. (2) An elected youth position in a Venturing crew. This term is not hyphenated.

Webelos badge
The sixth rank in Cub Scouting; earned by Webelos Scouts in a Webelos den.

Webelos den
A group of Webelos Scouts who meet weekly under the supervision of a Webelos den leader.

Webelos den chief
A Scout or Venturer who has been appointed to help direct the activities of a Webelos den.

Webelos Scout overnighter
A one- or two-night campout by Webelos Scouts and their parent or guardian.

Websites, BSA entry
The official website of the Boy Scouts of America

Awards Central
Awards Central is the BSA's repository for information about official awards and recognitions. This is where the most up-to-date information about BSA-related awards may be found, including award applications and nomination forms.

Be a Scout
This website provides information about Scouting opportunities.

Boys’ Life magazine
The website of Boys’ Life magazine contains information about the current issue, games to play, projects to download, and more.

Florida National High Adventure Sea Base
The website of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base.

Marketing & Membership Hub
The hub for marketing and branding materials, including news, videos, photos, logos, campaign collateral, brand guidelines, and more.

The site where adult leaders can access confidential membership information and resources.

This site gives volunteers and leaders access and information about training opportunities, tracks training, and provides and other helpful resources

National Eagle Scout Association
This site has information about the National Eagle Scout Association, including a section for NESA members.

National Scout Jamboree
Get the latest information on national and world jamborees, upcoming or recent past.

National Scouting Museum
The official website of the National Scouting Museum

Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases
The website of the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases

Order of the Arrow
The website of the BSA’s national honor society.

Philmont Scout Ranch
The website of Philmont Scout Ranch.

Scouting Alumni & Friends
Website for alumni and others who support Scouting.

Scoutbook and Scouting app

Scouting magazine
The Scouting magazine website contains a complete archive of past editions going back to 1998.

Scouting Safely
Scouting Safely is the hub for the most current health- and safety-related information.
The BSA’s official online source for camping equipment, uniforms, handbooks, pinewood derby supplies, and other essential Scouting merchandise.

Sea Scouting
The website of the Sea Scouts program.

STEM Nova Awards program
Information about the STEM Nova Awards program.

STEM Scouts

Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve
The website of the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Youth Protection program
Information about the BSA's Youth Protection program, policies, training, and more.

Wilderness Commitment
Those who make the Wilderness Commitment follow the Outdoor Code and the Wilderness Pledge.

woods tools
Those tools, including knife, ax, and saw, used by Scouts and Scouters carrying out outdoor skills and related advancement requirements.

World Friendship Fund
The means by which Scouts and Scouters of the BSA may provide material help to Scouts and Scouting around the world.

World Organization of the Scout Movement
An international, nongovernmental organization that is composed of three principle parts: the World Scout Conference, the World Scout Committee, and the World Scout Bureau. As of Feb. 2018, 169 National Scout Organizations are members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

World Scout Committee
The executive body that represents the World Scout Conference between meetings. There are 12 committee members from 12 countries; they are elected for terms of three years.

World Scout Conference
Meeting every three years, this is the governing body of the World Organization of the Scout Movement that is composed of delegates from each of the member national Scout organizations. There can be only one national Scout organization per country. In the case of a country having more than one national Scout association, a federation is formed for the purpose of national coordination and world membership.

World Scout emblem
This emblem of the World Organization of the Scout Movement is worn by Scouts and Scouters around the world to indicate their membership. Each national Scout organization determines the manner in which the emblem is worn.

World Scout Foundation
Contributions to this foundation are invested permanently to produce regular income for the benefit of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

world Scout jamboree
The largest regular event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, held every four years in a different country. It is primarily an educational event to promote peace and understanding. See "jamboree."

World Scout Moot
An event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement every four years in a different country, for youth ages 18 through 25. The Moot gives young adults in Scouting an opportunity to gather with the objective of improving their international understanding as citizens of the world.

World Scout Parliamentary Union
An international organization that unites the National Scout Parliamentary Associations (NSPAs) that exist in almost 100 countries worldwide.

WP Society
The program set up to recognize those who make what the Boy Scouts of America calls a "transformational legacy gift" of $25 million or more. The initials "WP" were chosen in honor of the Waite Phillips family for the most significant gift given to the BSA in the 20th century, Philmont Scout Ranch.

Young American Awards
These local council awards may be given annually to young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 who have achieved excellence in the fields of science, religion, service, government, business, athletics, art, music, or literature. Recipients need not be members of the Boy Scouts of America.

youth ministry outreach
Used to describe how the Scouting program is used within a religious organization.

youth-serving executive
A Scouting professional who serves the council at the unit level. Note the use of the hyphen.

zip code

zip line (n), zip-line (v)