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Webelos to Scout Transition:

In this section we have pulled together some information to help you with the transion.

Who is Troop 571

·What makes troop 571 special (see Home and our programs)

·A Parent's Guide to Webelos to Scout Transition (see below)

·Link to

Year of Transition (in development)

·Month by month details about the program

Who to Contact (See Contact Us Page)

A Parents’ Guide

Boy Scouts is a whole lot different than Cub Scouts or Webelos Scouts. The idea

of graduating from a Cub Scout pack to a Boy Scout troop may be intimidating for some

Webelos Scouts and their parents. Some Webelos may not be sure they want to cross over

into Boy Scouts because they believe it will just be more of the same thing that they did

in Cub Scouts.

The best way to make your decisions, to choose the right troop, and to get your

questions answered is to visit several troops that meet close to your home. This guide is

designed to help the Webelos Scout, his parents, and his den begin the Webelos to Scout


Below are some FAQ's to help you in the process

My son wants to be a Boy Scout, how does the transition begin?

During the fifth grade, a typical Webelos den continues to meet until February.

During this time, the Webelos will earn additional activity badges and work to complete

the Arrow of Light. A review of the requirements for the Arrow of Light will show that it

is designed to prepare a Webelos Scout to join a Boy Scout troop. The requirements for

the Arrow of Light include learning the basics about Boy Scout (Scout Oath, Scout Law,

motto, slogan, handshake, salute, and uniform differences).

The requirements also call for the entire den to visit both a troop meeting and to

participate in a troop outdoor activity. After all of the other requirements are complete,

the last Arrow of Light requirement is for the Webelos Scout and his parents to visit a

troop and meet with the Scoutmaster to complete the Boy Scout application. Remember,

the requirement is to complete the application. You don’t have to join a troop at that


How does a Webelos Scout select a troop to join?

Selecting a Boy Scout troop to join is an individual decision for each Webelos

Scout and his parents. Every troop is different in the kinds of activities they schedule and

in their personalities. Each family must choose the troop they feel will best meet their

needs. In selecting a troop, you should consider the following factors. Are the troop

activities the kind that you would enjoy? How do the Scouts interact with each other?

How do the older Scouts interact with the younger Scouts? Are there older Scouts active

in the troop? (This indicates if the troop's program is exciting and interesting for a variety

of ages.) Is the troop "boy led" or is it run by the adults? (The best answer is the troop is

"boy led".) Are you comfortable with the adult leaders in the troop? Are the adult leaders

trained, do they follow BSA policy, and do they welcome input and participation by all

parents? In practice, the decision of which troop to join usually comes down to two

factors: convenience of the weekly troop meetings (meeting night and location) and

which troop a boy's best friends are in.

A Scout does have the freedom to transfer to another troop if, for any reason, he

changes his mind after joining a troop. When comparing troops it is not too important

how large a troop is, or how many Eagle Scouts it has, or how many high-adventure trips

they go on. The measure of a successful troop is how well it meets the three aims of

Scouting: encouraging participatory citizenship, building strong moral character, and

helping boys to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In other words,

do boys leave the troop a better person than they were when they joined? There are many

excellent troops in our area. Any one of them would be a good choice. For a complete list

of troops, visit

Below are some items to consider as you visit and evaluate the troops.

Troop Overview:

Troop Focus: Most troops have established a focus or theme, like Indian folklore,

backpacking, kayaking, etc. Each troop sets its own activity calendar and decides

what to focus on.

Troop Meetings: When and where the Troop meets must fit with the overall

family calendar. Some troops meet weekly, some less often. Some events may be

mandatory, so it is important that your son’s schedule allow him to participate.

Most troops have optional meetings, which allow flexibility for homework,

sports, etc. Most troops realize that your son is involved in other actitivies.

Troop size: The number of active scouts in the troop has an impact on the

number of activities that can be offered, the level of “intimacy” of the troop, and

the potential demands on parents to lead trips.

Rank advancements: Advancements are be strongly emphasized in some troops.

Other troops focus less on rank advancements, a good environment for boys less

motivated by ranks and more interested in activities and doing.

Troop Leadership:

Troops can be run by the Scouts, by the Adult leaders or some combination thereof.

Troops that are run by Scouts develop strong leadership skills but can be

somewhat chaotic at times while the boys are learning these skills.

Adult run troops are more structured and predictable but offer less opportunity for

Scouts to learn by leading.

Areas where the leadership ownership must be determined within a troop may

include running the weekly meetings, establishing the annual calendar, organizing

outings, and conducting the rank advancement classes.

Type and Breadth of Activities Offered:

Boy Scout troops typically offer a wide range of outings; however each troop generally

develops an activity profile that reflects the level and type of activities that the Scouts in

the Troop prefer.

High Adventure: These are trips that can be physically demanding and generally

require substantial preparation. Examples include long (50 plus miles)

backpacking trips and class 4 white water rafting.

Outdoor Outings: Included here are such events as camping, shorter backpack

trips, day hikes, caving and rappelling, submarine trips.

Educational Activities: These tend to be activities that focus on the mental and

skills development rather than on physical skills. Examples are CB Radioing,

woodworking, tours of local businesses and museums.

Service Projects: All Scout troops offer some level of service projects. They can

range from Scouting for Food to Trail repair to visitations at senior centers.

Parental Participation

There are two elements to research here. Note that Scouting can provide one of the best

ways that parents can stay involved with their son and his friends as the boys reach

teenage years.

What level of involvement is expected from each family? Troops can vary from

expecting every family to be actively involved to desiring but not requiring


What parent opportunities are available within the troop? Typically the

opportunities are leadership/committee, Activity support, or general support roles

(merit badge counselor, Public Relations, quartermaster)

Social Element

Are any of your son’ friends or schoolmates involved in the Troop? It has been

found that if your son has at least one friend in the Troop he is more likely to

embrace Scouting and the Troop.

Are there adults in the Troop that you know? This may or may not be important to


When do Webelos Scouts cross over into a troop?

After the list of troops has been narrowed down a bit, it might be useful to invite

the Scoutmasters of those troops to one of your Webelos den meetings to meet the

parents and to answer questions. By the end of January, every Webelos Scout should

have a good idea of what troop they want to join and they can begin attending weekly

meetings with that troop at that time. Most Cub Scout packs have a crossover ceremony

for the graduating Webelos during the Blue and Gold in February or during the pack

meeting in March. It can be earlier if the Webelos Scouts have completed the

requirements for the Arrow of Light. Representatives from the appropriate troops

participate in the crossover ceremony to welcome the new members. Most troops present

the new members with some welcoming gift.

What is the purpose of Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to provide a program for community

organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal fitness training for


Specifically, the BSA endeavors to

develop American citizens who are

physically, mentally, and emotionally

fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as

evidenced in such qualities as initiative,

courage, and resourcefulness; have

personal values based on religious

concepts; have the desire and skills to

help others; understand the principles of

the American social, economic, and

governmental systems; are

knowledgeable about and take pride in

their American heritage and understand

our nation's role in the world; have a

keen respect for the basic rights of all

people; and are prepared to participate

in and give leadership to American


Boy Scouting, one of three

membership divisions of the BSA (the others are Cub Scouting and Venturing), is

available to boys who have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth

grade, or who are 11 through 17 years old, and subscribe to the Scout Oath and Law. The

program achieves the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal

fitness qualities among youth by focusing on a vigorous program of outdoor activities.

In 2003, the Boy Scout program membership totaled 930,325 Boy Scouts in 44,335


What are the aims and methods of Boy Scouting?

The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the

"Aims of Scouting." They are character development, citizenship training, and personal

fitness. The methods by which the aims are achieved are listed below in random order to

emphasize the equal importance of each.


The ideals of Boy Scouting are spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the

Scout motto, and the Scout slogan. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals

and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and, as he reaches for them, he has

some control over what and who he becomes.

Scout Oath

“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 Law

A Scout is . . .

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,

Friendly, Courteous, Kind

Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty

Brave, Clean, Reverent


The patrol method gives Boy Scouts an experience in group living and participating

citizenship. It places responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it.

The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in small groups where they can easily relate

to each other. These small groups determine troop activities through their elected


Outdoor Programs

Boy Scouting is designed to take place outdoors. It is in the outdoor setting that

Scouts share responsibilities and learn to live with one another. It is here that the skills

and activities practiced at troop meetings come alive with purpose. Being close to nature

helps Boy Scouts gain an appreciation for God's handiwork and humankind's place in it.

The outdoors is the laboratory for Boy Scouts to learn ecology and practice conservation

of nature's resources.


Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming

them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and

progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for

each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement

system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Personal Growth

As Boy Scouts plan their activities and progress toward their goals, they experience

personal growth. The Good Turn concept is a major part of the personal growth method

of Boy Scouting. Boys grow as they participate in community service projects and do

Good Turns for others. Probably no device is so successful in developing a basis for

personal growth as the daily Good Turn. The religious emblems program also is a large

part of the personal growth method. Frequent personal conferences with his Scoutmaster

help each Boy Scout to determine his growth toward Scouting's aims.

Leadership Development

The Boy Scout program encourages boys to learn and practice leadership skills.

Every Boy Scout has the opportunity to participate in both shared and total leadership

situations. Understanding the concepts of leadership helps a boy accept the leadership

role of others and guides him toward the citizenship aim of Scouting.

Adult Association

Boys learn from the example set by their adult leaders. Troop leadership may be male

or female, and association with adults of high character is encouraged at this stage of a

young man's development.


The uniform makes the Boy Scout troop visible as a force for good and creates a

positive youth image in the community. Boy Scouting is an action program, and wearing

the uniform is an action that shows each Boy Scout's commitment to the aims and

purposes of Scouting. The uniform gives the Boy Scout identity in a world brotherhood

of youth who believe in the same ideals. The uniform is practical attire for Boy Scout

activities and provides a way for Boy Scouts to wear the badges that show what they have


What outdoor activities can my son participate in?


Summer camp represents the highlight of the year for most Scouts. At Camp Long

Lake (about an hour northeast of Brookfield) in

Fond du Lac County, scouts learn teamwork

within their patrol and troop and seize this

opportunity to pass advancement requirements

and earn merit badges. Summer camp blends fun

programs and advancement, competitive and

noncompetitive events, and individual, patrol,

and troop activities. Camp gives leaders an

opportunity to reinforce what their Scouts have

learned throughout the year.

The troop also participates in various weekend camps, hikes and bike hikes

throughout the year.

High Adventure

From time to time Troops offer high-adventure programs that include backpacking,

canoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and kayaking, sailing,

mountaineering, and much more.

As national high-adventure bases for older Scouts, the Florida National High

Adventure Sea Base, Northern Tier National High Adventure Program (in northern

Minnesota and Canada), and Philmont Scout Ranch (in northern New Mexico) present

unique opportunities for many youths year after year. More on these later.


Scouts have always taken pride in being good stewards of the outdoors. Leave No

Trace guidelines allow them to camp, hike, and take part in outdoor-related activities that

are environmentally sound, and teach them to be considerate of other users of the out-ofdoors.


The BSA conducts a national Scout jamboree every four years and participates in

world Scout jamborees (also held at four-year intervals). Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, was the

site of the 2001 National Scout Jamboree and will be the site of the 2004 National Scout


What community service projects are required?

Members of the Boy Scouts of America have always provided service to others. It

begins with the Scout slogan "Do a good turn daily" and continues through individual

Eagle Scout leadership service projects.

Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to

Be clean in my outdoor manners,

Be careful with fire,

Be considerate in the outdoors, and

Be conservation-minded.

Who sponsors Boy Scout Troops?

All troops are "owned" by a chartered organization, which has goals compatible with

those of the Boy Scouts of America. Each chartered organization chooses a chartered

organization representative and troop committee, and selects a Scoutmaster and assistant

Scoutmasters. Together, they implement the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of

Scouting. Chartered organizations can include schools, places of worship, parent groups,

PTO/PTA groups and businesses. Regardless of who the chartering organization is,

membership is open to boys of all religions and ethnic backgrounds.

How does my son join?

First, of course, is your son's interest and desire to become a Boy Scout. Hopefully,

he has visited several Troops in the area, is interested in Scouting, and has decided on the

Troop that offers the program that he is most interested in.

The logistics are fairly easy. Get a New Scout Application Form from the

Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster, fill it out, and turn it in with the dues and other

fees the Troop may require.

My son has a disability. Will he be able to join?

Yes. The basic premise of Scouting for youth with special needs is that every boy

wants to participate fully and be respected like every other member of the Troop. While

there are, by necessity, troops composed exclusively of Scouts with disabilities,

experience has shown that Scouting usually succeeds best when every boy is part of a

patrol in a regular Troop.

Scouts with physical or mental disabilities may advance through Scouting’s ranks by

meeting advancement guidelines or approved alternatives.

A council advancement committee may allow a Scout to complete alternative

requirements tailored to his ability. Scouts with permanent mental disabilities may

request extended membership beyond age 18.

How much are dues?

The dues amount will be determined annually by each Troop’s Troop Committee.

Dues cover the items listed:

Yearly Registration

Boy’s Life Magazine

Troop Insurance

Advancement patches and awards

In addition, dues and fundraisers defray other necessary Troop expenses such as:

Camping Equipment

Special Ceremonies

Training Printing


Special Awards

How do Boy Scout meetings work?

Scouting is a boy-lead activity. That is probably the biggest difference you will see

between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Senior Scout leadership is composed of the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) plus at least

one Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL). These Scouts are responsible for planning

and running our meetings.

Typically, the ASPLs are responsible for managing the meeting plan for a month,

with the support of the SPL, the Scoutmaster, the Assistant Scoutmasters, and other

supporting adults (by the way, troops would really like to get new Scout parents involved

in this process - ask what you can do). The Scout leadership is also supported by the

Patrol Leaders.

Parents are encouraged, but not required, to stay around for meetings. You should

check with the troop to see what it’s policies are.

During a typical meeting, the following activities will occur:

Opening flag ceremony

Meeting organizational announcements

Merit badge and general advancement activities

Campout planning (if necessary; it also may be held after the meeting).

Recognition of any advancement earned that evening

General announcements

Closing flag ceremony

What type of equipment should we get?

All of the Uniform and Book items are available at the Council Scout Shops. Some

items will vary by troop – check with your troop before purchasing.


Khaki Scout shirt (we recommend the short-sleeve) - comes with U.S. Flag sewn

on. Buy it large enough to last at least a couple of years. If your son is a Webelos

Scout, the khaki shirt he’s wearing now can be used until he outgrows it.

Troop numerals

Council shoulder patch

World Scout Crest (small purple circular patch)

Red epaulets

Some troops require a neckerchief.

Some troops require the boys to buy uniform shorts/pants too.

You also should consider buying Scout socks, belt and hat.


A Boy Scout Handbook. It is a good idea to buy a cover, either plastic or cloth.

Boy Scout Requirement book (optional)

Camping Equipment (not needed immediately, but eventually. Check with your troop

for details.):

Pocket knife (must pass Totem Chip before using this knife at a Scout function)

Sleeping bag

Ground pad (foam, Thermorest-type, cot, etc.)


Water bottle or canteen

Personal mess kit (although the Scout Shop has BSA mess kits, other types found

at sporting goods stores are adequate).

Compass (get the type with a clear, rectangular plastic base)

Rain gear

Troop t-shirts for day wear at camp (this is known as a Class B uniform shirt).

The troop sells these in late spring each year.

How does the BSA prevent child abuse in Scouting?

The Boy Scouts of America has adopted a number of policies aimed at eliminating

opportunities for abuse within the Scouting program. These policies focus on leadership

selection and on placing barriers to abuse within the program


The Boy Scouts of America takes great pride in the quality of our adult leadership.

Being a leader in the BSA is a privilege, not a right. The quality of the program and the

safety of our youth members call for high-quality adult leaders. We work closely with our

chartered organizations to help recruit the best possible leaders for their units.

The adult application requests background information that should be checked by the

unit committee or the chartered organization before accepting an applicant for unit

leadership. While no current screening techniques exist that can identify every potential

child molester, we can reduce the risk of accepting a child molester by learning all we

can about an applicant for a leadership position--his or her experience with children, why

he or she wants to be a Scout leader, and what discipline techniques he or she would use.

. Every troop is required to have leaders who have been trained in youth protection.

More information is available at

Barriers to Abuse Within Scouting

The BSA has adopted the following policies to provide additional security for our

members. These policies are primarily for the protection of our youth members; however,

they also serve to protect our adult leaders from false accusations of abuse.

Two-deep leadership. Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and a

parent of a participant, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required

on all trips and outings. The chartered organization is responsible for ensuring

that sufficient leadership is provided for all activities.

No one-on-one contact. One-on-one contact between adults and youth members

is not permitted. In situations that require personal conferences, such as a

Scoutmaster's conference, the meeting is to be conducted in view of other adults

and youths.

Respect of privacy. Adult leaders must respect the privacy of youth members in

situations such as changing clothes and taking showers at camp, and intrude only

to the extent that health and safety require. Adults must protect their own privacy

in similar situations.

Separate accommodations. When camping, no youth is permitted to sleep in the

tent of an adult other than his own parent or guardian. Councils are strongly

encouraged to have separate shower and latrine facilities for females. When

separate facilities are not available, separate times for male and female use should

be scheduled and posted for showers.

Proper preparation for high-adventure activities. Activities with elements of

risk should never be undertaken without proper preparation, equipment, clothing,

supervision, and safety measures.

No secret organizations. The Boy Scouts of America does not recognize any

secret organizations as part of its program. All aspects of the Scouting program

are open to observation by parents and leaders.

Appropriate attire. Proper clothing for activities is required. For example,

skinny-dipping is not appropriate as part of Scouting.

Constructive discipline. Discipline used in Scouting should be constructive and

reflect Scouting's values. Corporal punishment is never permitted.

Hazing prohibited. Physical hazing and initiations are prohibited and may not be

included as part of any Scouting activity.

Junior leader training and supervision. Adult leaders must monitor and guide

the leadership techniques used by junior leaders and ensure that BSA policies are


How can parents help protect their children?

Parents participate in the protection of their children in a variety of ways. We have

already mentioned the need for open lines of communication so that children are

encouraged to bring any troubles to their parents for advice and counsel. In addition,

parents need to be involved in their sons' Scouting activities. All parents receive

important information concerning the Scouting program as part of their sons' membership

applications. This information is provided so that parents can detect any deviations from

the BSA's approved program. If any deviations are noted, parents should call these to the

attention of the chartered organization or the unit committee. If the problems persist,

parents should contact the local council for assistance.

Parents also need to review the booklet, How to Protect Your Children from Child

Abuse and Drug Abuse: A Parent's Guide, inserted in every Boy Scout and Cub Scout

handbook. The information in this booklet should be the subject of discussions between

Scouts and their parents prior to joining a troop or receiving the Bobcat badge.

How does my son advance in rank?

Rank requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class are signed off

in the Scout Handbook. Most of the information needed to pass these rank requirements

can be found in the handbook. Taking the time to read and study a subject thoroughly is

important and expected. When a Scout satisfactorily demonstrates that he has a complete

knowledge of a skill or requirement, the requirement may to be signed off in the

handbook by a troop leader.

A Scout is expected to perform service work for advancement as well.

Scouts must appear before a Board of Review as a final step for rank advancement.

Rank advancement is recognized at a formal ceremony called a Court of Honor. It is

meant to be a solemn occasion focusing on each Scout’s growth and achievements. All

Scouts are expected to wear their full Class A uniforms, including merit badge sashes.

Parents/guardians are expected to attend each Court of Honor and will be asked to join

their son in front of the Troop when he receives his patch and recognition for rank


How does my son earn merit badges?

Merit badges are required for rank advancement from First Class to Eagle. There are

more than 100 merit badges in the Scouting program and they offer Scouts an opportunity

to explore areas in which they may not have engaged otherwise. A list of merit badges

can be found in the Scout Handbook. There are merit badges for many areas of interest,

such as sports, hobbies, careers and Scouting skills. Through merit badges a Scout learns

to manage himself, his home, his health and others.

(This Guide was created by the Potawatomi Area Council, and is used by

permission. It was edited for the Longs Peak Council.)

Glossary of some common Scout terms

As in any organization, acronyms and unfamiliar

terms are often used that can be confusing. Does

your son return from a scouting activity and

seem to be speaking a foreign language? Do you

note some strange words on a flyer or calendar?

This glossary is an effort to help define some of

the more frequently used terms. If someone uses

a term you are not familiar with simply ask them

to explain it (we too all had to learn it some

where), or sneak a glance at this glossary if your

bashful about asking.

Adult Patrol : When the troop goes camping, all

of the adults form their own patrol for meal

planning, shopping, cooking, eating, and

sleeping. The adults try and set a good example

of how a patrol should operate.

Annual Planning Meeting : The PLC (see

below) meets to plan the next years activities

with the guidance of the Scoutmaster. This plan

is then present to the Troop Committee (see

below) for approval to make sure the plan meets

BSA guidelines and that necessary resources can

be provided. This normally occurs in the spring

to plan the next school years activities.

APL - Asst. Patrol Leader : See Patrol Leader


ASM - Asst. Scoutmaster : See Scoutmaster


ASPL - Asst. Senior Patrol Leader : See

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). Troops often have

more than one ASPL

Baden-Powell: Lord Baden-Powell was the

founder of the scouting movement.

Be Prepared: The motto of Boy Scouting.

Blue Card: In order to work with a Merit Badge

Counselor the scout must first obtain a Blue Card

from the Scoutmaster. Blue Cards are the record

of Merit Badge progress and are turned in to

receive the Merit Badge after all the

requirements have been met and the counselor

has signed off the card. The scout should keep

his copy of the blue card until after he has

reached the Rank of Eagle. The plastic baseball

trading card holders work well for storing

completed Blue Cards.

Board of Review - BOR : As a requirement for

each rank advancement a scout must appear

individually before a group of three to six adults

(members of Troop Committee) to ensure that

the scout has met the requirements for that rank.

By policy the Scoutmaster and Assistant

Scoutmasters cannot sit on a BOR. A Board of

Review takes place after a Scoutmaster

Conference (see below) for Rank Advancement,

or when a Scout requests it or if the Troop

Committee feels the Scout needs it. Eagle boards

are conducted at the district level.

Boy Scout Ranks (in order of increasing rank)


Second Class

First Class




Eagle Palms: Bronze, Gold, Silver

Bridging: A ceremony where Webelos Cub

Scouts cross a ceremonial bridge to signify their

transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. This

is normally done at a Cub Scout Pack Meeting

with Boy Scouts from the Webelos' new troop

participating. This is NOT a graduation

ceremony from Cub Scouts, it is rather an

induction ceremony into Boy Scouts.

BSA Lifeguard: A 3-year certification awarded

to scouts or scouters who meet prescribed

requirements in aquatic skills.

Buddy System: When ever a scout needs to go

somewhere at camp, hiking, Merit Badge Class,

etc. it is always done in groups of at least two. A

scout always takes a "buddy" scout with him.

Also used as part of the "Safe Swim Defense"


Camporee: Campout attended by several troops

within the district.. Usually there are various

competitions between the patrols attending.

Chaplain: Adult member of the Troop

Committee who provides guidance to scouts

related to observance of the 12th point of the

Scout Law - A Scout is Reverent. This adult

works with the Chaplain Aide, a youth leader.

Charter Organization: The organization that is

officially chartered by the Boy Scouts of

America to carry out the scouting program. The

main liaison between the charter organization

and the troop is the Chartered Organization

Representative (COR). Your COR could be a

church, school, PTA/PTO, civic club or a


Class A or B Uniform: Different types of

activities require different uniforms. Class A is a

complete uniform, Class B is a scout polo shirt

or T-shirt often worn for camp or for other


Commissioner: Adult volunteers working at the

district or council level. Unit commissioners are

assigned to units and should be a friendly

resource to the unit leaders.

Committee Chairperson: A registered adult

appointed by the Chartered Organization to chair

the Troop Committee. This person presides at

Troop Committee meetings and works closely

with the Chartered Organization Representative

(COR) and Scoutmaster (SM) to ensure the

scouting program meets BSA guidelines.

COPE: Challenging Outdoor Personal

Experience. (Boy Scout activity involving

heights, trust and team building).

COR: Chartered Organization Representative -

A person assigned by the chartering organization

to be the liaison between the troop and the

charter organization.

Council: A group of Districts make up a


Court of Honor – COH: An awards ceremony,

usually held quarterly, at which scouts are

recognized for their rank advancements, merit

badges earned, and other awards.

Cracker Barrel: A scout term for a social

gathering with refreshments after a meeting or

activity. Often an evening activity at camp

before taps.

Den Chief : A Boy Scout who helps a Den

Leader direct the activities of a Cub Scout den.

District: A subdivision of a council. The Longs

Peak Council has six districts: Arapahoe,

Centennial, Cheyenne, Great Plains, Snowy

Range, and Thompson-Poudre.

Dutch Oven: A large cast iron covered pot used

to bake and cook in over a wood or charcoal fire.

Fast Start Training: This online training is a

quick orientation for new leaders. See

Firem'n Chit: A certification given to Scouts

who know and understand fire safety rules.

Friends of Scouting (FOS) : Friends of

Scouting - annual fund raiser for the council. The

council does not get any share of your

registration fee and is grateful for your donation.

Good Turn: "Do a Good Turn Daily" is the

scout slogan. A good turn is something you do

without being asked or expected to do it and for

which you expect no reward.

Guide to Safe Scouting: This booklet is the

Bible when it comes to safety related issues in

scouting. Those items in BOLD print are rules

that MUST be followed. Everything else in the

booklet are recommendations that should be

followed. Troop leaders frequently consult this

to see if planned activities are being done safely

and within prescribed BSA policy.

Jamboree: Scout meeting or camp out on a

grand scale. There are district, regional, national

and international jamborees.

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) : Scouting and

ham radio join forces to make many international

contacts through the "air" waves. Traditionally

the 3rd weekend in October.

JASM - Junior Asst. Scoutmaster: A youth

between 16 and 18 who has already held major

leadership positions within the troop. Appointed

by the Scoutmaster to help in guiding the troop

and youth leaders.

Junior Leader Training (JLT): A training class

taught by the senior youth leaders for newly

elected and appointed youth leaders generally in

the fall.

Klondike Derby: A winter/snow oriented

camporee. Overnight camping experience in the

snow with team building games and activities.

Leadership: To advance in the more senior

ranks a scout must hold a leadership position for

a set period of time. The rank requirements in the

Boy Scout Handbook (as revised) lists the

leadership positions that qualify.

Leave No Trace (LNT) : A set of guidelines

that set standards for outdoor activities that are

environmentally sound and considerate to others

using the same area.

Merit Badge Sash: As scouts earn Merit Badges

they are sewn on a Merit Badge Sash (available

at the Scout Shop). The Merit Badge Sash is

normally worn only for formal occasions such as

a Court-of-Honor.

NESA: National Eagle Scout Association. Open

to membership to any youth or adult who

attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

New Leader Essentials (NLE: An introductory

training session that highlights the values, aims,

history, funding, and methods of Scouting.

Northern Tier High Adventure Base: Northern

Tier is a Boy Scout High Adventure Base which

is focused on canoeing in the Boundary Waters

area of Minnesota and Canada.

Order of the Arrow (OA): A national

brotherhood of scout honor campers of the Boy

Scouts of America. Members are elected by their

peers after meeting basic requirements of

camping knowledge and experience. Boys and

adults leaders can be elected to the OA. The OA

motto of "Cheerful Service" indicates their

purpose. They are often found improving scout

camps, running council events, and providing

service to the scouting community.

OA Ordeal: The initiation ceremony experience

for new OA members generally involving

personal introspection, service to improve camp

or trail and ceremonies based on Indian legend or


Palms, Eagle: After a scout reaches the rank of

Eagle, they can earn a Palm for every 5

additional Merit Badges they complete. You may

wear only the proper combination of Palms for

the number of merit badges you earned beyond

the 21 required for the rank of Eagle. The Bronze

Palm represents five merit badges, the Gold

Palm 10, and the Silver Palm 15. For example a

scout with 20 additional Merit Badges would

wear a Silver and a Bronze Palm.

Patrol: The Patrol is the basic unit within a

troop. Made up of 6-10 scouts who camp, cook

and eat together. They work as a team at various

activities and events. They elect their own leader.

Patrol Equipment: The Patrol Equipment

consists of tents, stoves, lanterns, and cooking

equipment. The Patrol is responsible for the

storage and upkeep of this equipment. This

equipment is stored and transported in Patrol

Boxes which need to be cleaned after each


Patrol Leader (PL) : The elected leader for the

patrol. An Assistant Patrol Leader can be elected

or appointed by the PL to help in running the


Patrol Leaders Council (PLC): Made up of the

youth leadership of the troop. They meet once a

month to plan the following month’s activities

and annually to plan the upcoming year.

Permission Slip: In order to go on any outing

the scout must have a Permission Slip signed by

his parent. The Permission Slip also provides

details about uniform, departure time, food, etc.

Many troops post Permission Slips on their web

sites. It is the Scout’s responsibility to make sure

they have the appropriate Permission Slip signed

and turned in by the due date noted on the

Permission Slip.

PFD: Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

otherwise known as a life vest. Those used in

scouting must be U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Philmont: A high adventure Boy Scout camp

located in the northeast corner of New Mexico.

Pow Wow: Pow Wow is a one-day training

program for Cub Scout leaders held each

November. Pow Wow provides training beyond

basics with a wide variety of topics including

ceremonies, games, songs, crafts, advancement

ideas, Scout skills and much more.

Re-charter: Annual process of re-registering the

troop, scouts and scouters. Each unit designates

leaders to collect the information and present

updated paperwork to the council.

Roundtable: Monthly meeting for leaders to

exchange ideas, fellowship, and, a few

announcements that is run by the district.

Safe Swim Defense: A eight-step plan for

conducting swimming activities in a safe


Safety Afloat: Guidelines for safe troop

activities utilizing water craft.

Safety Circle: A safety zone around someone

using a pocket knife, hatchet, ax, or other sharp

tool. Basically it is an arms length plus the length

of the tool in all directions. No one should be in

another person’s Safety Circle when a sharp tool

is in use. Be sure to check the Safety Circle when

your knife is closed.

Scouter: Any registered adult leader.

Scoutmaster (SM): Adult leader who trains and

guides the youth leaders in carrying out the

scouting program. One or more Assistant

Scoutmasters (ASM) help the Scoutmaster and

are often assigned specific roles and duties.

Scoutmaster Conference: A formal meeting

that takes place at a Troop meeting or activity

between a Scout and the Scoutmaster, or a

person he designates, to review a scout’s

progress. A Scoutmaster Conference takes place

at advancement time prior to a Board of Review,

when a Scout requests it or if the Scoutmaster

feels the Scout needs it.

Scoutmaster-Specific Training : The basic

Adult Leader Training. Although this is

sometimes called Scoutmaster Fundamentals,

this is an excellent training program for any adult

wanting to become more involved in the Boy

Scout program, or who just wants to learn more

about how the program works.

Scouting for Food: National Good Turn: Every

year, Scouts collect food for the fight against

hunger. The food is turned over to local food

banks for distribution to needy families.

Scouting for Food is a national “Good Turn” of

the Boy Scouts of America.

Scout-O-Rama: Large scouting event. Cub

Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops display some

of their favorite activities. The scouts help out

their units and also get time to visit other units


Scouts Own: Non-denominational religious

observance of reflection usually conducted on

camp outs. Allows each Scout the opportunity to

obey the twelfth point of the Scout Law in his

own way Let your troop leaders know if you do

not want your son to participate in this activity,

as we wish to respect every family's religious


Scout Spirit: The way a scout tries to live up to

the Scout Oath, Law, Slogan, and motto in his

everyday life.

Seabase: A high adventure Scout camp located

in the Florida Keys.

Service Star: A pin worn over the left shirt

pocket of the uniform to denote the number of

years of service.

Silver Beaver: A recognition given by the

National Court of Honor for distinguished

service to youth within the council.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) : The senior most

elected youth leader of the troop. The SPL is in

charge of the troop at all functions and activities.

He appoints one or more assistants (ASPL) to

help him in running the troop.

Totin' Chip: A certification that enables the

bearer to use knives, axes, and saws. It must be

earned by the Scout through educational and

hands-on safety sessions led by an adult leader or

older scout appointed by the scoutmaster. Any

time a Scout is observed doing something unsafe

with a sharp tool, a corner is cut off his Totin'

Chip card. When all four corners are gone, the

card is taken away and must be re-earned.

Tour Permit: A document that must be filed

with the council office before any official

scouting activity can take place. Special permits

are required for travel out-of-state, over 500

miles, or for flying activities.

Troop Committee: Adult committee of

registered adults that provide oversight,

assistance, and guidance to the Scoutmaster in

carrying out the scouting program within the

troop. The Troop Committee is responsible to

provide the necessary resources requested by the

PLC and Scoutmaster that are required to carry

out the scouting program. All registered adults

are part of the Troop Committee, key members

include the Committee Chair, Treasurer,

Secretary, Outdoor/Activities Coordinator,

Advancement Coordinator, Membership

Coordinator, Equipment Coordinator, and Fund

Raising Coordinator.

Two Deep: Two Deep Leadership is a Boy Scout

Policy. A minimum of two adults must always

be present with any youth. One of these adults

must be 21 years old. This is part of the BSA

Youth Protection Guidelines.

Woodbadge: Advanced Training for Boy Scout

adult leaders. Any adult who has taken Basic

Leader Training can attend this advanced

training course to expand their knowledge of the

scouting program and be of more help to the


Youth Protection Training: A 30-minute

interactive video presentation and training

program that is offered several times a year.

Each unit should encourage all leaders to attend

one of these sessions that provide valuable

information on how to recognize child abuse,

how to set up safe guards, and how to report

suspected abuse. The training can also be done

online through the link on this page: