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Scouting Glossary

Advancement - The process by which a Boy Scout meets certain requirements and earns recognition.

Arrow of Light Award - Highest rank in Cub Scouting. The only Cub Scout badge that may be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

Board of Review - A review held to determine if a Boy Scout has satisfactorily completed rank requirements.

Boy Scout - A registered youth member of a Boy Scout troop or one registered as a Lone Scout. Must have completed the fifth grade and be 11 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light Award but not yet be 18 years old. Boy Scouting furthers the development of the boy through camping, outdoor activities, skills development and advancement. The Boy Scout advances through these ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, then Eagle.

Brotherhood Membership - The second and final induction phase of membership in the Order of the Arrow.

Class A Uniform - The Class A uniform is the expected attire for all official events, unless otherwise stated. In Troop 610, the minimum uniform consists of a uniform shirt (with all patches, shirt neatly tucked in), troop neckerchief and slide. Hats, belts and pants are great, but not required. Merit Badge or Order of the Arrow sashes should be worn at formal events, such as Courts of Honor.

Class B Uniform - The Class B uniform, when permitted, is appropriate attire for more casual, physical, messy, or longer-duration activities. It consists of an official Troop 610 T-shirt.

Chartered Organization - A religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other community organization that has applied for and received a charter to operate a Scouting unit.

Court of Honor - A recognition ceremony for those who have met the requirements of any one of the Boy Scout ranks, merit badges, or other awards.

Den Chief - A Boy Scout or Varsity Scout who helps direct the activities of a Cub Scout den. A den chief serves as an assistant, helping the Den Leader with the den and providing fun and interesting things for the boys to do.

District Roundtable Meetings - The Twin Lakes District holds a monthly Roundtable meeting for all of its Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders. The purpose of Roundtable is to help units succeed by providing useful program ideas, information on policy, leadership training, and current information on upcoming Council events and training opportunities. Roundtables are where the Pack and Troop leaders find out what's going on!

Eagle Scout Award - The highest recognition for Scouts.

Firem’n Chit - A recognition given to Scouts who know and understand fire safety rules.

Merit Badge - A recognition given to a Scout for completing the requirements for the badge.

Merit Badge Counselor - A registered adult volunteer who is expert in a merit badge field, has the ability to work effectively with Scouts, and certifies that requirements are met.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - A six-day training course for youth leaders conducted at the council level.

Ordeal Membership - The induction phase of membership in the Order of the Arrow.

Order of the Arrow - Scouting’s national honor society, the members of which have been chosen by their peers for their Scouting spirit and camping ability.

Patrol - A group of five to eight boys who belong to a troop and work together in and out of troop meetings. There are usually several patrols in one troop.

Patrol Leader (PL) - The youth leader of the patrol, elected by its members.

Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) - Each patrol leader, representing his patrol, meets with the other patrol leaders and the senior patrol leader to plan their troop program. The Scoutmaster acts as an adviser.

Paul Bunyan Woodsman - A recognition given to a Scout who safely demonstrates skill with a long-handled ax.

Rank - There are seven ranks for Boy Scouts: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Scout.

Scoutmaster - The commissioned volunteer leader, 21 or older, of a Boy Scout troop; appointed by the chartered organization.

Scoutmaster Conference - A distinctive feature of the troop advancement plan in which a Scoutmaster helps a Scout accept responsibility for his own growth toward each rank.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - The elected boy leader who runs the troop meetings and the patrol leaders’ council meetings, with the guidance of the Scoutmaster.

Totin' Chip - A recognition given to Scouts who subscribe to the Outdoor Code and understand and can demonstrate the proper handling, care, and use of woods tools.

Troop - The unit that conducts Boy Scouting for the chartered organization.

Troop Committee - The committee appointed by the chartered organization to administer the affairs of the troop.

Troop Committee Chairman -- The Committee Chairman is an adult volunteer that oversees the Troop committee.