Definitions you may hear at meetings or other events:

BSA – Boy Scouts of America

Program: Camping trips, activities, courts of honor, (anything the Scouts do)

Blue Dog – What we call the ‘New Scout’ patrol.

ASM – Assistant Scout Master – Men and Women that are registered with the BSA and become a fully trained leader.

SM – Scout Master – The ring leader of the ASM’s and the ‘Program’ portion of the scouting experience.

Committee – Men and Women that are registered with the BSA and serve the Troop in the ‘nut and bolts’ operations of the scouting experience.

PV – Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch 
Tahosa – Tahosa High Adventure Base
173 County Road 96
Ward, Colorado 80481
Colorado Adventure Point
Philmont – Philmont Scout Ranch
Cimarron, NM

Scouter –  A registered adult involved with scouting.

Scouts – Any registered youth involved in the program.

Families – Anyone else supporting the scouting movement that is not registered with BSA.

Scouter in Charge – The adult leader running a trip who makes any final decisions regarding the trip.

The Shed – The troop storage unit where troop equipment is stored.

Blue Card – The merit badge ‘paper work’ required to be filled out, turned in and protected for a scout to get credit for earning merit badges.

Merit Badge – There are more than 135 merit badges to choose from. Some are required for the rank of Eagle. Merit badges are emphasized in the more advanced ranks after First Class.

Merit Badge College – Several times a year districts around the council will hold full day, classroom style, opportunities to work toward one or more merit badges.

University of Scouting – A once a year (usually in October) training opportunity for adult leaders.  Many topics are offered and is a great way to customize training/learning for a full day.

YPT – Youth Protection Training – This training is required for all registered adults and is highly recommended for all persons involved with the scouting program. This is where ‘two deep leadership’ is defined and explained.

Court of Honor – Troop 342 holds 3 courts of honor per year. This is usually a pot-luck style dinner that gives families a chance to come together, get to know each other and celebrate the accomplishments of the boys in the troop. They offer a chance for reflection on past events and is where official recognition of advancement takes place.

Board of Review – The final step before a new rank is earned by a scout. This is a sit down meeting between members of the committee and the scout. Scouting questions are asked of the scouts

Rank Advancement – One of the methods of Boy Scouts. The Scouting program has three specific objectives, commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting.” They are character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. There are 8 methods by which the aims are achieved.

Guide to advancement

Scoutmaster conference – It’s simply a visit between the Scoutmaster and a Scout. During the conference, the two can discuss the Scout’s ambitions and life purpose, set goals for future achievement (both in Scouting and beyond), review the Scout’s participation in the troop and explore his understanding and practice of the ideals of Scouting. The conference also gives the Scoutmaster an opportunity to solicit feedback on the troop program and any challenges the Scout is facing.

Patrol – a small team of normally six to eight members where Scouts learn skills together, share responsibilities and take on leadership roles.

Patrol method – As a member of a patrol, youth are afforded opportunities that are hard to find anywhere else. Unlike a sports team,  a Scout patrol carries out a wide range of tasks that require pooling resources and working together to function successfully in all kinds of circumstances.  For most young people, being in a Scout patrol will be the first time they have to rely upon themselves and other young people to follow an array of necessary steps to satisfy objectives that requires a wide range of life skills.  Like any team, a patrol will function well only as long as all the particular responsibilities pertaining to the completion of a task are carried out successfully. Because of its size, this gives every member an opportunity to participate, and this in itself results in some positive outcomes. Making a contribution to the patrol’s success provides a welcome sense of belonging, of being appreciated, and a feeling of competency resulting in self esteem. 

CouncilThe Denver Area Council (DAC), Boy Scouts of America, was established in 1913 and settled into its current location in Lakewood, Colorado, in 2009.

District – Troop 342 is a part of the Alpine District, formally Gateway District within Denver Area Council.  Alpine District serves the following school districts: Jefferson County, Gilpin County, Clear Creek County and Platte Canyon School District. It’s a big footprint from 5,000 ft to 14, 265 ft (Mt. Evans)!

Big Horn/NYLT – National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

High adventure -The BSA has four national high-adventure bases: the Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Summit Bechtel Reserve, and Philmont Scout Ranch.  These are summer camp programs for older scouts who may be seeking a bigger adventure.

Circle-up – At the beginning and the end of every meeting and events the scouts, scouters, and families will circle together to hear announcements from the Senior Patrol Leader and other scouters in reference to upcoming events.

Scout Show The annual Scout Show is our opportunity to showcase Scouting programs to potential new chartered partners and the community at-large. The Scout Show is a fun, hands-on opportunity for Scouts and families to see the “bigger picture” of Scouting.

Camporee – Camporees are held on a council or district basis.  They may be held at any time of the year.  Camporee programs may include contests and demonstrations of outdoor Scouting skills as well as campfires, games, and field events.  These activities can show Scouting at its best.

Totin’ chip – The Totin’ Chip is an award in Scouts BSA that shows a Scout understands and agrees to certain principles of using different tools with blades. It can be physically represented by a patch or a small paper card. With this, a Scout has the right to carry and use woods tools.

Fireman chit – The Firem’n Chit is a Boy Scout award and contract, in the Boy Scouts of America program, stating that a Scout may be able to use, tend, and start a fire.

Cyber Chip – Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip.

Klondike – A Klondike derby is an annual event held the district during the winter months and is based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. BSA units have been running Klondike derbies since 1949.  The event varies by district, but the typical Klondike derby consists of several stations where patrols/troops must test their Scoutcraft skills and their leadership abilities, earning points towards a total score. Often, one or more races are included while the Scouts navigate between stations. The troop must transport their gear on a homemade sled pulled by the Scouts.