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Below is a glossary with terms commonly used in Scouting and their definitions.

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Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM) A uniformed adult leader age 18 or over who assists the Scoutmaster in delivering the troop program 
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) The second highest-ranking youth leader in the Troop. He is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. He helps the Senior Patrol Leader with details of his role and he also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the Troop. 
Board of Review (BoR) After a Scout has completed the requirements for any rank or Eagle Palm, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience, decide whether he is qualified to advance and, if so, encourage him to continue the quest for Eagle or the next Palm. 
Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (BCSR) Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (BCSR) offers a convenient year-round location (1-hour drive from the mid-peninsula) for outdoor activities in the redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The camp covers over 300 acres of varied terrain (three ecological zones) and borders the lush Bear Creek where salmon and steelhead spawn. BCSR also offers a 2.5 mile nature trail and a 3.5 mile historical trail describing the history of early California logging.  
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 Scouts of America (BSA) A nationwide organization founded February 8, 1910, and chartered by the U.S. Congress June 15, 1916. 
BSA Lifeguard A three-year certification awarded to Boy Scouts who meet prescribed requirements in aquatics skills. 
Bugler An appointed youth position. The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. The Bugler may use a cornet, trumpet, or a bugle to play calls. 
Camp Oljato Camp Oljato (pronounced ole-JAY-toe) is the Pacific Skyline Council summer camp located on Huntington Lake in Lakeshore, CA (Fresno County). The camp property ranges in elevation from 7,000 to just under 8,000 feet and is about 240 miles from LAUMC. Camp Oljato is accessible only by pontoon boats which run on a regular schedule during Scout camping season. Camp Oljato has complete aquatics, nature, handicrafts, and shooting sports areas which are complemented by a highly-rated dining hall and food service team. 
Chaplain Aide An approved youth leadership position for Boy Scouts. The responsibilities are to encourage spiritual awareness and growth in the lives of troop members and to assist the chaplain. The Boy Scout seeking the position of chaplain aide should have earned or be in the process of completing his religious emblems study program. It is recommended that the Boy Scout selected be at least a First Class Scout. The chaplain aide should be mature and sensitive, a Boy Scout who has earned the trust of his fellow Scouts. 
Chartered Organization A religious, civic, fraternal, educational, or other community organization that has applied for and received a charter to operate a Scouting unit. Troop 33's Chartered Organization is the Los Altos United Methodist Church. 
Chartered Organization Representative (COR) A manager of Scouting in a chartered organization who also represents the organization in the local council and district. 
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. 
Creekside The room at Los Altos United Methodist Church in which the Troop holds weekly meetings. 
Cutter Scout Reservation Cutter Scout Reservation is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo County, approximately 54 miles from Palo Alto. Cutter is about 2,200 feet in elevation and is in some of the last old-growth redwoods on the west coast. 
Den Chief A Boy Scout who helps direct the activities of a Cub Scout den. Must have the approval of the Scoutmaster. 
Eagle Scout The highest advancement rank in Scouting; around 5% of all Scouts earned Eagle Scout rank in 2011 
First Class rank The rank above Second Class and below Star in Boy Scout advancement 
First Year Program Troop 33 specific program for new Scouts to work on the Trail to First Class. Runs from March-to-March. Scouts are assigned to Patrols and taught, trained, and tested by older Scouts called "Troop Guides". Directed by an Assistant Scoutmaster assisted by several other ASMs as Patrol Advisors assigned to each patrol. 
First Year Scouts The scouts who have less than a year of scouting experience and are enrolled in the First Year Program. Also called "New Scouts" in official BSA material. 
Green Bar Scouts with "green bars" on their Position of Responsibility patch make up the "Green Bar" which is the voting Scout leadership of the Troop. This includes the SPL, ASPL's, Patrol Leaders, and Troop Guides. Green Bar Scouts attend Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings monthly to plan meetings and activities. The Scribe is invited by the Green Bar but is not a voting member. 
High Adventure Refers to National Council or local council high-adventure activities or programs for older Scouts (typically 14 or older). BSA has four "High Adventure" bases: Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida SeaBase, Northern Tier, and Summit Bechtel Reserve. 
Instructor The Troop Instructor teaches Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols 
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) A course to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. This course is for every Scout in the troop who holds a leadership position, including all elected positions and any appointed positions at the discretion of the Senior Patrol Leader It is typically conducted within a few weeks of a new leadership term. 
Jamboree A term chosen by Baden-Powell to describe the first international gathering of Scouts camping together in London in 1920. The term is restricted to indicate a national or world jamboree. 
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster serves in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability. 
Leave No Trace (LNT) Leave No Trace (aka LNT) teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program used on public lands. See for more information. 
Leave No Trace Trainer (LNT Trainer) The Leave No Trace Trainer helps minimize the troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. A Scout must be 14 or older to hold this position 
Librarian The Troop Librarian oversees the care and use of Troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists 
Life Scout rank The rank above Star and below Eagle Scout in Boy Scout advancement 
Los Altos United Methodist Church (LAUMC) The chartered organization of Troop 33. 
Main Troop All Scouts who have been in the troop for at least a year. 
Merit Badge A recognition given to a Scout for completing the requirements for the badge 
Merit Badge Midway An council sponsored event where many merit badges that are offered and that can be chosen from by participating Scouts 
National Scout Jamboree (NSJ) Scouting’s flagship event is one-of-a-kind. It’s a gathering of approximately 45,000 Scouts, leaders, and staff that showcases everything that is great about the BSA and its members. Over the course of 10 summer days, once every four years, the Boy Scouts of America comes together. The result is the National Scout Jamboree. 
National Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) A weeklong training experience conducted at Philmont Scout Ranch using the skills taught at National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). Scouts must be 14 or older and have previously attended ILST and NYLT before they can attend NAYLE. 
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) A six-day training course for youth leaders conducted at the council level. Scouts must be 13 years old, First Class or higher, and be approved by the Scoutmaster in order to attend NYLT. 
Order of the Arrow (OA) Scouting’s national honor society, the members of which have been chosen by their peers for their Scouting spirit and camping ability. 
Order of the Arrow Troop Representative The OA Troop Representative serves as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop 
Pacific Skyline Council (Pac Sky) The Pacific Skyline Council was created in 1994 from a merger of the San Mateo and Stanford Area Councils. Today, the council serves more than 8000 youth and 2500 adult volunteers in more than 250 Scouting units. The council is headed by a board of volunteers led by current Board President, Garth Pickett and covers the area of San Mateo County and the northern part of Santa Clara County, California, on the beautiful peninsula of the San Francisco Bay area. 
Patrol A group of five to eight boys who belong to a troop and work together in and out of troop meetings. 
Patrol Leader The youth leader of the patrol, elected by its members. The Patrol Leader represents his patrol at the monthly Patrol Leader's Council meetings. 
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. 
Philmont "The holy grail of Scouting," a 50 miler backpacking trip for advanced hikers 
Position of Responsibility (PoR) A role held by a Scout that helps them learn responsibility and leadership. Time in a position of responsibility is required for advancement to Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks. 
Quartermaster (QM) The Quartermaster keeps track of Troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order 
Rank There are six ranks for Boy Scouts: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Scout. 
Scoutmaster (SM) The Scoutmaster is the uniformed adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for the troop. The Scoutmaster trains boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching, and support. 
Scout Patch The first patch given to a boy when he completes the Boy Scout Joining Requirements. 
Scribe The Scribe keeps the Troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at Troop meetings 
Second Class rank The rank above Tenderfoot in Boy Scout advancement. 
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. 
SPL Position The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the Troop. He must be Star rank or higher with previous leadership training and experience 
Star rank The rank above First Class and below Life in Boy Scout advancement 
Tenderfoot rank The first rank in the Boy Scout advancement program. 
Troop 33 (T33) A Boy Scout Troop from Los Altos, CA 
Troop Guide (TG) The Troop Guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class rank in their first year. Troop Guides are appointed by the ASM in charge of the First Year Program. This is a one-year position that runs from March-to-March. 
Troop Historian The Troop Historian preserves Troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia 
Webmaster The Webmaster works with the adult Webmaster and the Scoutmasters to make sure the Troop website is updated with relevant information 
World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) The World Scout Jamboree is a Scouting jamboree of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, typically attended by several tens of thousands of Scouts from around the world, aged 14 to 17, once every four years hosted by different countries. The event brings together Boy Scouts, Venturers, leaders, and staff and provides opportunities to raise awareness of global issues, explore the environment, participate in community service, make friends from around the world, and deepen understanding of developments in science and technology. 
Zomb-o-Ree A doomsday inspired campout held at Cutter Scout Reservation. 
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