Scout Lingo

Have you been questioning all the initials, abbreviations, positions and path for advancement in scouting?
Here we will explain some of them.


Patrol Leader's Council

The patrol leaders' council (PLC) plans the yearly troop program at the annual planning conference. It then meets monthly to fine-tune the plans for the upcoming month.


Senior Patrol Leader

The senior patrol leader is responsible for the troop's overall operation. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, he takes charge of troop meetings, of the patrol leaders' council, and of all troop activities, and he does everything he can to help each patrol be successful.


Order of the Arrow

For over 100 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.

Patrol Leader

A patrol leader is an older scout who's in charge of leading a group of 6 or more scouts (called a patrol). These leaders must know each patrol member personally, and represent their patrol's interests within the troop.

Assistant Patrol Leader

The Assistant Patrol Leader is a youth member of a Scouts BSA Troop who is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence. The position of Assistant Patrol Leader does not qualify for the leadership requirements for advancement.


Quartermasters serve as the troop's supply boss. They keep an inventory of troop equipment and see that the gear is in good condition. They work with patrol quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it.


Most Scouts BSA Troops keep a library of merit badge pamphlets and other resources. The Librarian is a youth member of the troop who takes care of this troop literature. The description and requirements below are an example. Adjust them as necessary to meet the needs of your troop


Merit Badge

Merit badges are awards earned by members of the Boy Scouts of America, based on activities within the area of study by completing a list of periodically updated requirements.

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