Standard terminology

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The use of standard terminology applies across BSA programs when there exists parallel organization structures, activities and methods. In essence, separate programs use different names to mean the same thing. When appearing in handbooks and other communications, standard terms often may be substituted for the distinctive title used by each different program. For example, issued guidelines for a Roundtable meeting can be applied to a Venturing Forum or a Sea Scout Wardroom.


Relevance to BSA programs

Standard terms are particularly relevant between Venturing and Sea Scouting:

Standard Venturing terminology is used universally by the Boy Scouts of America for both Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships. This is necessary in publications and training manuals that encompass all of Venturing....All Venturing crews (including Sea Scout ships) have the option of using distinctive titles related to their specialized program.
— Sea Scout Manual, pg. 7, #33239C © 2002, 2004 Printing

In some cases of standard terminology, methods may be parallel but the aims have differences between programs -- for example the team system method used in Boy Scouting differs in aims compared to Venturing. In other cases standard terminology parallels do not apply to all four programs -- for example assistant patrol leader has no equivalencies in Venturing.

List of standard terminology

A comparison of standard terminology parallels in Boy Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouting
Unit Boy Scout troop Venturing crew Sea Scout ship
Youth member Boy Scout Venturer Sea Scout
Direct-contact adult leader Scoutmaster Advisor Skipper
Assistant adult leader Assistant scoutmaster Associate advisor Mate
Leader specific training Scoutmaster Training
Troop Committee Training
Crew Advisor Specific Training
Crew Board of Review
Crew Committee Training
Sea Scout Adult Leader Basic Training
Youth protection guidelines Youth Protection Training Youth Protection Training Youth Protection Training
Team system Patrol method Group activities Group activities
Youth leader training Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) Introduction to Leadership Skills for Ships (ILSS)
Immediate youth leader training -- -- --
Youth leader group Patrol leaders' council (PLC) Crew officers Petty officers
Annual program planning meeting Troop program planning conference Crew officers' seminar Quarterdeck meeting
Monthly program planning meeting Patrol leaders' council meeting Crew officers' seminar Quarterdeck meeting
Unit meeting plan Troop Meeting Plan Regular Crew Meeting Agenda --
Top youth leader Senior patrol leader President Boatswain
Second youth leader Assistant senior patrol leader Vice president Boatswain's mate
Youth secretary Scribe Secretary Yeoman
Youth sub-group leader Patrol leader -- Crew leader
Second sub-group leader Assistant patrol leader -- Assistant crew leader
Youth financial position Scribe Treasurer Purser
Youth equipment position Quartermaster Crew quartermaster Storekeeper
Youth new-member mentor Troop guide Crew guide --
Youth skill instructor position Instructor -- Specialist
Program scope 48 program features
36 troop program features,
27 venture patrol program features
48 program features
6 experience areas, crew specialty
19 special skills
Youth program planners Patrol leader's council (troop)
Venture patrol leader (venture patrol)
Activity chairs Crew leaders and activity chairs
Program highlight Big event Superactivity Rendezvous, regatta
Adult leader youth review Scoutmaster Conference -- --
Youth review meeting Board of review Crew review Board of review
Awards ceremony Court of honor Recognition ceremony Bridge of honor
Highest youth award Eagle Scout Summit Award,
(Silver Award retires Dec. 31,2014)
Quartermaster Award
Adult leader closing portion of meeting plan Scoutmaster's Minute -- --
Council unit leaders' meeting Roundtable Venturing Forum Wardroom
Adult unit committee Troop committee Crew committee Ship committee
Multiple units committee District District Division
Local council Council Council Squadron
Area committee Area Area Flotilla
Regional committee Region Region Fleet

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