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

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 Scouts BSA differs in aims compared to Venturing. In other cases, standard terminology parallels do not apply to all programs -- for example assistant patrol leader has no equivalencies in Venturing.

List of standard terminology

A comparison of standard terminology parallels in Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting
Unit Scout troop Venturing crew Sea Scout ship
Youth member 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)
Youth leader group Patrol leaders' council (PLC) Crew officers Quarterdeck
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 Ship 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 (Scouts BSA) Board of review (Venturing) Bridge of review
Awards ceremony Court of honor Recognition ceremony Bridge of honor
Highest youth award Eagle Scout Summit Award,
(Silver Award retired 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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