Scouting lingo

Word Description
Section How scouting is organised. A section might be of beavers, cubs or scouts.
Colony A section of beavers, to be exact, beaver scouts (6-8y). The main leader is known as the Beaver Leader (BL) and the other leaders are known as Assistant Beaver Leaders (ABL). The beavers are organised into smaller groups known as Lodges (the name is taken from the beaver animal’s home). In Bransgore Scout Group we have two colonies, one on Monday and one who meet on Thursday.
Pack A section of cubs, to be exact, cub scouts (8-10.5y). The main leader is known as the Cub Leader (CL) and the other leaders are known as Assistant Cub Leaders (ACL). The cubs are organised into smaller groups known as sixes. In Bransgore Scout Group we have one pack.
Troop A section of scouts (10.5-14y). The main leader is known as the Scout Leader (SL) and the other leaders are known as Assistant Scout Leaders (ASL). The scouts are organised into smaller groups known as patrols. In Bransgore Scout Group we have one troop.
Unit A section of explorer scouts (14-18y)
Group How sections are organised and managed. A Group will consist of colonies, packs and troops, most often just one of each. They will have an identity and often their own site. Our Group is 6th Christchurch (Bransgore) Scout Group, known as Bransgore Scout Group.
District This is a wider collection of Groups that are managed and supported, usually a geographic area. For us, its Christchurch District and covers from Blackwater to the harbour alongside the River Avon, then east to Highcliffe and north to Bransgore. The groups are part of district alongside explorer scouts, network scouts, band, gang show and a number of support functions.
GSL An acronym for Group Scout Leader. This is the manager of the Group despite the term Leader which is largely historical. They are assisted by the Executive Committee who manage the infrastructure, such as the site, compliance and the finances.
Investiture Aka enrolment. It is the ceremony when a young person or adult makes their scouting promise. They will do this each time they join a new section or take on a new adult role.
Moving up When a young person leaves one section and joins the next one for their age, for example, leaving beavers and going up to cubs. This one in particular is also known as ‘swimming up’ as there is a ceremony at their first formal cubs meeting when they ‘swim’ up the river as a beaver and climb out as a cub scout.

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