All organisations are full of jargon and acronyms, Scouting is no exception, here are a few terms in no particular orded that you may come across:


WFIS - World Federation of Independent Scouts


WOSM - World Organisation of Scout Movements


BPSM - Baden-Powell Scouts Malta


B.-P. - Roberts Louis Stevenson Smyth Baden-Powell (our founder)


"The Game" - In reference to Scouting's informal teaching methods, a subject is taught then reinforced through the use of games. B.-P. himself used this method to train soldiers under his command.  Scouting is sometimes referred to as "The Game".


Scouter - An adult leader, sometimes just referred to as a leader


Commissioner - A Scouter who has a senior Scouting role


RSL - Rover Scout Leader


ARSL - Assistant Rover Scout Leader


SSL - Senior Scout Leader


ASSL - Assistant Senior Scout Leader


SL - Scout Leader


ASL - Assistant Scout Leader


CSL - Cub Scout Leader


ACSL - Assistant Cub Scout Leader


BSL - Beaver Scout Leader


ABSL - Assistant Beaver Scout Leader


GSL - Group Scout Leader(a Scouting manager who oversees a Group - see below)


Skip or Skipper - A Scout Leader's nickname


Akela - Cub Scout Leader


DYB DYB DYB - a very old (and famous) Scouting phrase meaning "Do Your Best"


DOB DOB DOB - the reply to DYB DYB DYB meaning "Do Our Best"


Patrol - sub division of a Scout troop usually numbering 6 Scouts but can be more or less dependent on numbers


PL - Patrol leader (Scout who is in charge of a patrol)


APL - Assistant Patrol Leader (self explanatory)


SPL - Senior Patrol Leader (a very senior Scout who oversees all the PL's)


Young leader - Normally a Senior Scout who takes on additional leadership responsibilities within a troop, pack or colony


Six - the Cub's equivalent of a Patrol


Sixer - Cub who is in charge of a six


Second or Seconder - A sixer's assistant


Group - a Scouting unit made up of multiple Sections, overseen by the GSL


Sections - sub division of a Scout Group, see below for details of each section


Beaver Scouts or Beavers- the most junior section of Scouting, ages 5 - 7.5, often referred to as a "colony"


Wolf Cubs or Cubs- the follow on from Beavers, ages 7.5 - 10.5, often referred to as a "pack" (as in wolf pack)


Scouts - the follow on from Cubs, ages 10.5 - 15, often referred to as a "troop" or "crew" (if Sea Scouts)


Senior Scouts - the follow on from Scouts, ages 15 - 18


Rover Scouts - the follow on and final section in Scouting, ages 18 - 25