Scout Glossary

As with any organisation, there is a bewildering array of acronyms and abbreviations.

ABSL Assistant Beaver Scout Leader Assists the Beaver Scout Leader (BSL) run the Beavers section
ACC Assistant County Commissioner Has a specific responsibility within a District, for example training or Cubs
ACSL Assistant Cub Scout Leader Assists the Cub Scout Leader (CSL) run the Cubs section
ADC Assistant District Commissioner Has a specific responsibility within a District, for example training or Cubs
AESL Assistant Explorer Scout Leader Assists the Explorer Scout Leader (ESL) run the Explorer group
AGM Annual General Meeting Held once a year to formalise the running of the Scout group
ASL Assistant Scout Leader Assists the Scout Leader (SL) run the Scouts section
BP Baden-Powell Robert Baden Powell, later Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell, who founded the Scout Association in 1907
BP Be Prepared The Scout motto. A Scout is always ready for anything that life throws at them
BSL Beaver Scout Leader In charge of the Beavers section, assisted by ABSLs
CC County Commissioner Responsible for all the Districts and the Groups that make them up within a county. Scout counties do not always follow national county boundaries. For example, London is made up of six Scout counties.
Chief Scout Figure head of the UK Scout Association. Currently Bear Grylls who attends Scouting events across the country and promotes Scouting to new audiences.
CRB Criminal Records Bureau Predecessor to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
CSL Cub Scout Leader In charge of the Cubs section, assisted by ACSLs
DBS Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal background check for suitability of a leader to work with children, formerly called Criminal Records Bureau (CRB). All adult members of the Scout Association have to complete a DBS check.
DC District Commissioner Responsible for the groups within a District such as Southwark District
ESL Explorer Scout Leader In charge of an Explorer Group, assisted by AESLs
Executive Committe made up of leaders, helpers and parents to oversee the running of the Scout group
Gilwell Gilwell Park, home of the UK Scout Association and gifted to the UK Scout Association by Baden-Powell. Located in Chingford, North East of London.
GSL Group Scout Leader In charge of, and responsible for, all sections within a Scout Group
Motto See “Scout Motto”
NAN Nights Away Notification Form to be filled in notifying the District Commissioner (DC) that a group of children are to go on a Scout camp.
NAP Nights Away Permit Earned by a leader on completion of additional training and assessment. Qualifies them to be in charge of a camp
POR Policy, Organisation and Rules The governing rule book for the UK Scout Association
Scout Motto Be Prepared. A Scout is ready for anything life will throw at them
SL Scout Leader In charge of the Scouts section, assisted by ASLs
Wood Badge Presented to a leader that has completed their Scout training
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