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    • COR - Charter Org Representative  ECOH - Eagle Court of Honor GTA - Guide To Advancement POR - Position of Responsibility Other attempts at abbreviations BSA's ... https://www.scouting.org/resources/los/abbreviations/ US Scouting Project ... http://clipart.usscouts.org/ScoutDoc/Acronyms/abbrev.pdf  
    • For scouters in the BSA, the area where ticks are a problem is everywhere.  There is not a single state in the U.S. that does not have a native population of ticks ready to bite and spread disease.   The CDC has a web page about ticks that bite people, and which  diseases they most commonly transmit.   The page is here: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html    Most common is the Brown Dog Tick, found in every state and known to transmite Rocky Mountain Spotted fever in the southwest U.S.    The American Dog Tick is common in the east and in California.   The Blacklegged Tick is common in the east and can transmit a smorgasbord of diseases, ranging from Lyme disease to Powassan virus.   The Gulf Coast Tick is common along the Gulf Coast (no surprise there), but is also common along the Atlantic coast as far north as Maryland, and in the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas.  The Lone Star Tick is also common along the Gulf Coast and in the midwest, the rust belt states, and all states along the Atlantic Coast from Floritda to Maine.  The Rocky Mountain Tick is found from the Pacific Northwest southwards to northern Arizona and New Mexico (so you Philmont trekkers might find a few of them). They are known to transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever among other illnesses. Although the Western Blacklegged Tick is most common on the Pacific Coast, it is also common in the state of Utah. It carries Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis.  In addition to those common ticks, there are also "invasive" tick species that you might find in some locales, such as the Asian Longhorned Tick.  Stay safe!  Check yourself for ticks each day and carry a tick key, tweezers, or other gadget to remove them when found. 
    • People on these forums use 1,001 different abbreviations and acronyms. Many are common across scouting. Some are just invented on the spot and assumed to be understandable (but rarely are). BSA publishes a list of common scouting acronyms.  The list is here:
      https://www.scouting.org/resources/los/abbreviations/ As I read through the list, it is obvious that the folks compiling the list missed many, many very common acronyms.  Here's my quick and dirty list of additional acronyms.... AC - Advancement Chair
      BL - Boys Life
      BOR - Board of Review
      CC - Committee Chair
      CM - Cubmaster
      CO - Charter Organization
      EBOR - Eagle Board of Review
      G2SS - Guide to Safe Scouting
      ILST - Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
      JTE - Journey to Excellence
      LDS - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
      MB - merit badge
      MBU - Merit Badge University
      NAYLE - National Advenced Youth Leadership Experience
      NSJ - National Scout Jamboree
      OE - Outdoor Ethics
      QM - Quartermaster
      SM - Scoutmaster
      SS - Sea Scouts
      WSJ - World Scout Jamboree
      YPT - Youth Protection Training   Got more acronyms that BSA and me overlooked???
    • I agree with those that say don't beat yourself over this, @CarlosD. First of all, while the scout may have gone to the emergency room, it wasn't an emergency. The ER is where you go when you're in so much pain you can't fill out the insurance info, or you might die if left un attended. A swollen knee is not that. Urgent care would have been fine. Urgent care is also the place where broken arms are put in a cast. Would you be upset over a broken arm on a campout? For your first campout as SM, yeah, I guess. But you'll get used to it. I had a troop guide sledding with a new scout and he figured out how to hit the one rock on the whole hill. New scout broke his leg. It was so much work to get him camping I was sure he was never coming back. Well, he's still in the troop and he's growing up just fine. Second, nobody mentions how serious this cut really was. If this scout was cutting raw chicken with his knife before he stuck it in his knee then it could have been a slight scratch and he could have gotten an infection. You can't prevent all problems. In fact, most problems are an opportunity to teach. Does he really know how to clean a wound? Does he need to re learn how to use a knife? Don't beat up on the scout either. It's just a case of "hey, since all this happened, let's review a few things." You now have one of many good stories to tell. Enjoy the adventure.
    • Point well taken. Many of the adult scouters in our troop are quite weak in basic scouting skills, including first aid, while we have youth who hold Red Cross certifications, Wilderness First Aid, etc. This is particularly true with regard to water rescue skills. Our troop has exactly 1 adult with any real lifeguard experience and BSA Aquatic Supervision training, while most of the rest just have the simplistic Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense.  On the other hand, we have several scouts who have earned their Lifesaving merit badges and a couple with BSA Lifeguard and even summer job experience as a lifeguard. Those scouts are much more qualified to actually recognize an incident and respond quickly and correctly than would most of the adult scouters in the troop. Being an adult does not automatically endow one with skills and wisdom.
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