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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???

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4 minutes ago, JoeBob said:

Or is the Patrol method truly dead?

Nope.  All of those were in the original list published by BSA...

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I saw this in National's  list 

  • BSE – borough Scout executive

shouldn't it be 

  • BSE – burrowed Scout executive...as in head first? :D
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Someone recently mentioned VOA. I always thought it was Voice Of America but apparently it also has to do with the OA.

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4 hours ago, MattR said:

Someone recently mentioned VOA. I always thought it was Voice Of America but apparently it also has to do with the OA.

Actually nope.  I had to look that one up.  Venture Officers Association

Let's not forget

  • SWAG
  • SNAFU
  • PDQ

 

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DE - District Executive

DD- District Director

DFS- Director of Field Service

DA- District Associate (Basically Para-Professional DE)

SE-Scout Executive

ASE- Asst. Scout Executive 

I thought VOA was Venturing of America (nothing to do with the OA)

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On 6/17/2019 at 7:27 PM, Jameson76 said:

Actually nope.  I had to look that one up.  Venture Officers Association

Let's not forget

  • SWAG
  • SNAFU
  • PDQ

 

These are definitely used, but not always the same way by everyone.  I looked up "SWAG" in the urban dictionary only to be confused by several definitions.

Knowing what a cultured gentleman you are, I'm sure the definition you intended was:

"A slang word originating from Shakespeare's use of the word "swaggering" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

"What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, / So near the cradle of the fairy queen?"

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IOLS   Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills

BALOO    Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation 

WWend      Webelos Week End

ASM   Assistant  Scoutmaster

UC     Unfortunate Commish 

DC      Distinctive Commish

ADC   Assisting Distinctive  Commish

DDC    Deputy District Commish

RTC    Round  Table Commish

ARTC   Assistant RTC   

PPFF        Purdue Perpetual Fudge Factor   

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2 hours ago, mrkstvns said:

These are definitely used, but not always the same way by everyone.  I looked up "SWAG" in the urban dictionary only to be confused by several definitions.

Knowing what a cultured gentleman you are, I'm sure the definition you intended was:

"A slang word originating from Shakespeare's use of the word "swaggering" in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

"What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, / So near the cradle of the fairy queen?"

We use it more from an engineering perspective and it concerns a wild guess

Though we do hand out swag (stuff) on many occasions 

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On 6/17/2019 at 1:16 PM, MattR said:

Someone recently mentioned VOA. I always thought it was Voice Of America but apparently it also has to do with the OA.

Venturing Officers Association.  Not with Order of Arrow

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