Language of Scouting

This reference is the Boy Scouts of America’s definitive resource on terms and style specific to Scouting and this organization. The Language of Scouting encompasses style, usage, grammar, and spelling norms observed by the Boy Scouts of America and used by the Marketing Group and Communication Services Department at the national office. These standards have been developed so that the BSA can disseminate resources and other information in the most professional, consistent, coherent, and uniform manner for all forms of communication—printed, electronic, and so forth.

Scouting terms are based in part on the Charter and Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America. Grammar, spelling, style, and usage decisions are based on the latest editions of the following references, in order of preference: Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Chicago Manual of Style. Turn to these references (in the given order) for further reference. However, the Language of Scouting always takes precedence.

For questions about style, usage, grammar, and spelling, feel free to call the Grammar and Writing Style Hot Line at 972-580-2334.