Scouting FAQ

Did you wonder where to get uniforms when you started? Did you have some questions answered just by paying attention? Try the FAQ’s here for some of the basic answers.

Alphabet Soup

Scouting is a lot like other organizations that have been around for a while. Acronyms and uncommon names for common things are everywhere. Maybe this list will help with some of those you have encountered (in no particular order):

HOAC: Heart of America Council. HOAC is one of 273 regional councils. There are four councils in Kansas (HOAC in KC which is a multi-state council, Coronado Council in Salina, Jayhawk in Topeka, Quivira in Wichita and Santa Fe Trail in Garden City. HOAC is also considered a Missouri Council along with Ozark Trails in Springfield, Greater St. Louis and Pony Express in St. Joseph.) The HOAC serves more than 32,000 youth and has more than 5,300 acres of unparalleled camping facilities.

HOAC Service Center: You have probably seen the HOAC Service Center when you have been driving on 435 near Holmes Road. The HOAC Service Center is the main office for all Scouting activity in the Kansas City metro area. The Chief Scout Executive’s Office is housed there as well as the Scouting Registrar and all of the professional staff who help our volunteers administer our top notch program. The Service Center is where your Cub Master and Committee Chairman turn in their paperwork and your fees for the year and the Service Center is home to one of two Scout Shops in our Council. This is where you get your uniforms and camping gear! The folks in the Scout Shop will gladly make sure you and your son get outfitted for all your upcoming adventures…and it’s tax free.

BSA: Boy Scouts of America. The National Council is in Irvine, Texas.

JTE: Journey to Excellence. JTE is the measuring stick every Pack, Troop, Crew, Team, District, and Council use to measure their progress. BSA sets goals for our organization and JTE is the way we all report our achievement of those goals. Gold is the highest level recognition under JTE.

Mic-O-Say: The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is an honor society used by two local councils of the Boy Scouts of AmericaHeart of America Council and Pony Express Council; it is not a program of the National Council of the BSA but it is widely recognized and celebrated in our area. Mic-O-Say’s ceremonies, customs, and traditions are based on the folklore of the American Indian.

Bartle: The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, located in Osceola, Missouri, is home to over 6,600 Boy Scouts and 3,000 leaders each summer. The 4,200 acre reservation consists of three camps: Lone Star, Sawmill, and Piercing Arrow and the Osage Wilderness Trail. The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation has been a summer home to Scouting and it’s honor camping program the Tribe of Mic-O-Say since 1929

Naish: The Theodore Naish Scout Reservation located in Bonner Springs, Kansas is less attended than it’s counterpart in Missouri (Bartle) but no less important in the development of young men. Cub Scouts from across the district make Naish their home for portions of each summer and Boy Scouts find a convenient and useful camp for their activities.   Camp Naish consists of 850 acres owned by the Heart Of America Council, Boy Scouts of America, and an additional 350 acres held by the council on long-term lease from Lone Star Industries quarry and cement company, all located in Bonner Springs, KS. This land consists of several rolling hills, rising up to 400 feet above the Kaw River valley nearby. Three hills on Camp Naish rise more than 1,000 feet above sea level and are the highest in Wyandotte County.

OA: Order of the Arrow. The Order of the Arrow (OA) is most commonly known as the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A more clear definition would be that the society was created to honor scouts that best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law.

ST: Shawnee Trails District. In January of 2016 a sub unit of the HOAC was formed which encompasses all of the Shawnee Mission School District. This district has a committee and a commissioner corps tasked with building stronger units and promoting scouting to more youth.

RT: Roundtable. A monthly meeting of Scouters from the Shawnee Trails District. A place where ideas are exchanged and information is relayed about opportunities to improve Scouting. In Shawnee Trails the meeting is generally the first Thursday of every month at 7PM.

The Others: What’s a Blue and Gold? When is Pinewood Derby usually held? Can my Tiger go to summer camp?

These, and many other questions, are answered in our Events page on this site. Please take the time to take a look at the events listed for answers to your event related questions.

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