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Air – The Element to represent the SpiralScouts pursuit of new knowledge, new adventures, and new skills.
Award – An embroidered patch that Scouts can sew onto their capuche or sash to show they’ve completed specific steps to earn an Award for a subject. Awards are usually earned one time during a child’s entire SpiralScouts career. Some Awards are more indepth than others, but are meant to be less in depth than Badges. Some Awards are geared toward a specific SpiralScouts age level.
Badge – An embroidered patch that Scouts can sew onto their capuche or sash to show they’ve completed specific steps to earn a Badge for a subject. Badges are usually earned in multiple meetings with requirements that differ between levels and are increasingly more difficult. They are meant to be re-earned at each SpiralScouts age level.
Ceremonial – A special ceremony to celebrate or acknowledge special events, often for Awards and Badges.
Charter – Used to refer generically to Circles or Hearths.
Charter Certificate – The document from SpiralScouts International that allows a Circle or Hearth to Operate
Circle – The standard group of children led by at least 2 leaders, usually of opposite gender.
Circle Leader – A person trained to lead a SpiralScouts Circle or Hearth, and is ultimately responsible for the Charter.
Diversity – One of the goals of SpiralScouts International is to promote acceptance and respect for the differences between people all over the world.
Dues – The amount each child pays to help support the activities of their local Circle or Hearth.
Earth – The Element to represent the SpiralScouts pursuit of prosperity, outdoor knowledge, conservation, and stewardship of the Earth.
Elements – SpiralScouts is organized around the 5 paths of the Elements to provide programming and fun for the members: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. See each element for a definition of what it stands for.
Fire – The Element to represent the SpiralScouts pursuit of creativity and imagination.
FireFly – The second program level of SpiralScouts International, consisting of children aged 6 to 9.
Fun – What members join SpiralScouts to have.
Fundraiser – An event to make money to help pay for programming costs that exceed what the individual members can afford. All SpiralScouts members are expected to participate in a program level fundraiser to support the entire program, and may also participate in local fundraisers to support special projects and events.
Hearth – The smallest unit of SpiralScouts International. This may be a single family unit consisting of at least one parent and his or her children, or a subgroup within a larger Circle.
Medical Treatment Release Forms – Forms parents must fill out in case of medical emergency so their child may receive medical care in the event of an emergency when the parent is not present.
Oath – The oath that every SpiralScout lives by.
Parent Permission Slips – Forms parents need to fill out before children can be taken from the regular meeting site for field trips.
PathFinder – The oldest level of SpiralScouts, designed for teenagers. PathFinders are eligible to serve as Junior Leaders to work with younger children in their Circle.
Pledge – The pledge PathFinders live by.
Quiet Sign – A special signal used to help calm and quiet the children when silence is important.
Program – The combination of activities, crafts, games, and projects which make up the efforts of SpiralScouts International in providing service and education to children.
Program Level – Programming designed for specific ages: RainDrops, FireFlies, SpiralScouts, and PathFinders.
Promise – The promise every FireFly tries to live by.
RainDrop – The youngest program level of SpiralScouts International, consisting of children aged 3 to 5.
Registration – The form each child, leader, or volunteer fills out and the fee paid annually with that form to become or remain an official member of SpiralScouts. This allows them access to programming materials and support.
Ritual – The specific repetitive format of a meeting, or portion of a meeting, that makes it a successful and fulfilling meeting. Rituals serve to help scouts realize that it is time to start a certain portion of the meeting, or that the meeting is over.
Spiral Up – The special Ceremonial that promotes a child to the next higher program level.
SpiralScouts – The third program level of SpiralScouts for children aged 10-13.
SpiralScouts International – The youth organization designed to meet the needs of children from many diverse backgrounds. Often referred to as SSI for brevity.
Spirit – The Element to represent the SpiralScouts pursuit of a deeper knowledge of self, community, family, and spirituality.
Support Committee – The team of adults that a leader assembles to help bring the Circle’s plans into reality through the acquisition of supplies, tickets, tour guides, transportation, and funds.
Training – The classes that leaders take to learn more ways to be a successful leader.
Tribe – A State, Province, or regional area consisting of Charters in that area. The Tribe acts as a branch office of SpiralScouts International, providing support to new charters and existing leaders, while also helping manage the paperwork and other activities required to have a successful program.
Uniform – a mode of dress to mark and identify the members and leaders of SpiralScouts, consisting of khaki pants, shorts, or skirt, a dark green shirt with SpiralScouts patch, and a neck cord. For Award Ceremonies or special activities the sash/capuche with Badges/Awards is also worn.
Vow – the vow every RainDrop tries to live by.