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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Hispanic Emphasis History

  • 1927 - BSA Concilio de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Council of the Boy Scouts of America founded
  • 2000 - Hispanic Emphasis campaign, launched in the summer of 2000.
    • 2001 - ¡Scouting Vale La Pena!, by Bill Sloan, Scouting magazine, September 2001 - A BSA pilot marketing campaign in South Texas
  • 2000-2001 - Published close to 100 Spanish-language brochures, booklets, fliers, posters, training manuals, and videos,
  • 2009
  • 2021 - New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training for volunteers (August 2021)

Cub Scouting program

Scouts BSA program


Some Scouting program languages

  • Canada: English (Canadian English, en-CA), Français (Canadian French, fr-CA)
  • United Kingdom: English (British English, en-UK)
  • United States: English (American English, en-US), español (Broadcast Spanish)


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Population language use information and data

Languages spoken

Quoted language use information is from The World Fact Book.
published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.


  • Canada
    Population: 37,943,231 (July 2021 est.)

English (official) 58.7%, French (official) 22%, Punjabi 1.4%, Italian 1.3%, Spanish 1.3%, German 1.3%, Cantonese 1.2%, Tagalog 1.2%, Arabic 1.1%, other 10.5% (2011 est.)

Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016:

Scouting website: Scouts Canada, https://www.scouts.ca/


  • Haiti
    Population: 11,198,240 (July 2021 est.)

French (official), Creole (official)

Scouting organization: Association Nationale des Scouts d’Haïti (ANSH), or Asosyasyon nasyonal eskout dayiti

Scouting website: http://www.scoutsdhaiti.org/ - link not secure

United Kingdom


note: the following are recognized regional languages: Scots (about 30% of the population of Scotland), Scottish Gaelic (about 60,000 speakers in Scotland), Welsh (about 20% of the population of Wales), Irish (about 10% of the population of Northern Ireland), Cornish (some 2,000 to 3,000 people in Cornwall) (2012 est.)

UK Office for National Statistics:

Scouting website: Scouts, https://www.scouts.org.uk/

United States of America

English only 78.2%, Spanish 13.4%, Chinese 1.1%, other 7.3% (2017 est.)

note: data represent the language spoken at home; the US has no official national language, but English has acquired official status in 32 of the 50 states; Hawaiian is an official language in the state of Hawaii, and 20 indigenous languages are official in Alaska

Scouting website: Boy Scouts of America ® | Prepared. For Life.™ (scouting.org)

  • Guam
    Population: 168,801 (July 2021 est.)

English 43.6%, Filipino 21.2%, Chamorro 17.8%, other Pacific island languages 10%, Asian languages 6.3%, other 1.1% (2010 est.)

Editor’s note: Filipino is an official standardized language of the Philippines based on Tagalog. Chamorro is a native language of the Marianas which includes Guam.

BSA Council: Aloha Council - CHamoru District, Guam

  • Puerto Rico
    Population: 3,142,779 (July 2021 est.) Ethic groups note: 99% of the population is Latino

Spanish, English

BSA Council: BSA Concilio de Puerto Rico (scoutingpr.org)

English 71.6%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 17.2%, French or French Creole 8.6%, other 2.5% (2010 est.)

BSA Council: National Capital Area Council (ncacbsa.org) - USVI District - U.S. Virgin Islands (ncacbsa.org)

Language code lists

The U.S. Census Bureau collects language data annually in the American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS provides statistics on English usage and language spoken at home for the U.S., states, counties, and selected metropolitan, micropolitan, and other statistical areas.

Note (downloaded 10/3/2021 FROM https://DATA.CENSUS.GOV):

The Census Bureau will not release its standard 2020 ACS 1-year estimates because of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on data collection. Experimental estimates, developed from 2020 ACS 1-year data, will be available on the ACS Experimental Data webpage no later than November 30th…(2021)


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BSA® Language Standards

The Language of Scouting always takes precedence. Note: If an entry is capitalized, it should be capitalized whenever it is used.

English and Spanish best practices

The following is an attempt to map the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) English standards and best practices to the equivalent Spanish ones and to add standards and best practices for social media.

Language Identification in the United States of America

What English Spanish
Conversational "American English" Spanish languages in the United States of America
Cite Value "English (US)" ?
Language Tag "en-US" "es, es-CU, es-PR, es-MX, es-419, es-US-spanglis" ?
Broadcast and Social Media ? "Broadcast Spanish (US)"

Terms, Words and Abbreviations

What English Spanish
Abbreviations Language of Scouting - Abbreviations and Acronyms ?
-- Dictionary 1 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary (an all Spanish dictionary - en español), is needed
-- Dictionary 2   (an English to Spanish dictionary is needed)
Glossary Language of Scouting BSA Spanish Glossary (bi-lingual)
what ? ?

Acronyms of Scouting

What English Spanish
Acronyms Language of Scouting - Abbreviations and Acronyms ?

Language Style of the Boy Scouts of America

Including style and the “tone and voice” of communicating.

What English Spanish
-- Style 1 Language of Scouting Language of Scouting, BSA Spanish Glossary
-- Style 2 Associated Press Stylebook El Manual de Estilo Online de la AP
-- Style 3 The Chicago Manual of Style Manual de estilo Chicago-Deusto

“Broadcast Spanish”

“el idioma de las emisiones en español” (the language of broadcasting in Spanish)

In the announcement of the Spanish version of Boy Scout Handbook

the term “Broadcast Spanish” was defined by Mayte Millares, a member of the BSA national Hispanic Initiatives committee as:

…“Broadcast Spanish,” … a region-neutral version of the language that generally avoids words that could be misinterpreted in different parts of the world.

BSA® Language Tools

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 and its approved editorial and publishing partners. 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—print, digital, multimedia, etc.

Scouting terms are based in part on the Charter and Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America (available here). Grammar, spelling, style, and usage decisions are based on the latest editions of the following references, in order of preference: Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Chicago Manual of Style . Turn to these resources (in the given order) for further reference. The Language of Scouting always takes precedence. Note: If an entry is capitalized, it should be capitalized whenever it is used.

Spanish Glossary (Glosario en inglés y en español)

This glossary is an alphabetical listing of Scouting-specific terms and their corresponding Spanish translations and/or usage guidelines. It is the standard Spanish-language BSA reference for the national office’s freelance Spanish translators, editors, and proofreaders, as well as for BSA professionals … While the glossary contains some of the same entries as The Language of Scouting, it differs from that resource in that it does not define terms, and it is not yet as extensive. It is a working glossary and, like The Language of Scouting, will be updated periodically.

“Este glosario es una lista alfabética de términos específicos de Scouting y su traducción correspondiente al español o lineamientos de uso. Es la referencia estándar de BSA del idioma castellano para los traductores , editores y correctores independientes en español de la oficina nacional, así como para los profesionales de BSA … Mientras que el glosario contiene algunas de las mismas entradas que The Language of Scouting, difiere de aquél recurso en que éste no contiene definiciones, y no es por el momento tan extenso. Es un glosario en desarrollo y, como The Language of Scouting, será actualizado periódicamente.”

Non-BSA: Language Tools





Non-BSA: Technical Information

Language Characters

HTML character entries for Scouting forums posts


  • For BSA font standards see BSA style guides.
  • There are recommended fonts and spacing for improving access by visually impaired individuals.

Language Tags and Codes


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