scout·​mas·​ter | \ ˈskau̇t-ˌma-stər How to pronounce scoutmaster (audio) \

Definition of scoutmaster

: the leader of a band of scouts specifically : the adult leader of a troop of Boy Scouts

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In one instance, the attorneys who intend to represent the victims in the New Jersey cases, said that one scoutmaster, convicted of molesting boys in the 1960s was allowed to repeatedly return as a volunteer leading scout groups. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Three Connecticut men plan to use New Jersey law to sue Boy Scouts of America for decades-old sexual abuse," 30 Aug. 2019 Don Abrahamson, assistant scoutmaster, Troop 73, pointed out that the troop is observing its 25th year this year. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Boy Scout adds flag deposit box at library to earn his Eagle rank," 26 Aug. 2019 Imagine, for instance, what would happen if the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts had to operate without troop leaders and scoutmasters who lead camping trips or organize outings. Marlene Walk, The Conversation, "Surprising volunteers with awards is one way to keep them on board," 13 Aug. 2019 The man who Toale says abused him is now dead, while the former scoutmaster Schall has accused is retired and living in upstate New York. Washington Post, "Justice late, not denied: New York to allow old abuse suits," 11 Aug. 2019 Along with the national organization, the lawsuit names as defendants the local Penn Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts and the assistant scoutmaster. Richard Fausset,, "Lawsuit says former Boy Scouts have named 350 more abusers," 7 Aug. 2019 Soon after, hundreds of people from all over the country called with stories ranging from scoutmasters showing them inappropriate photos to allegations of rape. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of men say they were sexually abused during their time in the Boy Scouts. Now they want justice.," 4 Aug. 2019 Most scoutmasters serve for a max of three to five years, usually resigning after their sons age out of the program at 18. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "After 25 years and 2,100 Boy Scouts, popular North County scoutmaster steps down," 2 July 2019 Some of that is because boys are familiar with the songs and the camp atmosphere, said Ann Specht, scoutmaster for Troop 346 G. For about 25 years, Specht led boys troops. Krista Torralva,, "San Antonio girls, aiming for Eagle Scout, break the gender barrier at camp," 30 July 2019

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1579, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scoutmaster

: the leader of a group of Boy Scouts


scout·​mas·​ter | \ ˈskau̇t-ˌma-stər How to pronounce scoutmaster (audio) \

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: the leader of a troop of Boy Scouts

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