There is a lot of stuff to do to register your son as a scout, but compared to the experience that your son will remember for his entire life, it is worth it a hundred times over. You can also email the Membership SubCommittee for help: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Scouting is a family activity and we encourage all parents to be involved in their Scout's development. Like anything else in life, you/your son, will get as much out of Scouting as you/he put into it.
Again, welcome to Scouting!
For more information on advancement, see this.
You can also see a presentation on advancement available here.
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
Troop 485 uses several abbreviations. Here is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations:
YiS = Yours in Scouting
CC = Committee Chair (Adult)
SM = Scoutmaster (Adult)
ASM = Assistant Scoutmaster (Adult)
SPL = Senior Patrol Leader
ASPL= Assistant Sr. Patrol Leader
PL = Patrol Leader
APL = Assistant Patrol Leader
AIC = Adult in Charge
SIC = Scout in Charge
COH = Court of Honor
FOS = Friends of Scouting
PLC = Patrol Leaders’ Council
TLT = Troop Leadership Training