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Scout Leadership

Troop Organization


Scout positions are associated with adult positions: The senior patrol leader works closely with the Scoutmaster; other troop leaders works closely with other adults. No position is completely independent. Cooperation and teamwork between adults and Scouts is essential. Also notice that Scouts with leadership positions have responsibilities to one another. The Senior Patrol Leader manages other Scout leaders and is responsible for their performance. Elected Scout leaders can have appointed Scout leaders to manage, and be responsible for, as well.
Our troop has a number of important Scout positions. The highest positions are elected and serve for a period of time in those positions (a “term of office”). A number of appointed leadership positions are available, with varying levels of skill and commitment required to fulfill.

Hopefully, every troop member will be encouraged to accept some kind of leadership position every year in the troop.

For advancement to the rank of Star, Life, Eagle, and to earn Eagle Palms, the first requirement in the Boy Scout Handbook for each of these ranks is that a Scout is active in their Troop and Patrol for a set period of time. For Star, this activity requirement is four months, for Life and Eagle the requirement is six months, and for Eagle Palms the requirement is three months. The National Office of BSA allows Troops to set a reasonable definition of active with regards to these requirements. Troop 104 has had various verbal definitions, but none that were adopted and approved by the Committee.

Troop 104's Definition of Active


For Scouts in a Position of Responsibility - Attendance and participation at 75% of Troop and Patrol meetings, and 66% of Troop outings during the duration of the six month term OR The Scout needs to negotiate a mutually agreed upon activity contract with the Scoutmaster.

For Scouts NOT in a Position of Responsibility - Attendance and participation at 50% of Troop and Patrol meetings, and 50% of Troop outings during the duration of the six month term OR The Scout needs to negotiate a mutually agreed upon activity contract with the Scoutmaster.

We understand that life is busy for our young men, and we want to have the flexibility to make accommodations when necessary, while not diminishing the importance and responsibilities required for advancement. The activity contract will be a written agreement between the Scout and the Scoutmaster outlining the requirements needed to meet the acceptable level of activity, while taking into account other commitments by the Scout. It shall be the responsibility of the Scout to initiate and track progress in the activity contract.


Individual Roles and Responsibilities


Scout Positions. Scout troops are run by Scout leaders who are elected or appointed from and by the troop’s Scout membership. These Scout leaders are responsible for seeing that the troop runs well, grows, and meets the needs of the members. The number of Scout leaders can change over time, depending on the size and needs of the troop. Following is a summary of the responsibilities of each position in a typical troop. A position description card, the Boy Scout Handbook, the Scoutmaster Handbook, and your Scoutmaster will provide additional details for each position.

Senior Patrol Leader

  • Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conference.
  • Chair the patrol leaders’ council. Make sure to send meeting notes to Scoutmaster.
  • Appoint Scout leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assign duties and responsibilities to other Scout leaders.
  • Work with the Scoutmaster in training Scout leaders.
  • Set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
  • Set a good example. Send Troop email announcing meetings by the Friday before the meeting.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
  • Conduct a PLC meeting at 6:30pm on the first Monday of each month that the troop meets to address program planning and other Scout issues for the month

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed Scout leaders: historian, Order of the Arrow troop representative, scribe, librarian, instructor, quartermaster, and chaplain aide.
  • Help lead meetings and activities as called upon by the senior patrol leader.
  • Guide the troop in the senior patrol leader’s absence.
  • Perform tasks assigned by the senior patrol leader.
  • Function as a member of the patrol leaders’ council.
  • Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Patrol Leader

  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member needed tasks and help them succeed.
  • Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Show and help develop patrol spirit.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know what patrol members and other leaders can do.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Conduct two brief patrol meetings each month to gather a roster of who will be attending the upcoming outing and address meal planning
  • Contact every Scout in your patrol to determine if they will attend Scout outings (even if they do not attend patrol or troop meetings)
  • Provide a trip roster for your patrol for the adult outdoor planning coordinator 2 weeks prior to the trip

Assistant Patrol Leader

  • Help the patrol leader plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Help the patrol leader keep patrol members informed.
  • Help the patrol leader prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Lead the patrol in the patrol leader’s absence.
  • Show and help develop patrol spirit.
  • Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings in the patrol leader’s absence.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Troop Guide

  • Introduce new Scouts to troop operations.
  • Guide new Scouts through early Scouting activities.
  • Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
  • Ensure older Scouts never harass or bully new Scouts.
  • Help new Scouts earn the First Class rank in their first year.
  • Coach the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.
  • Work with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Attend patrol leaders’ council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.
  • Assist the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
  • Coach individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
  • Teach basic Scout skills.

Den Chief

  • Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings.
  • Meet regularly with the den leader to review the den and pack meeting plans.
  • If serving as a Webelos den chief; help prepare boys to join Boy Scouting.
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouting.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Historian

  • Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.
  • Take care of troop trophies and keepsakes.
  • Keep information about troop alumni.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

  • Serve as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop.
  • Encourage year-round and resident camping in the troop.
  • Encourage older-Scout participation in high-adventure programs.
  • Encourage Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.
  • Assist with leadership skills training in the troop.
  • Encourage Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.
  • Encourage Arrowmen in the troop to be active participants in lodge and/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and OA Obligation.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Librarian

  • Establish and maintain a troop library.
  • Keep records on literature owned by the troop.
  • Add new or replacement items as needed.
  • Have literature available for borrowing at troop meetings.
  • Maintain a system to check literature in and out.
  • Follow up on late returns.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Quartermaster

  • Keep records of patrol and troop equipment.
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
  • Keep equipment storage area neat and clean.
  • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
  • Suggest new or replacement items.
  • Work with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
  • Plan and conduct a spring and fall Quartermaster day to clean, sort and repair troop gear

Scribe

  • Attend and keep a log of patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Attend meetings and take notes to share with SPL, Scout Master, and Troop Liaison/Recruitment Chair
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Work with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and advancement.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
  • Handle correspondence appropriately.

Instructor

  • Instruct Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
  • Prepare well in advance for each teaching assignment.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Chaplain Aide

  • Keep troop leaders apprised of religious holidays when planning activities.
  • Assist the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members while on activities.
  • Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.
  • Lead worship services on campouts.
  • Tell troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Webmaster (at this time, assisting adult Webmaster)

  • Establish and maintain a safe and secure troop website.
  • Ensure the troop website is a positive reflection of Scouting for the public.
  • Manage the troop’s electronic communication tools.
  • Work with the Scouts to provide up-to-date troop information.
  • Work with the scribe.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Leave No Trace Trainer

  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace.
  • Successfully complete the Leave No Trace Trainer training course.
  • Help minimize the troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Help ensure that the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

  • Function as an assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18 and 21 years of age or older).
  • Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.


Created by System Administrator. Last Modification: Saturday 11 of January, 2014 12:39:36 CST by Burns Family.

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