Adult Leadership Opportunities

The scouts are the leaders of the Troop, however there is always a need for Adults to help mentor and guide these youth.

Here are some of the ways in which we help the scouts.

All adults are expected to take the Youth Protection Training every 2 years to be eligible to help the scouts.

Troop Committee Chair

The Committee Chair oversees all committee operations necessary to support the Scoutmaster in administration of the Troop’s program. The chair organizes the committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated and completed, and presides over the monthly troop committee meetings. The chair is responsible for ensuring that quality adult leadership is recruited and trained; advises the Scoutmaster on policies relating to Boy Scouting and the chartered organization; supports leaders in carrying out the program; is responsible for finances; obtains, maintains and properly cares for troop property; ensures the troop has an outdoor program; supports the Scoutmaster in working with problems that may affect the overall program; and provides for the special needs and assistance some boys may require. The Chair “hosts” the Troop’s Court of Honor and Eagle ceremonies.

Troop Committee Roles

Secretary: The Troop Committee Secretary keeps the minutes of meetings and distributes meeting notices. At each monthly troop committee meeting, the Secretary reports the minutes of the previous meeting. This person is responsible for maintaining the official copy of record for all of Troop 55’s documents such as the Bylaws, meeting minutes and agendas, and policy or guideline documentation.

Treasurer: The Troop Committee Treasurer handles all troop funds, and pays bills on the recommendation of the Scoutmaster and authorization of the troop committee. The treasurer makes the annual budget submission, as specified in the Troop By-Laws, to the Troop Committee for adoption. The Treasurer also maintains adequate financial records; maintains checking and savings accounts; supervises money-earning projects, including fundraising accounts (e.g. “mulch” and “parental” accounts); and reports to the troop committee at each monthly meeting on the status of the Troop’s financial condition.

Advancement Chair: This person supports the Scoutmaster in his/her lead role implementing the Advancement program of the troop. The Advancement chair works with the Assistant Scoutmaster for Advancement to encourage scouts to advance in rank. In addition, the chair coordinates, oversees and implements the scheduling of periodic (at a minimum, quarterly) Boards of Review for advancement of candidates recommended by the Scoutmaster. The committee also conducts Boards of Review and Court of Honor for Eagle candidates as required. The committee plans, schedules, and runs the Troop’s quarterly Court of Honors, to include submission of advancement reports to the council office, securing the applicable insignia and certifications, preparing an agenda, ensuring participation of appropriate personnel, arranging refreshments, and providing oversight of scout set-up and clean-up of meeting facilities. The committee also plans, schedules, and executes the annual troop picnic. Finally, the Advancement chair is responsible for maintaining the Troop’s merit badge counselor list.

Troop Fundraising Chair

Outdoor Activities Chair


The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster’s job is reflected in the fact that the quality of guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop. The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster is selected and recruited by the troop committee and approved by the chartered organization representative. The Scoutmaster’s duties include: General Train and guide boy leaders. Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys. Use the eight methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting. Meetings Meet regularly with the patrol leaders’ council for training and coordination in planning troop activities. Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute. Attend troop committee meetings. Conduct periodic parents’ sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation. Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and charter presentation. Guidance Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for all rank advancements. Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are promptly registered. (This is a direct responsibility of the assistant Scoutmaster for new Scouts.) Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations. Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow. Activities Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year. Participate in council and district events. Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature. Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.

Assistant ScoutMaster

To fulfill obligations to the troop, the Scoutmaster, with the concurrence of the troop committee, recruits assistant Scoutmasters to help operate the troop. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America. An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster’s absence. The troop should recruit as many assistant Scoutmasters as possible.

Merit Badge Counselor