Troop Leadership Positions

The Patrol System is one essential feature in which Scout training differs from that of all other organizations, and where the System is properly applied, it is absolutely bound to bring success. It cannot help itself! The formation of the boys into Patrols of from six to eight and training them as separate units each under its own responsible leader is the key to a good Troop. The Patrol is the unit of Scouting always, whether for work or for play, for discipline or for duty.

– Lord R. S. Baden-Powell

The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop.

Senior Patrol Leader duties:

• Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.

• Chair the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meeting once a month. Attends at least 5/6 of the PLC meetings occurring during his service period.

• Appointed other boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.

• Assign duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.

• Assists with Scoutmaster in training junior leaders.

• Delegates task to the ASPLs. Makes sure an ASPL attends any meeting/function he will not be able to attend (troop, PLC, Committee Meeting, etc.)

• Oversees the planning efforts of Scouts for all Troop campouts (whether he attends these outing or not).

• Has good attendance at Troop meeting. • Attends at least 2/3 of the monthly events during his service period. • Set a good example.

• Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking junior leader in the Troop. He is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the Troop. Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader duties:

• Help with leading meetings and activities as called upon by the Senior Patrol Leader.

• Take over troop leadership in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.

• Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed junior leaders: Scribe, Librarian, Troop Historian, Instructor, Quartermaster and Chaplain Aide.

• Perform tasks assigned by the Senior Patrol Leader.

• Has good attendance at Troop meeting.

• Set a good example.

• Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

The Patrol Leader is elected by the patrol and leads the patrol.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader duties:

• Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.

• Keep patrol members informed.

• Assign each patrol member a job and help them succeed.

• Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings and at the annual program planning conference.

• Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.

• Develop patrol spirit.

• Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.

• Know what patrol members and other leaders can do.

• Set the example. • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

The Troop Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and assures it is in working order.

Troop Quartermaster duties:

• Keep records on patrol and troop equipment.

• Keep equipment in good repair.

• 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.

• Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

The Troop Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.

Troop Scribe duties:

• Attend and keep a log of Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) Meetings.

• Record attendance at troop functions.

• Record advancement in troop records.

• Work with the troop committee member responsible for finance, records, and advancement.

• Have good attendance at Troop meetings.

• Set a good example.

• Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit

The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of the Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program. Reports to: the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (and works with the Chaplain)

Chaplain Aide duties:

• Keep troop leader appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.

• Assist 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.

• Tell Scouts about the religious emblem program of their faith.

• Help plan for religious observance in troop activities.

• Set a good example.

• Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

To work actively with new Scouts in the Baden-Powell program. The Troop Guides introduce new Scouts to troop operations and help them feel comfortable in the troop.

Troop Guide duties:

• Help new Scouts earn advancement requirements through First Class.

• Advise patrol leader on his duties and responsibilities at PLC meetings.

• Attend Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meetings with the New Scout Patrol Leader.

• Prevent harassment of new Scouts by older Scouts.

• Help Assistant Scoutmaster train new Scouts by older Scouts.

• Guide new Scouts through early troop experiences to help them become comfortable in the troop and the outdoors.

• Teach basic Scout skills. • Have good attendance at Troop meeting.

• Set a good example.

• Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

The Librarian takes care of troop literature.

Troop Librarian duties:

• Establish and take care of the troop library.

• Keep records on literature owned by the troop.

• Add new or replacement items as needed.

• Keep books and pamphlets available for borrowing at troop meetings.

• Keep a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out.

• Follow up on late returns.

• Set a good example.

• Wear the Scout Uniform correctly.

• Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

• Show Scout spirit.

An Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his troop, he serves as a communication and programmatic link to the Arrowman and adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. He does this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, he enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to his troop.

OA Troop Representative duties:

• Serves as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop.

• Encourages year round and resident camping in the troop.

• Encourages older Scout participation in high adventure programs.

• Encourages Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.

• Assists with leadership skills training in the troop.

• Encourages Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.

• Encourages Arrowmen in the troop to be active participants in the lodge and/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.

• Sets a good example.

• Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.

• Lives by the Scout Oath, Scout Law and OA Obligation .

• Shows Scout spirit

• OA Troop Representative Qualifications:

• Under 18 years old

• Appointed by SPL with SM approval

• OA Member in good standing