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Youth Leadership Positions

Troop 282 is run by the Boy Scouts in our Troop, not the adults. With BSA training and guidance from adult leaders in our Troop, Scouts build our Patrols, plan our meetings and outings, teach each other skills, and have a great time doing it. Along the way Scouts learn and practice leadership skills which will benefit them for the rest of their lives in family, school, business, and as citizens of our community.

11 of the 12 astronauts who walked on the moon were Boy Scouts. It is not an accident that a majority of male college graduates, military school graduates, Rhodes Scholars, football and basketball captains, airline pilots, FBI agents, and US Congressmen are Boy Scout alumni. Do the names Hank Aaron, Neil Armstrong, Bill Bradley, Daniel J. Evans, Gerald Ford, Harrison Ford, John F. Kennedy, Gary Locke, Branford Marsalis, Nolan Ryan, and Steven Spielberg ring a bell? Sure they do, and they were all Boy Scouts.

Leaders in our Troop are looked up to and set great examples for the rest of the Troop. It is an honor to be chosen as a leader by friends and peers, and the success of our Troop depends on our Scouts successfully meeting the challenge of Troop leadership positions and making the positions fun and exciting.

Below are leadership positions in our Troop and a list of the duties for each position. Positions are held for six months and elections are held in April and October. The Senior Patrol Leader is voted in by the Scouts in the Troop, and each Patrol Leader is voted in by the members of his Patrol. Other Troop leadership positions are decided upon by the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster, and Patrol leadership positions are decided upon by the Patrol Leader with help from an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Scouts wanting to hold Troop leadership positions should fill out a Leadership Position Application and turn it in to the Scoutmaster prior to the next election.

Senior Patrol Leader

  • SPLMust be at least First Class in rank and have attended National Youth Leadership Training
  • Elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the Troop
  • Reports to the Scoutmaster
    • Talks with the Scoutmaster at least once per week regarding the upcoming Troop meeting and/or outing
    • Arrives at meetings and outings early and checks-in to make sure any issues are resolved
    • Works together with the Scoutmaster to develop Patrol Leaders’ Council meeting agendas
  • Runs all Troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and all Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings
    • Talks with the ASPL and Patrol Leaders at least once per week regarding the upcoming Troop meeting and/or outing
    • Arrives 15 minutes prior to meetings and outings to prepare
    • Has PLC, meeting, and outing plans in hand
    • Ensures the plans are followed
    • Makes sure all presenters and trainers have what they need and are ready to go
    • Stays after each meeting and outing to conduct an evaluation session with Patrol Leaders
  • Appoints other junior leaders with advice and counsel of Scoutmaster
  • Provides leadership to other junior leaders
    • Assists with Junior Leader Training
    • Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders
    • Has conversations with the ASPL and Patrol Leaders at each PLC
      • Find out about recent accomplishments, outings, and meetings
      • Review upcoming outings and meetings
      • Review upcoming tasks for Troop meetings
      • Get suggestions for Troop operations
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

  • aspl2nd highest junior leader in the Troop
  • Appointed by the SPL
  • Acts as SPL when SPL is absent (see SPL description)
  • Helps SPL lead meetings and activities
  • Provides leadership to other junior leaders
    • Talks with the SPL at least once per week regarding the upcoming Troop meeting and/or outing
    • Talks with youth leaders other than Patrol Leaders at least once per week regarding the upcoming Troop meeting and/or outing
  • Helps train and supervise Troop Bugler, Chaplain Aide, Den Chiefs, Guides, Historian, Librarian, Quartermaster, and Scribe
    • Ensures they have proper training from previous Scout in their position and helps as needed
    • Ensures they are doing their jobs
    • Talks with them at each PLC meeting about their recent accomplishments, things they’d like to get done, suggestions for the Troop, suggestions from other Troop leaders
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Bugler

  • buglerHas the ability to play appropriate bugle calls on the instrument of his choice
  • Plays instrument as requested by Troop leadership, such as Troop assembly at meetings and campouts
  • Responsible for waking the members of the Troop on campouts on time
  • Should work on completing Bugling and/or Music Merit Badges
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Chaplain Aide

  • chaplain_aideHelps plan and lead religious observance in Troop activities, such as Sunday services on campouts and invocations at Courts of Honor and all Troop meals
  • Assists with Troop religious services
  • Helps plan and lead Troop involvement in the yearly Scout Sunday event
  • Promotes Troop involvement in religious services at summer camp, Camporee, etc.
  • Documents religious preferences of Troop members
  • Promotes religious emblems program, and assists Scouts in earning the religious emblem
  • Makes sure religious holidays are considered during Troop program planning
  • Leads Troop in brief prayer at close of Troop meetings
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Den Chief

  • den_chiefMust be at least First Class in rank
  • Take additional Den Chief training
  • Works with a Cub Scout Den as a guide
  • Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting
  • Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks
  • Encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout Troop upon graduation
  • Is a friend to the boys in the Den
  • Helps out at Den and Pack meetings and outings
  • Assists with activities in the Den meetings
  • Meets with adult members of the Den, Pack, and Troop as necessary
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Guide

  • guideIntroduces new Scouts to Troop operations
  • Guides new Scouts through early Scouting activities
  • Shields new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts
  • Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank in their first year
    • Finds out what rank requirements are incomplete for Scouts who are not yet First Class
    • Works with Scouts who are not yet First Class at each meeting
    • Works with the Quartermaster to make sure all materials and equipment are on hand for skill trainings
    • Mentors new Scouts through the Troop advancement process
  • Teaches basic Scout skills
  • Attends campouts and works with new Scout Patrol when needed
  • Coaches the Patrol Leader of the new Scout Patrol on his duties
  • Attends Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings with the Patrol Leader of the new Scout Patrol
  • Works with the Patrol Leaders at Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings
  • Assists the Assistant Scoutmaster with training
  • Counsels individual Scouts on Scouting challenges
  • Prepares and makes special educational presentations at Troop meetings
    • games with a point, from Woods Wisdom, etc.
    • learning can be fun if you make it so
    • examples: cross the river, lift the cook pot, etc.
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Historian

  • historianGathers pictures and facts about Troop activities
  • Searches for online or print articles about our Troop and collects them
  • Keeps Troop historical file, scrapbook, and/or web pages
  • Cares for Troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs
  • Keeps information about former Troop members
  • Prepares displays and media for Courts of Honor, open houses, planning meetings, and other special occasions
  • Keeps the Scout room board up-to-date with current photos, news articles, etc.
  • Works with Troop Publicity Chair to ensure that newsworthy Troop events are covered by local news
  • Works with Troop Editor on the Troop Owl News Newsletter
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Librarian

  • librarianSets up and cares for Troop library
  • Makes sure each item in the Troop library is labeled Troop property
  • Polls Scouts to determine what they would like to add to the Troop library
  • Suggests new or replacement items to the adult Librarian
  • Asks for donations of MB books (latest edition) that Scouts no longer need
  • Records new Troop books, pamphlets, magazines, and audiovisuals
  • Keeps current inventory of all items in Troop library
  • Runs Troop lending library and follows up on late returns
  • Checks all items for damage/wear and reports to the adult Librarian
  • Makes or helps make presentations about Merit Badges at Troop meetings on a monthly basis
  • Introduces new or little known library items at Troop meetings
  • Brings Library out for display and discussion at the end of each Troop meeting
  • Brings Library to the Troop Merit Badge Workshop each month
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Quartermaster

  • quartermasterKeeps current inventory of all Patrol and Troop equipment
  • Makes sure all Patrol and Troop equipment is marked as Troop property
  • Polls Scouts to determine if there is any new gear needed for Troop activities
  • Issues and collects Patrol and Troop equipment at every outing/event
  • Checks all gear for damage/wear, ensures all equipment is in good working order, and reports to the adult Quartermaster
  • Suggests new or replacement items to the adult Quartermaster
  • Ensures that all gear is properly cleaned and dried prior to storing
  • Maintains all Patrol boxes and ensures they are well stocked prior to each outing
  • Makes sure all tents are properly packed with rain fly, drop cloth, and stakes prior to each outing
  • Supervises loading Troop equipment for outings
  • Researches any planned purchases for best quality and price
  • Learns to setup and use all Troop equipment
  • Trains other Scouts to use Troop equipment
  • Asks for donations of clothing and equipment that Scouts and adults no longer need
  • Coordinates annual gear exchange
  • Coordinates gear repair meeting(s)
  • Alerts the Troop to good sales on gear and clothing
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Troop Scribe

  • scribeAttends and keeps the official record of the Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings
  • Posts PLC planners and notes on bulletin board and e-mails them to the Troop
  • Oversees the recording of individual Scout attendance and uniform condition at each Troop meeting and activity
  • Reports or files Troop attendance after each meeting and activity
  • Calls Scouts who do not show up to meetings
  • Alerts adult leaders if Scouts miss three or more meetings in a row
  • Assists Treasurer with making sure Scouts’ dues are paid
  • Assists Advancement Coordinator with keeping advancement records up-to-date
  • Assists trip leaders by filling out sign-up sheets, collecting permission slips, money, medical forms, etc.
  • Assists with holding and recording the Troop elections
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position

Patrol Leader

  • plMust be at least First Class in rank
  • Elected leader of his Patrol
  • Reports to the SPL
  • Represents the Patrol at Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings and annual program planning conference
  • Informs Patrol of Patrol Leaders’ Council decisions
  • Plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating Patrol meetings and activities
  • Plans and executes at least three Patrol meetings and and one Patrol outing during the six month term
  • Learns about abilities of other Patrol members and fully involves them in Patrol and Troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities
  • Appoints Assistant Patrol Leader and other Patrol positions
  • Prepares the Patrol to participate in all Troop activities, and promotes Patrol teamwork and spirit
  • Solicits help, ideas, and concerns from Patrol members so they have input to the planning and operation of the Patrol
  • Encourages Patrol members to complete their own advancement requirements
  • Works with others in the Troop to help the Troop run well
  • Chief recruiter for new Scouts
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
  • Helps train and mentor the Scout that follows in this position
  • More on the Patrol Leader position here

Assistant Patrol Leader

  • aplAppointed by the Patrol Leader
  • Leads the Patrol in the Patrol Leader’s absence
  • Assists Patrol Leader in planning and chairing Patrol meetings
  • Helps Patrol Leader lead Patrol activities and build Patrol spirit
  • Helps Patrol Leader keep Patrol members informed
  • Helps Patrol prepare for Troop activities
  • Helps Patrol Scribe keep advancement records up-to-date
  • Monitors Patrol member advancement
  • Represents the Patrol at Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings if Patrol Leader can’t attend
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit

Patrol Grubmaster

  • Leads outing menu planning
  • Itemizes ingredients for shopping list
  • Assigns food purchasing duties
  • Supervises food repackaging
  • Works with Patrol members needing to complete cooking advancement requirements
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit

Patrol MC

  • Leads campfire program planning
  • Leads Patrol in yells, songs, and skits
  • Helps Patrol members learn skits and songs
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit

Patrol Quartermaster

  • Helps decide what equipment will be needed for Patrol outings
  • Helps decide who is responsible for supplying/carrying equipment
  • Works with Troop Quartermaster to check-out and return equipment for the Patrol
  • Repairs damaged equipment if possible or alerts Troop Quartermaster
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit

Patrol Scribe

  • Records Patrol attendance and uniform condition at all activities
  • Keeps Patrol meeting minutes (decisions, responsibilities, activity planning)
  • Works with Troop Scribe to keep attendance and advancement records up-to-date
  • Manages outing budgets
  • Helps collect yearly dues from Patrol members
  • Sets a good example in the uniform, Oath, Law, & spirit
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