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Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM)

Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM)

Assistant Scoutmasters are selected by the Scoutmaster with assistance of the Troop Committee. They serve at the satisfaction of the Scoutmaster and the Troop Committee. They may be 18 years old, but at least one must be 21 or older.

Reports to: Scoutmaster


  • Assist the Scoutmaster with his/her responsibilities.
  • Attend 50% of all Troop meetings and outings to qualify for position credit (See Dues Matrix).
  • Become trained for the position to include This Is Scouting, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training,Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, Youth Protection, and Hazardous Weather.
  • Woodbadge Training is highly recommended.
  • Fill in for Scoutmaster when required.
  • Set the example by wearing the BSA uniform or equivalent for the event (wear what the scouts should wear).
  • In addition to the above duties several ASMs have additional responsibilities in specific areas as assigned by the Scoutmaster:

    • ASM - Baden Powell Program - work with new scouts to help them make a smooth transition into the Troop and advance to First Class in a reasonable time. This involves working with the PLC and the ASPL for New Scouts. Also works closely with Troop Instructors, Troop Guides, and Advancement Coordinator to facilitate Scout advancements.
    • ASM - Meetings - Provide guidance to SPL in keeping Troop meetings on schedule and organized.
    • ASM - High Adventure - Acts as a mentor to the Venture Patrol (older scouts) to promote and execute a quarterly High Adventure outing. Have taken HAT Basic Backpack Course.
    • ASM - OA - Encourage membership in the Order of the Arrow (OA) and coordinate annual OA elections. Must be an OA member. Should attend all OA meetings or arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
    • ASM - Troop Junior Leader Advisor - Act as a mentor to Troop Junior Leaders. Help coordinate TLT training.
    • ASM - Patrol Advisor - Act as a mentor to Patrol Leaders and serve as a resource to the patrols. Get monthly reports from each of the patrols and share them with the SPL and Scoutmaster.
    • Tour Leader - This is a SM/ASM trained, uniformed adult over 21 who is appointed by the Scoutmaster to be the adult responsible for any given outing/activity. Normally this person would be an Asst. Scoutmaster (ASM) although this is not required. Completing the following courses or the equivalent would constitute being trained: Youth Protection, Fast Start, This Is Scouting, SM/ASM Leader Specific Training, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, and Hazardous Weather.