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Youth Leadership Positions

Troop Election Procedures as of June 12, 2016.


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Order Positions Are Filled

To meet our troop leadership needs, some positions must be filled before others. The position of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is always open to any qualified applicants. Existing Den Chiefs may continue working with their assigned dens.

Other positions will be filled in this order:

These positions must be filled first:
Senior Patrol Leader
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

After SPL and ASPL are filled, scouts may apply for these positions:
Patrol Leader (one for each patrol)
Chaplain Aide

If Chaplain Aide is filled and the member’s patrol has a Patrol Leader, then the scout may apply for one of these positions:
Den Chief 
Instructor
Troop Guide

After Instructor and Troop Guide are filled and all dens in the Pack who want a Den Chief have a Den Chief, scouts may apply for one of these positions:
OA Troop Representative
Quartermaster
Scribe

After Quartermaster, OA Troop Rep, and Scribe are filled, scouts may apply for one of these positions:
Bugler
Historian
Leave No Trace Trainer
Librarian
Webmaster

If a scout already has a position, he may also apply for a second unfilled position which is anywhere further down the list. No scout may hold more than two positions at one time. Scouts holding two positions should understand that they are expected to fulfill all of the duties of both positions to the best of their ability, but the position higher up the list takes priority.



Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Job Description: The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He is responsible for the troop’s overall operation. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, he takes charge of troop meetings, of the patrol leaders’ council, and of all troop activities, and he does everything he can to help each patrol be successful. He is responsible for annual program planning conferences and assists the Scoutmaster in conducting troop leadership training. The senior patrol leader presides over the patrol leaders’ council and works closely with each patrol leader to plan troop meetings and make arrangements for troop activities. All members of a troop vote by secret ballot to choose their senior patrol leader. Rank and age requirements to be a senior patrol leader are determined by each troop, as is the schedule of elections. During a Scout’s time as senior patrol leader, he is not a member of any patrol but may participate with the older Scout patrol (Wizards) in high-adventure activities.

Qualifications:

  • First Class rank or higher
  • Must be approved by the Scoutmaster
  • Elected by the youth members of the troop
  • May not serve two consecutive terms (Exception: May run for a consecutive term if there are only one or zero candidates).
Reports to: Scoutmaster

Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  • Preside at all troop meetings and activities. Attendance expectation 80%
  • Chair the monthly Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC). Attendance expectation
  • 80%
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 65%
  • Appoint ASPL with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assign specific duties to other youth leaders.
  • Assist the Scoutmaster in training youth leaders.
  • Delegate tasks to the ASPL. Make sure ASPL attends any meeting/function he will not be able to attend.
  • Oversee the planning efforts of scouts for all troop events.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.


Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

Job Description:
    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. He works closely with the senior patrol leader to help the troop move forward and serves as acting senior patrol leader when the senior patrol leader is absent. Among his specific duties, the assistant senior patrol leader trains and provides direction to the troop quartermaster, scribe, historian, librarian, instructors, and Order of the Arrow representative. During his tenure as assistant senior patrol leader he is not a member of a patrol, but he may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Older Scout (Wizards) patrol. Large troops may have more than one assistant senior patrol leader, each appointed by the senior patrol leader.
Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Qualifications:
  • First Class rank or higher.
  • Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Must be approved by the Scoutmaster.

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.
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and attends at least 2/3 of the PLC meetings occurring during his service period.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of each event type during his service period.
  • 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.


Patrol Leader

Job Description: The Patrol Leader is elected by the patrol and leads the patrol. He is the top leader of a patrol. He represents the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference and keeps patrol members informed of decisions made. He plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities and prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities. The patrol leader learns about the abilities of other patrol members and full involves them in patrol and troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. He encourages patrol members to complete advancement requirements and sets a good example by continuing to pursue his own advancement.

Qualifications:

  • Second Class rank or higher (Exception: There is no rank requirement for the Patrol Leader for a new scout patrol)
  • Must be approved by the Scoutmaster
  • Elected by the members of the patrol
  • May not serve two consecutive terms (Exception: May run for a consecutive term if there are only one or zero candidates)

Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol Leader duties:

  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Create a duty roster for each camping trip.
  • Help patrol members succeed in their assigned duties
  • Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings.
  • Attendance expectation 65%
  • Make sure Assistant Patrol Leader attends any meeting/activity he will not be able to attend.
  • Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Develop patrol spirit.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 65%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 65%
  • 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 field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Troop Guide

Job Description: The troop guide is both a leader and a mentor to the members of the new-Scout patrol. He should be an older Scout who holds at least the First Class rank and can work well with younger Scouts. He helps the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol in much the same way that a Scoutmaster works with a senior patrol leader to provide direction, coaching, and support. The troop guide is not a member of another patrol but may participate in the high-adventure activities of the older Scout (Wizards) patrol.

Qualifications:
  • Appointed by Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval
  • First Class Rank or higher
  • May not serve three consecutive terms
Reports To: The Assistant Scoutmaster for New Scouts Trained By: The Assistant Scoutmaster for New Scouts with the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

Troop Guide Duties:
  • Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.
  • Guides new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.
  • Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank in their first year.
  • Teaches basic Scout skills.
  • Coaches the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.
  • Works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Attends patrol leaders’ council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.
  • Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
  • Counsels individuals Scouts on Scouting challenges.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit



Scribe

Almost every organization needs somebody to keep records. A Boy Scout troop is no exception. The Scribe is a youth member of the troop who records the minutes of the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) and works with the Troop Committee Secretary and Advancement Chair.

Qualifications:

  • Appointed by Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval
  • Tenderfoot Rank or higher
  • May not serve three consecutive terms

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Trained by: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with assistance from the Assistant Scoutmaster for Older Scouts

Troop Scribe duties:

  • Attend and take minutes of Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). Attendance expectation 80%
  • Arrive 5 minutes before the start of troop and PLC meetings.
  • Distribute copies of PLC minutes to PLC members and adult leaders in a timely manner.
  • Record attendance at all troop meetings, outings, and other activities.
  • Record advancement on troop advancement chart.
  • Share records with the troop committee secretary and advancement chair.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 50%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 80%
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Quartermaster

The Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.

Qualifications:

  • Appointed by SPL and ASPL with Scoutmaster approval
  • Tenderfoot rank or higher
  • May not serve three consecutive terms

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Quartermaster duties:

  • Update troop equipment inventory quarterly.
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
  • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
  • Suggest new or replacement items.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 80%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 50%
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop
  • activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.


Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain and the Religious Emblem Coordinator to meet the religious needs of the Scouts in the troop and to promote religious emblems programs.

Qualifications:

  • Appointed by SPL and ASPL with Scoutmaster approval
  • Tenderfoot Rank or higher
  • May not serve three consecutive terms

Reports to: the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Chaplain Aide duties:

  • Keep troop leader apprised of religious holidays when planning activities.
  • Assists the campmaster for each outing in planning participation in religious services.
  • Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.
  • Lead the troop in prayer at troop meetings and other troop activities.
  • Promotes participation in religious emblem programs.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 50%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 50%
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.
  • Maintain the troop's religious emblems award progress chart.
  • Present an overview of the various religious emblems programs to the troop at least annually, instructing members to contact their own clergy person or religious counselor to guide them in the appropriate study programs.
  • Compile and keep an up-to-date list of local Imams or other individuals who have agreed to be counselors for the religious emblems programs.
  • Present an overview of the religious emblems programs to Cub Scout dens and packs on request.
  • Serve as the youth coordinator for the observance of the annual Scout Jummah.
  • Working with the troop chaplain, to organize religious programming for all troop members during weekend campouts. Invite the troop chaplain to visit a campout, eat with the troop, and conduct a religious activity.
  • Prepare a troop prayer.
  • Assist the troop chaplain, or other appropriate adult, to plan and conduct a religious emblem recognition ceremony. Presentation of a religious emblem is the responsibility of the local religious institution in which it is earned, though it is appropriate for the troop to recognize boys who have received religious emblems at courts of honor.
  • Encourage troop members to strengthen their own relationship with God through personal prayer and devotions and participation in religious activities.
  • Participate in patrol leader's council planning sessions, ensuring that a spiritual emphasis is included, e.g., supplications, prayer before meals, religious observances, etc.


Historian

Job Description: The Historian records troop activities.

Qualifications:

  • Appointed by SPL and ASPL with Scoutmaster approval
  • Tenderfoot Rank or higher
  • May not serve three consecutive terms
Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Historian duties:
  • Keep a journal of all Troop events for historical purposes.
  • Includes in journal reports of each outing or activity.
  • Includes in journal entries the place and time of the event, a few paragraphs about the event, and a list of attendees.
  • Document journal entries with photographs and maps when possible.
  • Bring journal to each Court of Honor so that Troop members may review it.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 80%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 30%
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Set a good example.
  • Show scout spirit.