Youth Leadership

Because being a leader is such an important part of your involvement in scouts we have put together job descriptions for the Troop leadership positions. They will give you a good idea of what each job is all about and what you will be required to do. These job descriptions come from the Junior Leader Handbook. Consider going to the Scout Shop and getting a copy, it really will help you in doing your job.

Here's how to be considered for a position. First read the job descriptions, qualifications, and job responsibilities. Then decide what you want to do and talk it over with your parents. You can also talk it over with other scouts who have served in that position. Finally, get a   pdf Troop 70 Leadership Contract (24 KB) , fill it out, sign it and then turn it in to the Scoutmaster or the SPL.

The only positions that are elected by the scouts are Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. All other positions are appointed by the SPL in conjunction with the Scoutmaster. Also, each six months at Troop Election time all leadership positions are dissolved and must be re-applied for even if you are not changing leadership positions.

Click on a position title to find more about it.

Senior Patrol Leader

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol Leader

Assistant Patrol Leader

Troop Guide

Troop Historian

Chaplain Aide

OA Troop Representative

Troop Quartermaster

Den Chief

Junior Assitant Scoutmaster

Instructor

Librarian

Scribe

Bugler

Leave No Trace Trainer

Troop Webmaster

 

 

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spl Senior Patrol Leader

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Elected by the members of the troop

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Scoutmaster

Description: The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop. You must be at least a First Class Scout to be considered for this position.

Comments: The Senior Patrol Leader is the focal point of the troop. He needs to attend as close to all troop functions as possible. One of the major parts of the SPL's job is to appoint other troop leaders. He must choose leaders who are able, not just his friends or other popular Scouts. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.

2. Runs the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings.

3. Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.

4. Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.

5. Assists the Scoutmaster with junior leader training.

6. Sets a good example.

7. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

8. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

9. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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aspl md Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

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

Comments: The most important part of the ASPL position is his work with the other junior leaders. The ASPL should be familiar with the other positions and stay current with the work being done. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Helps the senior patrol leader lead meetings and activities.

2. Runs the troop in the absence of the senior patrol leader.

3. Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and chaplain's aide.

4. Serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council.

5. Sets a good example.

6. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

7. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

8. Shows Scout spirit.

9. Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.

10. Wears the uniform correctly.

 

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pl md Patrol Leader

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Elected by members of the patrol

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader. You must be a First Class Scout to run for this position.

Description: The Patrol Leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the Patrol Leader's Council.

Comments: The Patrol Leader may easily be the most important job in the troop. He has the closest contact with the patrol members and is in the perfect position to help and guide them. The Patrol Leaders, along with the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader are the primary members of the Patrol Leaders' Council. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.

2. Keep patrol members informed.

3. Assign each patrol member a specific duty.

4. Represent your patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings and the annual program planning conference.

5. Prepare the patrol to participate in all troop activities.

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

7. Know the abilities of each patrol member.

8. Set a good example.

9. Wear the Scout uniform correctly.

10. Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

11. Show and develop patrol spirit.

 

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apl md Assistant Patrol Leader

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Patrol Leader

Description: The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence.

Comments: Substituting for the Patrol Leader is only part of the Assistant Patrol Leader's job. The APL actively helps the patrol leader run the patrol. This position can not be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Helps the patrol leader plan and steer patrol meetings and activities.

2. Helps him keep patrol members informed.

3. Helps the patrol get ready for all troop activities.

4. Represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend.

5. Sets a good example.

6. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

7. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

8. Shows Scout spirit.

9. Wears the uniform correctly.

 

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guide mdTroop Guide

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Scoutmaster with the advice of the Assistant Scoutmaster for new Scouts.

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Scoutmaster for new Scouts

Description: He must be at least a First Class Scout. The Troop Guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable in the troop. He helps them earn their First Class rank in their first year.

Comments: The first year as a Boy Scout is a critical time with new places, new people, new rules, and new activities. The Troop Guide is a friend to the new Scouts and makes their first year fun and successful. He can use Instructors as a resource in working with the new Scouts. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.

2. Guides new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.

3. Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank in their first year.

4. Teaches basic Scout skills.

5. Coaches the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.

6. Works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.

7. Attends patrol leaders’ council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.

8. Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training.

9. Counsels individuals Scouts on Scouting challenges.

10. Set a good example.

11. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

12. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

13. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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historia md Troop Historian

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Troop Historian has two important functions. He keeps an historical record or scrapbook of troop activities and he assists the Troop Webmaster by keeping a record of troop activities and making them available for use on the Troop web site.

Comments: The Troop web site is increasingly becoming an important source of information for current and potential members of the Troop. The Troop Historian helps keep this information up-to-date. The Historian also provides material for displays and presentations of current activities. In addition, the work of the Historian provides a link with the past highlighting the true value of a good Historian which usually does not show up until years later. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Gathers pictures and facts about troop activities and keeps them in a historical file or scrapbook.

2. Takes care of troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of troop activities.

3. Keeps information about former members of the troop.

4. Set a good example.

5. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

6. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

7. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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quarter md Troop Quartermaster

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

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

Comments: The Quartermaster does most of his work around campouts. There are times when the Quartermaster has to be available to check equipment in and out. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Keeps records on patrol and troop equipment.

2. Makes sure equipment is in good working condition.

3. Issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition.

4. Makes suggestions for new or replacement items.

5. Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.

6. Sets a good example.

7. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

8. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

9. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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instruct md Instructor

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Comments: The Instructor will work closely with both the Troop Guide and with the Assistant Scoutmaster for new Scouts. The Instructor does not have to be an expert but should be able to teach the Scoutcraft skills needed for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. The troop can have more than one instructor. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Teaches basic Scouting skills in troop and patrols.

2. Sets a good example.

3. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

4. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

5. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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library md Librarian

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Troop Librarian takes care of troop literature.

Comments: The library contains books of historical value as well as current materials. All together, the library is a troop resource worth hundreds of dollars. The Librarian manages this resource for the troop. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Sets up and takes care of a troop library.

2. Keeps records of books and pamphlets owned by the troop.

3. Adds new or replacement items as needed.

4. Keeps books and pamphlets available for borrowing.

5. Keeps a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out, and follows up on late returns.

6. Set a good example.

7. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

8. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

9. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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denchief md Den Chief

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the SPL and Scoutmaster

Term: 1 year

Reports to: Assistant Scoutmaster for New Scouts, and Den Leader

Description: The Den Chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Den Leaders in the Cub Scout pack.

Comments: The Den Chief provides a knowledge of games and Scout skills that many Den Leaders lack. The Den Chief is also a recruiter for the troop. This function is important because no troop can thrive without new members and most new members will come from Cub Scouting. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting.

2. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks.

3. Encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.

4. Assists with activities in the den meetings.

5. Is a friend to the boys in the den.

6. Helps out at weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings.

7. Meets with adult members of the den, pack, and troop as necessary.

8. Sets the example.

9. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

10. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

11. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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scribe md Scribe

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council and helps keep a record of advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.

Comments: To be a good Scribe you need to attend nearly all troop and Patrol Leaders' Council meetings. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Attends and keeps a log of patrol leaders’ council meetings.

2. Records individual Scout attendance and dues payments.

3. Records individual Scout advancement progress.

4. Work with the troop committee member responsible for records and finance.

5. Sets a good example.

6. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

7. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

8. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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oatrooprep md OA Troop Representative

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with SM approval

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: 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 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.

Comments: It is expected that the OA Troop Representative will be an OA member in good standing and actively promote OA membership.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

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

2. Encourages year round and resident camping in the troop.

3. Encourages older Scout participation in high adventure programs.

4. Encourages Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.

5. Assists with leadership skills training in the troop.

6. Encourages Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.

7. 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.

8. Regularly attends troop meetings, troop campouts, and troop events during his service period.

9. Sets a good example.

10. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

11. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

12. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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chaplnad md Chaplain Aide

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious awards program.

Comments: "Duty to God" is one of the core beliefs of Scouting. The Chaplain Aide helps everyone in the troop by preparing short religious observations for campouts and other functions. The Chaplain Aide does not always lead the observation himself and can have other troop members help. This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Assists the troop chaplain with religious services at troop activities.

2. Tells Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith.

3. Makes sure religious holidays are considered during the troop program planning process.

4. Helps plan for religious observance in troop activities.

5. Sets a good example.

6. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

7. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

8. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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150px-buglerpatch Bugler

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies and as requested by troop leadership. The Bugler also plays taps during evening closing ceremonies.

Comments: This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.Make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities.

2. Sets a good example.

3. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

4. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

5. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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150px-juniorassistantscoutmasterpatch Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Scoutmaster

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Scoutmaster

Description: The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18 and be an Eagle Scout. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his demonstrated leadership ability.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Functions as an assistant Scoutmaster.

2. Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster.

3. Sets a good example.

4. Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.

5. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

6. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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lnttrainer Leave No Trace Trainer

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Leave No Trace Trainer is a youth member of the troop who ensures that Leave No Trace principles are followed on all troop outings and activities.

Comments: This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Know by heart the Leave No Trace principles and be able to explain them in detail to others.

2. Instruct the troop about Leave No Trace principles before outings.

3. While on outings, ensure that Leave No Trace principles are followed, providing direction and instruction as necessary.

4. Arrive 5 minutes before the start of troop meetings.

5. Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 80%.

6. Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 30%.

7. Set a good example.

8. Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.

9. Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.

10. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

11. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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troopwebmaster Troop Webmaster

GENERAL INFORMATION

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval

Term: 6 months

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Webmaster posts information about troop outings, service projects, and other events to the troop and/or chartered organization website.

Comments: This position can be used for Star, Life and Eagle advancement.

 

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Ensures that all event dates and times are listed correctly on the troop and/or chartered organization website.

2. Obtains information about outings, service projects, and other troop events from the Historian.

3. Posts a news article about each troop outing and service project on the troop and/or chartered organization website. Articles must be posted within two weeks of the event.

4. Posts photos of troop events and service projects on the troop and/or chartered organization website.

5. Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 80%.

6. Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 30%.

7. Set a good example.

8. Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.

9. Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.

10. Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.

11. Shows Scout spirit.

 

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