Scout Positions

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

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Position Description: The senior patrol leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop.
Reports to: The Scoutmaster
Duties:

  • Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
  • Runs the patrol leaders' council meeting.
  • Appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assigns duties and responsibilities to youth leaders.
  • Assists the Scoutmaster with youth leadership training.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

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Position Description: 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 youth leaders in the troop.
Reports to: The senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Helps the senior patrol leader lead meetings and activities.
  • Runs the troop in the absence of the senior patrol leader.
  • Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and chaplain's aide.
  • Serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.
  • Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.
  • Wears the uniform correctly.

Patrol Leader

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Position Description: The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council.
Reports to: The senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Appoints the assistant patrol leader.
  • Represents the patrol on the patrol leaders’ council.
  • Plans and steers patrol meetings.
  • Helps Scouts advance.
  • Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts.
  • Keeps patrol members informed.
  • Knows what his patrol members and other leaders can do.
  • Sets the example.
  • Wears the uniform correctly.
  • Lives the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Assistant Patrol Leader

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Position Description: The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence.
Reports to: The patrol leader
Duties:

  • Helps the patrol leader plan and steer patrol meetings and activities.
  • Helps him keep patrol members informed.
  • Helps the patrol get ready for all troop activities.
  • Represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend.

Troop Guide

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Position Description: The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class rank in their first year.
Reports to: The assistant Scoutmaster for the new-Scout patrol in the troop
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.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Troop Quartermaster

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Position Description: The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.
Reports to: The assistant senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Keeps records on patrol and troop equipment.
  • Makes sure equipment is in good working condition.
  • Issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition.
  • Makes suggestions for new or replacement items.
  • Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Troop Scribe

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Position Description: The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.
Reports to: The assistant senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Attends and keeps a log of patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Records individual Scout attendance and dues payments.
  • Records individual Scout advancement progress.
  • Works with the troop committee member responsible for
  • records and finance.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Troop Historian

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Position Description: The troop historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia.
Reports to: The assistant senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Gathers pictures and facts about troop activities and keeps them in a historical file or scrapbook.
  • Takes care of troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of troop activities.
  • Keeps information about former members of the troop.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Troop Librarian

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Position Description: The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists.
Reports to: The assistant senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Sets up and takes care of a troop library.
  • Keeps records of books and pamphlets owned by the troop.
  • Adds new or replacement items as needed.
  • Keeps books and pamphlets available for borrowing.
  • Keeps a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out, and follows up on late returns.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Instructor

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Position description: The instructor teaches Scouting skills.
Reports to: The assistant senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Teaches basic Scouting skills in troop and patrols.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Chaplain's Aide

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Position Description: The chaplain’s aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.
Reports to: The assistant senior patrol leader
Duties:

  • Assists the troop chaplain with religious services at troop activities.
  • Tells Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith.
  • Makes sure religious holidays are considered during the troop program planning process.
  • Helps plan for religious observance in troop activities.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Den Chief

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Position description: The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack.
Reports to: The den leader in the pack and the assistant Scoutmaster for the new-Scout patrol in the troop
Duties:

  • 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.
  • Assists with activities in the den meetings.
  • Is a friend to the boys in the den.
  • Helps out at weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings.
  • Meets with adult members of the den, pack, and troop as necessary.
  • Sets the example.
  • Wears the uniform correctly.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

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Position 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. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.
Reports to: The Scoutmaster
Duties:

  • Functions as an assistant Scoutmaster.
  • Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

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The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. He will do this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge, purpose of the Order and the mission of the Boy Scouts of America. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.

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.

Qualifications:

  • Under 18 years old
  • Appointed by SPL with SM approval
  • OA Member in good standing

Reports To:

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Flow of Information
The following is a list of information that needs to flow between the OA Troop Representative and the Lodge or Chapter:

Lodge/Chapter to Unit:

  • Lodge/Chapter Calendars
  • Unit Elections visit
  • Camp Promotions visit
  • Community service project opportunities
  • Invitations to Ordeal members to obtain Brotherhood membership
  • Invitations to candidates to attend their Ordeal
  • Resource lists
  • OA Representative Registration Forms
  • Encourages OA members to be active in their Lodge and Chapter

Unit to Lodge/Chapter:

  • Does the unit conduct monthly campouts?
  • Does the unit attend a long-term camp?
  • Do the unit’s older scouts participate in high adventure programs?
  • Does the unit need assistance with its outdoor program?
  • Does the unit need assistance with community service projects?
  • Does the unit need assistance with training?
  • Do the unit’s OA members participate in Lodge and Chapter functions?
  • Name of the new OA Troop Representative
  • Reaction of the Troop members to the Lodge and Chapter program

Sources: Troop Leadership Training (TLT) and National OA web site Troop OA Rep description.

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