Troop Non Committee Standard Jobs

DISCLAIMER: These job descriptions are posted here for discussion and informational purposes only. They do not represent official troop policy.

The SM and ASM position descriptions and duties are from the Troop Committee Guidebook, 1998 Edition, ISBN 0-8395-4505-3. This book is given out at leader-specific training for committee members. If you don't have a copy and wish to see one, ask the Committee Chair or somebody else who has been to the training. (Or better yet, go take the training.) The OATR Adviser job description is from the
official OA BSA web site.

The Scoutmaster

The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop.

The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster is appointed by the head of the chartered organization.

The Scoutmaster's duties include:


  • Train and guide boy leaders.
  • Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
  • Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.


  • Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
  • Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
  • Attend troop committee meetings.
  • Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation.
  • Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and charter presentation.


  • Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for all rank advancements.
  • Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are promptly registered.
  • Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
  • Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.


  • Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
  • Participate in council and district events.
  • Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature.
  • Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.

As you see, the Scoutmaster has many responsibilities.

Troop-specific duties (duties not described by the BSA):

Since Troop 760 has such a loose relationship with our Chartering Organization (CO), the Scoutmaster (SM) is elected by a majority vote of the Troop Committee rather than being appointed by the CO. The SM may also be removed from office by the Troop Committee.

  • The SM is responsible for appointing Assistant Scoutmasters to specific jobs in the troop which involve working with the boys on a regular basis.
  • The SM will seek the advice and counsel of the Committee Chair (CC) prior to making appointments that involve an on-going role and job title. (The SM need not seek advice on short term delegation of tasks which fall within his normal duties as SM.)

Assistant Scoutmasters

To fulfill his obligation to the troop, the Scoutmaster, with the assistance of the troop committee, recruits assistant Scoutmasters to help operate the troop. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity). An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster's absence.

Types of assistant Scoutmasters include:

  • Assistant Scoutmaster - New Scouts
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Varsity

A troop should recruit as many assistant Scoutmasters as possible. It has been found that many successful troops have three or more.

Additional information on Assistant Scoutmaster jobs from

Assistant Scoutmasters identified in the BSA's Troop organizational chart are as follows:

  • Assistant Scoutmaster regular (aka experienced) patrol. Assists in providing two-deep leadership in smaller troops; may be assigned to one or more regular patrols in larger troops.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - new-Scout patrol. Works with the Troop Guide, new-Scout Patrol Leader and Den Chief to help deliver the troop program to Scouts without experience (often 11- and 12-year olds) entering the troop. While not the proper title, this position is more commonly called as the "11-year-old Scout Leader" in LDS units because the LDS Primary Organization of the 11-year-old new-Scout patrol is separate from the rest of the troop, and therefore rarely has a Troop Guide.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture. Works with the Venture Patrol Leader in delivering high adventure and sports program the Venture patrol who's members are usually 13+ and of higher rank.

Assistant Scoutmasters in larger troops may be directed by the Scoutmaster to assist in skills instruction and adult assistance with delivering the troop program. Duties may overlap or assist with roles in the Troop Committee. Assistant Scoutmasters not on BSA's troop organizational chart may be assigned and charged for specific duties. Common examples are:

  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Program. Understands the troop program and may be assigned to work with an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader in charge of program.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Service. Assists in the troop's service activities, and may be assigned to work with the Quartermaster.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Technology. Understands the troop computer and audio-visual equipment.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - Administration. Assists with records and materials; may be assigned to work with the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Assistant Scoutmaster - 11-year-olds. Functions as an "assistant" to the Assistant Scoutmaster - new Scout patrol in LDS units (see above). Provides two-deep leadership in this patrol.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative Adviser

The adviser to the Troop Representative assists the youth Representative so that he might succeed in his role as the communication and programmatic link between the unit and the Lodge or Chapter. The adviser helps to include the Order of the Arrow ideals and activities in the program of the troop. Be setting a good example, the adviser enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to the unit.

Duties of the Adviser to the OA Representative:

  • Supports the youth he or she advises, helping him to fully understand the needs of the unit and the elements of the lodge and chapter structure that are responsible for support to the unit.
          • Promotes the incorporation of OA ideals into the advancement program of the unit, in unit leader conferences, boards of review, and courts of honor. Promotes recognition of members who have completed their Ordeal, achieved Brotherhood, or been inducted into Vigil Honor membership within the unit.
          • Attends lodge and chapter meetings with the youth he or she advises.
          • Insures that the OA Representative has the necessary transportation.
          • Helps the Lodge, Chapter, or Extended Elangomat in insuring that messages and documents regarding the achievement of Brotherhood reach Ordeal members in the troop/team and works with the OA Representative to assess their impact.
          • Assists the OA Representative in providing feedback to the Lodge or Chapter the reaction of the unit and its OA members to the success of the OA programs which affect the unit, including Ordeals, unit elections, call-outs, camp promotion visits, meetings and service projects.
          • Sets a good example
          • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
          • Lives by the Scout Oath, Scout Law and OA Obligation
          • Shows Scout spirit


  • A unit assistant leader or committee member at least 21 years old
  • Appointed by the Scoutmaster with the approval of the unit Committee Chairman
  • OA Member in good standing

Reports To:

  • Troop Scoutmaster
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