Star Requirement – While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop for four months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to help the troop): Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide. Life Requirement – While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following troop positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to help the troop). Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide. Eagle Requirement – While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility: Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant instructor, webmaster, or  outdoor ethics guide.

Senior Patrol Leader

The Senior Patrol Leader is the youth head of the troop. All other youth positions report to him, directly or indirectly. He is elected by the troop’s youth members as a whole, usually to serve a 6- or 12-month term.

Responsibilities

  • Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
  • Runs the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meetings.
  • Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.
  • Assists the Scoutmaster with junior leader training.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit.

Qualifications

  • 13 years old, and under 18 years old for the full term of the position
  • Elected by the Troop youth with SM approval
  • First Class Scout rank or above
  • Prior experience as SPL, ASPL, PL or APL
  • Troop member in good standing
  • See Scoutmaster or Current SPL for additional qualifications

Reports to

  • Scoutmaster

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. 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. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader under the guidance of the Scoutmaster.

Responsibilities

  • 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, Webmaster, and Chaplain’s Aide.
  • Serves as a member of the patrol leaders’ council.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Show Scout spirit.
  • Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.
  • Wears the uniform correctly.

Qualifications

  • Under 18 years old
  • Appointed by the SPL with SM approval
  • First Class Scout rank or above
  • Troop member in good standing

Reports to

  • Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol leader

The Patrol Leader is elected to lead and represent his patrol on the Patrol Leaders’ Council. He appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader. When you accept the position of patrol leader, you agree to provide service and leadership to your patrol and troop.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member a specific duty.
  • Represent his patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepare the patrol to participate in all troop activities.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know the abilities of each patrol member.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and develop patrol spirit.

Ten Tips for Patrol Leaders

  • Keep Your Word. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  • Be Fair to All. A good leader shows no favorites. Don’t allow friendships to keep you from being fair to all members of your patrol. Know who likes to do what, and assign duties to patrol members by what they like to do.
  • Be a Good Communicator. You don’t need a commanding voice to be a good leader, but you must be willing to step out front with an effective “Let’s go.” A good leader knows how to get and give information so that everyone understands what’s going on.
  • Be Flexible. Everything doesn’t always go as planned. Be prepared to shift to “plan B” when “plan A” doesn’t work. Be Organized. The time you spend planning will be repaid many times over. At patrol meetings, record who agrees to do each task, and fill out the duty roster before going camping.
  • Delegate. Some leaders assume that the job will not get done unless they do it themselves. Most people like to be challenged with a task. Empower your patrol members to do things they have never tried.
  • Set an Example. The most important thing you can do is lead by example. Whatever you do, your patrol members are likely to do the same. A cheerful attitude can keep everyone’s spirits up.
  • Be Consistent. Nothing is more confusing than a leader who is one way one moment and another way a short time later. If your patrol knows what to expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership.
  • Give Praise. The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a “Nice job” is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the efforts of the patrol.
  • Ask for Help. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don’t know how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and direction.

Qualifications

  • Under 18 years old
  • Elected by his Patrol
  • Troop member in good standing

Reports to

  • Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Guide

Responsibilities

  • Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.
  • Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank in their first year.
  • Teaches basic Scout skills.
  • Works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
  • Counsels individuals Scouts on Scouting challenges.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • First Class rank
  • Appointed by the Scoutmaster
  • Troop member in good standing

Reports to

  • Assistant Scoutmaster

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth serving his troop as the primary liaison to the troop/team’s lodge or chapter. He meets the unit’s needs by providing a communication and programmatic link to and from all Arrowmen, Scouts who are not presently members of the Order, and adult leaders. These efforts are meant to assist the unit and its members in achieving the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, and at the same time fulfilling the lodge’s role in the Strategic Plan of the Order of the Arrow of being an integral part of the council. By setting a good example, he will enhance the image of the Order as a service arm to his unit.

Duties

  • Attends troop and chapter or lodge meetings regularly as a youth representative of the troop and Order.
  • Serves as a two-way communication link between the troop and the lodge or chapter.
  • Arranges with the lodge or chapter election team to conduct an annual Order of the Arrow election for the troop at a time approved by the Patrol Leaders Council.
  • Arranges with the lodge or chapter for at least one camp promotion visit to the unit annually.
  • Makes at least one high adventure presentation to the troop, to include the OA programs, annually.
  • As requested by the SPL, participates in Troop Courts of Honor by recognizing: high adventure participation of troop members, induction of new OA members, changes in OA honors of troop members, leadership of troop members, and other appropriate activities.
  • Coordinates the Ordeal Induction process for newly elected candidates by: ensuring they know the time and location of the Ordeal, providing information of what to bring to the Ordeal, assisting (as needed) in arranging transportation to the Ordeal, and offering assistance (as needed) to the lodge in the Ordeal process.
  • Assists current Ordeal members in the troop in sealing their membership by becoming Brotherhood members by: ensuring they know the time and location of Brotherhood opportunities, assisting (as needed) in arranging transportation to the Brotherhood opportunities, and offering assistance to the lodge (as needed) in the Brotherhood process. He may also, at the discretion of the PLC, offer periodic training and discussions of OA principles, symbolism, and the Legend as needed by and appropriate for the troop members of the Order.
  • Leads at least one troop service project for the community or charter partner during the year. May also serve, at the discretion of the PLC, as the troop’s service chairman.
  • Assists the troop (as appropriate) as a trainer of leadership and outdoor skills.
  • In all cases, advocates environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace camping. Sets a good example by: wearing the Scout uniform correctly, showing Scout spirit, and living by the Scout Oath, the Scout law and the OA Obligation.

Qualifications

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

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Den Chief

The Den Chief is a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout Den Leader, Webelos Den Leader or Arrow of Light Den Leader. The Den Chief can earn the Den Chief Service Award.

Responsibilities

  • Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Helps Cub Scouts achieve the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Serves as the activities assistant at den meetings.
  • Sets a good example through attitude and uniforming.
  • Is a friend to the boys in the den.
  • Helps lead weekly den meetings.
  • Helps the den in its part of the monthly pack meeting.
  • Knows the importance of the monthly theme and pack meeting plans.
  • Meets regularly with the den leader to review den and pack meeting plans. Meets as needed with adult members of the den, pack, and troop.
  • Receives training from the den leader (and Cubmaster or Assistant Cubmaster) and attend Den Chief Training.
  • Encourages Cub Scouts to become Webelos Scouts when they are eligible.
  • Encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
  • Helps the Denner and assistant denner to be leaders.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • A Den Chief is ideally an older registered member of a Boy Scout troop who has achieved at least First Class rank
  • Appointed by SPL (with Scoutmaster approval) or SM

Reports to

  • Cub Scout Den Leader AND Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Scribe

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. He attends the patrol leaders’ council but generally is not a voting member.

Responsibilities

  • 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 (all parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by SPL with SM approval

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Librarian

The Librarian oversees the care and use of troop/team books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists.

Responsibilities

  • Sets up and takes care of a troop/team library.
  • Keeps records of books and pamphlets owned by the troop/team.
  • 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.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by SPL with SM approval

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Historian

The Historian preserves troop/team photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia.

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

  • Appointed by SPL with SM approval

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Quartermaster

The Quartermaster keeps track of troop or team equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol/troop or squad/team equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition.

Responsibilities

  • Keeps records on patrol/troop or squad/team 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 (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by SPL with SM approval

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Bugler

The Troop/Team Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop/team activities.

Responsibilities

  • Makes appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop/team activities.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is a Scout at least 16 years of age who has shown outstanding leadership skills. He is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster. A Junior Assistant Scoutmaster follows the guidance of the Scoutmaster in providing support and supervision to the other boy leaders in the troop. Upon his 18th birthday, a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is eligible to become an assistant Scoutmaster. Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

  • Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to

  • Scoutmaster

Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide works with the unit chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.

Qualifications

  • Be mature and sensitive, and have earned the respect and trust of his fellow Scouts.
  • Be at least a First Class Scout.
  • Have received or be working on the requirements leading to the age-appropriate religious emblem for his faith.

Responsibilities

  • Assists the troop or team chaplain with religious services at troop/team activities.
  • Encourages troop/team members to strengthen their own relationships with God through personal prayer and devotion and participation in religious activities appropriate to their faith (see note 1 below).
  • Tells Scouts about the Religious Emblems program for their faith at least once a year.
  • Helps recognize troop/team members who receive their religious emblems, (such as at a court of honor, see note 2 below).
  • Makes sure religious holidays are considered during the troop/team program planning process.
  • Helps plan for religious observance in troop/team activities.
  • Encourages saying grace at meals while camping or at other activities (see note 3 below).
  • Helps promote annual Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Instructor

The Instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Responsibilities

  • Teaches basic Scouting skills in a troop and patrols.
  • Schedule/Coordinate Merit Badge Counselor(s) for troop/scout instruction.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Webmaster

A troop may appoint an adult Webmaster to be in charge of the group’s Web site. This is however not an official committee position. He/she works with the youth Webmaster on what’s going on in the unit. The term is as long as needed; until a new webmaster can take his place.

Responsibilities:

  • Works with various unit members on needed topics.
  • Ensures the Web site is as youth-run as possible
  • Helps out Web site where needed.
  • Sets a good example
  • Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
  • Shows Scout spirit

Qualifications

  • Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or Troop Committee adult Webmaster

Outdoor Ethics Guide (formerly Leave No Trace trainer)

Responsibilities:

  • The Outdoor Ethics Guide specializes in teaching Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! principles and ensures that the troop follows the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly! on all outings such as camping and other outdoor activities.
  • He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award.
  • He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training or Tread Lightly! training as well as earned both the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.

Qualifications

  • Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader
  • Scouts 14 years or older who have successfully completed the official 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer training course, may serve as the troop Outdoor Ethics Guide/Leave No Trace Trainer.
  • A Scout under the age of 14, or who has not completed Leave No Trace Trainer training, may serve as an instructor teaching Leave No Trace skills until he obtains the necessary training.

Reports to

  • Assistant Senior Patrol Leader