Scout Leadership Positions

Individual Scout Roles and Responsibilities within the Troop

About Scout Positions
Scout troops are run by Scout leaders who are elected or appointed from and by the troop’s Scout membership. These Scout leaders are responsible for seeing that the troop runs well, grows, and meets the needs of the members. The number of Scout leaders can change over time, depending on the size and needs of the troop. The following is a summary of the responsibilities of each position in a typical troop. Click a title below to go directly to the position description. A position description card, the Boy Scout Handbook, the Scoutmaster Handbook, and your Scoutmaster can provide additional details for each position.

Elections for leadership positions are currently held every 6 months (December & June).  You may apply for a vacant position at anytime.  To apply for a currently held position, submit your Leadership Application to the Scoutmaster.

 

Any Rank First Class or higher Star or higher
Chaplain Aide Assistant Patrol Leader Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Historian Den Chief Junior ASM*
Librarian Instructor Senior Patrol Leader
Quartermaster Leave No Trace Trainer
Scribe OA Representative
Patrol Leader
Troop Guide
Webmaster

 

Senior Patrol Leader
• Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conference.
• Chair the patrol leaders’ council.
• Appoint Scout leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
• Assign duties and responsibilities to other Scout leaders.
• Work with the Scoutmaster in training Scout leaders.
• Set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
* Suggested Rank: Star or higher
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Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
• Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed Scout leaders: historian, Order of the Arrow troop representative, scribe, librarian, instructor, quartermaster, and chaplain aide.
• Help lead meetings and activities as called upon by the senior patrol leader.
• Guide the troop in the senior patrol leader’s absence.
• Perform tasks assigned by the senior patrol leader.
• Function as a member of the patrol leaders’ council.
• Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
* Suggested Rank: Star or higher
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Patrol Leader
• Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
• Keep patrol members informed.
• Assign each patrol member needed tasks and help them succeed.
• Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
• Prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
• Show and help develop patrol spirit.
• 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 Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Assistant Patrol Leader
• Help the patrol leader plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
• Help the patrol leader keep patrol members informed.
• Help the patrol leader prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
• Lead the patrol in the patrol leader’s absence.
• Show and help develop patrol spirit.
• Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings in the patrol leader’s absence.
• Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Troop Guide
• Introduce new Scouts to troop operations.
• Guide new Scouts through early Scouting activities.
• Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
• Ensure older Scouts never harass or bully new Scouts.
• Help new Scouts earn the First Class rank in their first year.
• Coach the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.
• Work with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
• Attend patrol leaders’ council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.
• Assist the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
• Coach individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
• Teach basic Scout skills.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Den Chief
• Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings.
• Meet regularly with the den leader to review the den and pack meeting plans.
• If serving as a Webelos den chief; help prepare boys to join Boy Scouting.
• Project a positive image of Boy Scouting.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Historian
• Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.
• Take care of troop trophies and keepsakes.
• Keep information about troop alumni.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
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Order of the Arrow Troop Representative
• Serve as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop.
• Encourage year-round and resident camping in the troop.
• Encourage older-Scout participation in high-adventure programs.
• Encourage Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.
• Assist with leadership skills training in the troop.
• Encourage Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.
• Encourage Arrowmen in the troop to be active participants in lodge and/or chapter activities
and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and OA Obligation.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Librarian
• Establish and maintain a troop library.
• Keep records on literature owned by the troop.
• Add new or replacement items as needed.
• Have literature available for borrowing at troop meetings.
• Maintain a system to check literature in and out.
• Follow up on late returns.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
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Quartermaster
• Keep records of patrol and troop equipment.
• Keep equipment in good repair.
• Keep equipment storage area neat and clean.
• Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
• Suggest new or replacement items.
• Work with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
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Scribe
• Attend and keep a log of patrol leaders’ council meetings.
• Record attendance and dues payments of all troop members.
• Record advancement in troop records and on the troop advancement chart.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Work with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and advancement.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
• Handle correspondence appropriately.
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Instructor
• Instruct Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
• Prepare well in advance for each teaching assignment.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Chaplain Aide
• Keep troop leaders apprised of religious holidays when planning activities.
• Assist the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members while on activities.
• Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.
• Lead worship services on campouts.
• Tell troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
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Webmaster
• Establish and maintain a safe and secure troop website.
• Ensure the troop website is a positive reflection of Scouting for the public.
• Manage the troop’s electronic communication tools.
• Work with the Scouts to provide up-to-date troop information.
• Work with the scribe.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
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Leave No Trace Trainer
• Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace.
• Successfully complete the Leave No Trace Trainer training course.
• Help minimize the troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the principles of
Leave No Trace.
• Help ensure that the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
* Suggested Rank: First Class or higher
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Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
• Function as an assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18 and 21 years of age or older).
• Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.
• Set a good example.
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
• Show and help develop Scout spirit.
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-From Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops, 2011