Leadership

The leadership requirement for rank advancement

Leadership is a vital part of the Scouting program. Boy Scouts in positions of leadership run the troop. They take care of the many tasks necessary for troop and patrol meetings and activities to run smoothly.

First, a reminder about the leadership requirement for rank advancement:

Star

  • While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop for four months in a position of responsibility.

Life

  • While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in a position of responsibility.

Eagle

While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in a position of responsibility.


The leadership agreement

Secondly, it is important to know that a Scout should carry out his leadership duties to the best of his abilities. Upon being offered and accepting a leadership position, the Scout will receive a contract document that he will need to sign. The contract provides a list of duties that the Scout must agree to performing as part of his leadership role. The Scout will sign the contract agreeing to the offer. The contract will also be signed by the Senior Patrol Leader and the Scoutmaster. The contract serves as an agreement between all signers. Periodically, the Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader will assess if the Scout is living up to the agreement. If the Scout is not performing at the best of his abilities, the Scout will lose his leadership position.


Leadership positions


Senior Patrol Leader

Appointed by the Scoutmaster

Reports to the Scoutmaster

Term is 6 months (or 1 year at the Scoutmaster's request)

Duties:

  • In charge of troop meetings, PLC meetings, and all troop activities
  • Does everything he can to help each patrol be successful
  • Work closely with the Scoutmaster in developing the troop program
  • Work closely with the Scoutmaster in training scouts to carry out their leadership positions
  • Set the tone for good Scout behavior by being a good example for other scouts
  • Encourage proper wearing of the uniform by wearing the uniform correctly at all times
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit


Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • 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
  • Set the tone for good Scout behavior by being a good example for other scouts
  • Encourage proper wearing of the uniform by wearing the uniform correctly at all times
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit


Patrol Leader

Elected by the members of the patrol

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Lead patrol meetings and activities
  • Assign patrol member tasks and help them succeed
  • Show and help develop patrol spirit


Assistant Patrol Leader

Appointed by the Patrol Leader

Reports to the Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Help lead meetings and activities as called upon by the patrol leader
  • Guide the patrol in the patrol leader’s absence
  • Perform tasks assigned by the patrol leader


Troop Guide

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Help younger Scouts understand how to do things the troop way
  • Help younger Scouts learn basic skills
  • Coach the patrol leader of the younger Scout patrols


Den Chief

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings.
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouting and Troop 44.


Librarian

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Establish and maintain a troop library.
  • Keep records on literature owned by the troop.
  • Have literature available for borrowing at troop meetings.
  • Maintain a system to check literature in and out.


Quartermaster

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Work with adult equipment manager to keep equipment in good order
  • Keep storage area neat and clean
  • Issue tents at campouts and make sure they are returned in good order.


Scribe

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Take attendance at all troop meetings, activities and campouts
  • Take notes at meetings.


Instructor

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Teach scouting skills
  • Help scouts earn bronze stars
  • Prepare skill lessons and teach at troop meetings


Leave No Trace Trainer

Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader

Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader

Duties:

  • Have a good understanding of Leave No Trace.
  • Successfully complete the Leave No Trace Trainer training course.
  • Help the troop practice Leave No Trace on campouts.


Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

Appointed by the Scoutmaster

Reports to the Scoutmaster

Duties:

  • Function as an assistant Scoutmaster
  • Help the Scoutmaster build and deliver the Scout program.