Positions of Responsibility

Have you ever wondered about all those different patches you see our scouts wearing? They are more than a patch, they represent a position of responsibility. Positions of responsibility are integral to the running of our Boy led Troop. Read about each position of responsibility below:

SPL | ASPL | Quartermaster | Scribe | Troop Guide | Instructor | Bugler | Librarian | Historian | Webmaster | Leave No Trace Trainer | OA Rep | Den Chief | Chaplain Aide | JASM | PL | APL

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Job Description:

The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop.

Reports to: Scoutmaster

Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  • Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
  • Chair the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meeting once a month.
  • Appointed other boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assign duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.
  • Assists with Scoutmaster in training junior leaders.
  • Delegates task to the ASPLs. Makes sure an ASPL attends any meeting/function he will not be able to attend (Troop Meeting, PLC, Committee Meeting, campout/outing etc.)
  • Oversees the planning efforts of Scouts for all Troop campouts (whether he attends these outing or not).

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

Job Description:

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking junior leader in the Troop. He is elected by the troop membership to serve a six-month term as ASPL. 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 junior leaders in the Troop.

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  • Help with leading meetings and activities as called upon by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Take over troop leadership in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed junior leaders: Scribe, Librarian, Troop Historian, Instructor, Quartermaster and Chaplain Aide.
  • Perform tasks assigned by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC).

Troop Quartermaster

Job Description:

The Troop Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Quartermaster duties:

  • Keep records on patrol and troop equipment.
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
  • 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.

Troop Scribe

Job Description:

The Troop Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Troop Scribe duties:

  • Attend and keep a log of Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) Meetings and distributes copies to PLC Members and Adult Leaders.
  • Record attendance at troop functions.
  • Record advancement in troop records.
  • Work with the troop committee member responsible for finance, records, and advancement.

Troop Guide

Job Description:

To work actively with new Scouts in the Baden-Powell program. The Troop Guides introduce new Scouts to troop operations and helps them feel comfortable in the troop.

Reports to: The Assistant Scoutmaster of the New Scout Patrol

Troop Guide duties:

  • Help new Scouts earn advancement requirements through First Class.
  • Advise patrol leader on his duties and responsibilities at Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meetings.
  • Attend Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meetings with the New Scout Patrol Leader.
  • Prevent harassment of new Scouts by older Scouts.
  • Help Assistant Scoutmaster train new Scouts by older Scouts.
  • Guide new Scouts through early troop experiences to help them become comfortable in the troop and the outdoors.
  • Teach basic Scout skills.

Instructor

Job Description:

The Instructor teaches scouting skills.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Instructor duties:

  • Instruct Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
  • Prepare well in advance for each teaching assignment.

Bugler

Job Description:

The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Bugler duties:

  • Plays bugle as requested by troop leadership.
  • Plays taps during evening closing ceremony.

Librarian

Job Description:

The Librarian takes care of troop literature.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Librarian duties:

  • Establish and take care of the troop library.- Keep records on literature owned by the troop.- Add new or replacement items as needed.- Keep books and pamphlets available for borrowing at troop meetings.

    – Keep a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out.

    – Follow up on late returns.

  • Show Scout spirit.

Historian

Job Description:

The Historian keeps a historical record or scrapbook of troop activities.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Historian duties:

  • Gather pictures and facts about past troop activities and keeps them in scrapbooks, wall displays or informational ( historical ) files.
  • Take care of troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of troop activities.
  • Provide reports about troop campouts and activities to Troop Newsletter Editor and WebMaster.
  • Keep information about former members of the troop.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Webmaster

Job Description:

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Webmaster duties:

  • Maintain Troop Website.
  • Update Troop Website in a timely manner.
  • Work with Patrols on developing Website content.
  • Work with Troop Historian and Scribe on maintaining information on Troop Information.
  • Work with Scoutmaster and Troop Committee Chair on Website content.

Leave No Trace Trainer

Job Description:

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Leave No Trace Trainer Duties:

  • Youth must have completed the 16 hour Leave No Trace Trainer Course approved by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the Boy Scouts of America, from any recognized Leave No Trace Master Educator PRIOR TO ASSUMING THE POSITION.
  • Age: The BSA Leave No Trace Trainer Course Manual restricts training to youth ages 14 and higher. Youth who have completed the required training would be eligible -if they can do the job.
  • Eligible youth must exhibit a high degree of maturity and responsibility to successfully complete the training and before assuming the position.
  • For youth who are not old enough or cannot find a Trainer Course, the Task force recommends that the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster consider appointing them an instructor. For Instructors, the Task force recommends, but it is not required, that the youth go through the BSA Leave No Trace 101 Course. This is a three hour intensive, hands-on work shop conducted by any recognized Leave No Trace Trainer or Master Educator.
  • Job Description: The Leave No Trace Trainer teaches troop and patrol members the principles of Leave No Trace, improves Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision making skills, and helps the troop and patrol to prevent avoidable impacts and minimize unavoidable impacts from their use of the outdoors. The senior patrol leader may appoint a Scout who has successfully completed the 16-hour minimum nationally recognized Leave No Trace Trainer training course to serve as a Leave No Trace Trainer. A Scout 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.
  • Recognition: New Leave No Trace Trainer position of responsibility patch presented upon completion of the Trainer Course (See patch above); a certificate of recognition as a Leave No Trace Trainer by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the LNT Trainer patch,

OA Troop Representative

Job Description:

An Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his troop, he serves as a communication and programmatic link to the Arrowman and adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. He does this in a fashion that strengthens the mission of the lodge and purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, he enhances the image of the Order as a service arm to his troop.

Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader

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.

OA Troop Representative Qualifications:

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

Den Chief (optional)

Job 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.

Den Chief duties:

  • 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, prepare boys to join Boy Scouting.
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouting.
  • Know the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Encourage Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
  • Help out at weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings.
  • Be a friend to the boys in the den.
  • Live by Scout Oath and Law.

Chaplain Aide

Job Description:

The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of the Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.

Reports to:the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (and works with the Chaplain)

Chaplain Aide duties:

  • Keep troop leader appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.
  • Assist 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.
  • Tell Scouts about the religious emblem program of their faith.
  • Help plan for religious observance in troop activities.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster(optional)

Job 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 and be an Eagle Scout. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his demonstrated leadership ability.

Reports to: The Scoutmaster

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster duties:

  • 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.
  • Attends at least 5/6 of the PLC meetings occurring during his service period.

Patrol Leader

Job Description:

The Patrol Leader is elected by the patrol and leads the patrol.

Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol Leader duties:

  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member a job and help them succeed.
  • Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meetings and at the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Develop patrol spirit.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know what patrol members and other leaders can do.
  • Set the example.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)

Job Description:

The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence.

Reports to: The Patrol Leader

Assistant Patrol Leader duties:

  • Assist the Patrol Leader in:- planning and leading patrol meetings and activities.- keeping patrol members informed.- preparing your patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • and steer patrol meetings and activities
  • Take charge of the patrol in the absence of the Patrol Leader.
  • Represent the patrol at Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meetings in the absence of the Patrol Leader.
  • Work with the other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Help develop patrol spirit.