Troop: Comprised of youth members divided into patrols.
Patrols: A patrol is a group of preferably five to eight boys that work together as a team. Each patrol, with the guidance from the Scoutmaster, chooses its own patrol leader. Once per year, usually in the spring when new Scouts cross over from Cub Scouts, the patrol enrollment is reviewed and leveled across the whole troop to avoid overloading any particular patrol leader in the upcoming year.
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC): This group, headed by the Senior Patrol Leader, presides as the primary body that plans troop activities. The members of the council are the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, a Patrol Leader from each patrol, Troop Guide, Troop Scribe, and the Scoutmaster. The Senior Patrol Leader reviews activities from the prior year and evaluates the continuation of those activities. During the PLC, the SPL opens the floor for additional troop activities that the youth expressed interest in doing. Occasionally, training is provided to the Patrol Leaders for upcoming events. The Patrol Leader trains his patrol in those techniques.
Youth Leadership Positions: The list of junior leadership positions and duties are given below. A complete description of positions and duties is contained in the Junior Leader Handbook available at the council service center.
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
- Presides at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conference.
- Runs the Patrol Leader Council meeting.
- Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and council of the Scoutmaster.
- Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.
- Assists the Scoutmaster with junior leader training.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
- Reports to the Senior Patrol Leader.
- 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 Scribe, Quartermaster, Historian, Librarian, Instructor, and Chaplain Aide.
- Serves as a member of the Patrol Leader Council.
Patrol Leader (one per patrol)
- Plans and leads patrol meetings.
- Reports to Senior Patrol Leader.
- Keeps patrol members informed.
- Appoints Assistant Patrol Leader for his own patrol.
- Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
- Develops patrol spirit and control.
- Supports advancement for the patrol.
- Represents his patrol at the monthly Patrol Leaders Council meeting.
Assistant Patrol Leader
- Reports to Patrol Leader
- Assists Patrol Leader in planning and leading patrol meetings.
- Helps the patrol get ready for troop activities.
- Helps to keep patrol members informed.
- Runs the patrol and attends PLC meetings in the absence of the Patrol Leader.
- Assists in developing patrol spirit and control.
Venture Crew Chief
- Develops an active program for the Venture Crew.
- Provides leadership during crew high-adventure activities.
- Keeps crew members informed.
- Represents the crew at all Patrol Leader Council meetings.
- Locates and secures resources necessary for crew's activities.
Den Chief / Webelos Den Chief
- Works with a Den of Cub Scouts or Webelos led by a Den Leader.
- Serves as the activities assistant at den meetings.
- Assists the Den Leader.
- Projects a positive image of Boy Scouting and acts as a recruiter by bringing graduating Webelos into the troop.
- Assists Chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members while on activities.
- Tells members of the religious emblem program of their faith.
- Keeps records of patrol and troop equipment.
- Keeps equipment in good repair.
- Issues equipment and sees that it is returned in good repair.
- Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.
- Establishes and maintains a troop library.
- Maintains library of merit badge pamphlets and other troop literature.
- Maintains list of merit badge counselors.
- Gathers pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keeps them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.
- Takes care of troop trophies and keepsakes.
- Photographs trips and meeting activities.
- Gathers information from patrol scribes for the troop newsletter.
- Works with patrol scribes to publish monthly newsletter.
- Collects dues, keeps attendance, and gathers uniform inspection sheets.
- Keeps track of schedules and times at troop outings.
- Plays bugle for Reveille and Taps.
- Instructs scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
- Assists with advancement and learning.
- Helps Scouts with problems.
- Preferably a scout with the rank of Star or higher.
- Guides new scouts through early troop experiences to help them become comfortable in the troop and the outdoors.
- Prevents harassment of the new scouts by older scouts.
- Assists new Patrol Leaders and attends PLC meetings with them.
- Appointed by Scoutmaster.
- Attends Order of the Arrow functions
- Keeps OA members apprised of functions, events and conclaves
- Encourages troop to vote members into the OA