Leadership Positions

Having a leader ship position can teach you responsibility. If you have a leadership position you are responsible to carry out the duties required for that position.

A leadership position can also teach you a unique set of skills. If you are the bugler you must know how to make the appropriate bugle calls. If you are a den chief you must know how to work with younger children.

Holding a leadership position also gives you a sense of accomplishment. When you earn a leadership position it makes you feel able and willing to carry out the responsibilities of that position.

A leadership position also teaches you about how to help and work with others

You may also need a leadership position for rank advancement; you will need one for star scout and life scout.

If you hold a leadership position, you are responsible for whatever the duties may require for your troop.

Here are the ones offered in our  troop:

SENIOR PATROL LEADER (SPL)
a) The SPL has many responsibilities, first and foremost is leadership of the PLC and
working with the troop to develop, and implement the scouting program of their
design.
b) The SPL, serves as the Troop’s leader at all Troop functions and ensures all scouts
in their patrols are working together to achieve program goals.
c) The SPL serves as a representative of the Troop; an example is the attendance of
SPL meetings at summer camp or camporees.
d) The SPL is expected to make use of his Assistant Senior Patrol Leader(s) (ASPL),
by coordinating and delegating assignments to them.
e) The SPL is responsible to the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster(s).
f) Other SPL duties include:
1. Appointing ASPL(s) with the approval of the Scoutmaster
2. Ensures the Troop is prepared to take part in all Troop activities
3. Show and help develop Troop spirit
4. Work with other Troop leaders to make the Troop run well
5. Know what patrol members and other leaders can do
6. Set a good example
7. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
8. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
9. Initiates communication (phone/email) to scouts and responds back to the
Scoutmaster when all scouts have been contacted.
g) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class
scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above
available for the position) before considering the position of SPL.

ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER (ASPL)
a) Assists SPL in running the troop and acts as SPL in the absence or at the request of
the SPL. The ASPL is responsible to the Senior Patrol Leader.
b) ASPL duties include:
1. Performs tasks assigned by the SPL
2. Acts as SPL in the absence of the SPL
3. Actively help make sure the troop is prepared to take part in all troop activities
4. Show and help develop troop spirit
   5. Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well
   6. Coordinates with Quartermaster, Scribe, Historian, Librarian, and Chaplain’s Aide as needed
   7. Know or learns what patrol members and other leaders can do
   8. Set a good example
   9. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
   10. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
   11. Show and help develop scout spirit
   12. Assists with communication (phone/email) to scouts and responds back to the SPL when all scouts have been contacted.
c) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above available for the position) before considering the position of ASPL

TROOP QUARTERMASTER
a) Works with Adult Quartermaster or Scoutmaster to supervise the purchase,
maintenance, replacement and issuing of Troop equipment.
b) Responsible for instructing Scouts in the proper use of equipment and maintaining
inventory of Troop equipment and trailer.
c) The Quartermaster is responsible to the SPL/ASPL(s) and Scoutmaster.
d) Quartermaster duties include:
1. Acts as SPL/ASPL in the absence of the SPL or ASPL
2. Keep a record of troop equipment
3. Keep equipment in good repair and report needed repairs
4. Keep equipment storage area neat and clean
5. Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order
6. Suggest new or replacement items
7. Work with Adult Quartermaster or Scoutmaster
8. Set a good example
9. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
10. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
11. Show and help develop Scout spirit
e) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class
scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above
available for the position) before considering the position of Troop Quartermaster.

TROOP SCRIBE
a) Documents actions and decisions made in the Patrol Leaders Council.
b) The Scribe is responsible to the SPL/ASPL, and webmaster; additionally works
with the troop committee members.
c) Scribe duties include:
1. Keeps minutes of the PLC/Troop meetings and writes thank you letters.
2. Record attendance
3. Assist advancement in troop records and on Troop/Team Advancement chart
4. Work with appropriate troop committee members responsible for records and
advancement
5. Work with the Troop Webmaster keeping the troop website up to date and
accurate
6. Set a good example
7. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
   8. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
   9. Show and help develop Scout spirit
d) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above available for the position) before considering the position of Troop Scribe.

TROOP HISTORIAN
a) Documents troop activities by keeping a troop activity log and a troop community
service log.
b) The Historian is responsible to the SPL/ASPL
c) Historian duties include:
1. Records the history of the Troop activities and maintains the
2. Troop scrapbook/photo albums
3. Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in
scrapbooks
4. Take care of troop keepsakes and information files
5. Keep information about troop alumni
6. Coordinates with the Troop Webmaster to post Troop historical information to
the web site
7. Set a good example
8. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
9. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
10. Show and help develop Scout spirit
d) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class
scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above
available for the position) before considering the position of Troop Historian.

TROOP LIBRARIAN
a) Maintains and issues books and merit badge pamphlets from the Troop library.
Suggests new books to purchase and add to the Troop Library.
b) The Librarian is responsible to the SPL/ASPL.
c) Librarian duties include:
1. Establish and maintain a troop library
2. Keep records on literature owned by the troop
3. Add new or replacement items as needed
4. Have literature available for borrowing at troop meetings
5. Follow up on late returns
6. Set a good example
7. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
8. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
9. Show and help develop Scout spirit
d) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class
scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above
available for the position) before considering the position of Troop Librarian.

CHAPLAIN’S AIDE
a) Assist the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religions needs of
troop members.
b) The Chaplain’s Aide is responsible to the SPL/ASPL and works with the Troop Chaplain.
c) Chaplain’s Aide duties include:
   1. Keep troop leaders appraised of religious holidays when planning activities
   2. Plan and present prayer for all meetings and activities
   3. Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities
   4. Lead “Scouts Own” services on campouts
   5. Tell troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith
   6. Set a good example
   7. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
   8. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
   9. Show and help develop Scout spirit
d) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above available for the position) before considering the position of Chaplin’s Aide.

ORDER OF ARROWREPRESENTATIVE (OA)
a) Represent the troop at OA functions and troop activities.
b) OA Rep duties include:
1. Attend OA monthly meetings at roundtable
2. Report OA events and news to troop
3. Participate in OA functions at scout activities
4. Recruit new and existing members to take an active part in OA functions
c) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class
scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above
available for the position) before considering the position of OA Representative.

PATROL LEADER (PL)
a) The Patrol Leader coordinates the patrol’s activities; with a primary focus on
communicating with members of his patrol.
b) The Patrol Leader is responsible to the SPL/ASPL.
c) Patrol Leader duties include:
1. Patrol Leader appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader
2. Patrol Leader will read and be familiar with the information contained in the
Patrol Leader’s Handbook
3. Help Assistant Patrol Leader develop leadership skill by delegating appropriate
leadership duties
4. Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities
5. Responsible for menu prep and purchases needed for activities and outings
6. Keep patrol members informed
7. Assign each patrol member a task and help them succeed
8. Represent the patrol at all patrol leader’s council meetings
9. Prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities
10. Show and help develop patrol spirit
11. Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well
12. Know what patrol members and other leaders can do
13. Set a good example
14. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
15. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
16. Show and help develop Scout spirit
17. Initiate phone/email communication to patrol and responding back to SPL/ASPL when all patrol members have been contacted
d) A scout should be in the troop a year and attained the rank of First Class scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above available for the position) before considering the position of Patrol Leader having already served as an Assistant Patrol Leader, so he has had the opportunity to attend the Patrol Leaders Council. Exceptions to this rule must have the approval or the Scoutmaster.

ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER (APL)
a) The Assistant Patrol Leader’s job is to assist the Patrol Leader as needed,
filling in for the Patrol Leader in his absence.
b) The Assistant Patrol Leader is responsible to the Patrol Leader.
c) Assistant Patrol Leader duties include:
1. Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities
2. Keep patrol members informed
3. Prepare patrol to take part in all troop activities
4. Assist with preparation of patrol menu and purchases needed for patrol
activities
5. Lead the patrol in the patrol leader’s absence
6. Represent the patrol at all patrol leader’s council meetings in the patrol leaders
absence
7. Show and help develop patrol spirit
8. Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well
9. Set a good example
10. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
11. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
12. Show and help develop Scout spirit
13. Assists with phone/email communication to patrol and responding back to PL
when all patrol members have been contacted
d) A scout should be in the troop at least a year before accepting the position of
Assistant Patrol Leader.

WEBMASTER
a) Work with the Adult Communications Chair to develop and maintain web content.
b) The Webmaster is responsible to the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior
Patrol Leaders.
c) Webmaster duties include:
1. Meets with the Adult Communications Chair to learn how to access and create
information in the website programing language and applications. No prior
experience is needed.
2. Create one new static page for the Troop’s website.
3. Check all links of the website once a month and correct any that are no longer
working.
4. Make updates and modifications to Troop calendar and application pages following the PLC meeting. The Troop Scribe will provide the information regarding event additions, deletions, and schedules.
5. Set a good example
6. Wear the Scout uniform correctly
7. Live by the Scout Oath and Law
8. Show the Scout spirit
d) A scout should be in the troop at least a year and attained the rank of First Class scout (provided that there are scouts with the rank of First Class scout and above available for the position) before considering the position of Troop Webmaster.

web page prepared by Jacob H. 6/1/2013

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