at least 21 years old, subscribes to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and agrees to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise
and the Scout Law. Possesses the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary
to afford positive leadership to youth. Is selected by the chartered organization, and is registered as an adult leader of
the BSA. One of these members is designated as troop committee chair.
Obviously, with a committee
of three, members must assume responsibility for more areas of service than with a committee of seven or more, where the responsibilities
can be divided among the members. Although troops can and do operate with a minimum of three committee members, experience
has shown that a larger committee generally ensures a stronger, more stable troop and is better able to perform all the required
functions to ensure a successful troop program. It is also a way of involving more troop families in meaningful service to
Regardless of the size of the troop committee, these responsibilities must be performed:
- Make recommendations to the chartered organization for final approval of troop leadership.
the Scoutmaster and one or more assistant Scoutmaster, with the chartered organization's approval.
- Provide adequate and safe facilities for troop meetings.
- Coordinate the troop's
program and the chartered organization's program through the chartered organization representative.
- Help with troop charter renewal.
- Help stimulate the interest of adult family members
through proper programming.
- Supervise finances and equipment.
closely with the Scoutmaster.
- Ensure that all Scouts receive a year-round, quality program.
- Complete troop committee Fast Start Training and Basic Leader Training for the position.
with the help of the Scoutmaster, periodic training for parents and guardians.
- Cooperate with
other Scouting units.
A strong troop committee will have individual members assigned to
such areas as record keeping and correspondence, finances, advancement, training, public relations, and membership and re-registration.
The troop committee chair decides how the responsibilities should be divided and gives committee members assignments.
Troop Youth Roles
The Scout Troop is made up of patrols. A patrol is a grouping of any number of
boys who work together. Each Patrol elects its own boy Leader called a Patrol Leader. The new Scout
Patrol is composed of new members who have not entered the seventh grade. The experienced Scout Patrol
is for those boys who are age 12 and older.
The Troop’s Youth Leaders
The troop is actually run by its boy leaders. With the guidance of the Scoutmaster and his assistants. they plan
the program. conduct troop
meetings, and provide leadership among their peers.
Senior patrol leader - top junior leader in the troop.
He leads the patrol leaders' council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, appoints other junior leaders and assigns
specific responsibilities as needed.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader - fills
in for Senior Patrol Leader in his absence. He is also responsible for training and giving direction to the
Scribe, Troop Historian, Librarian, Instructor
Instructor - teaches one or more advancement skills to Troop
Chaplain Aide - assists in Troop Religious services and promotes
Religious Emblems program.
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster - a Scout 16 or older
who supervises and supports other boy Leaders as assigned.
- gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the Patrol Leader’s Council.
Assistant Patrol Leader - fills in for the Patrol Leader in his absence.
Troop Guide - Advisor and Guide to the new Scout Patrol.
Chief - works with a Cub Scout Den as a Guide
responsible for Troop supplies and equipment.
Scribe - the Troop Secretary.
Troop Historian - collects and maintains troop memorabilia and information on
former troop members.
Librarian - keeps troop books pamphlets. magazines.
audio visuals, and Merit Badge Counselor list available for use by.
Patrol Leader’s Council
The Patrol Leader’s Council, not the Adult Leaders,
is responsible for planning and conducting the Troop's activities. The Patrol Leader’s Council is composed of the
following voting members Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader’s Troop Guide, Venture
Varsity Team Captain.
The Troop's activities are selected and planned at the annual program
planning conference. The Troop's yearly plan is then submitted to the Troop Committee for approval. The Troop Committee
either approves the plan or makes alternative suggestions for the Patrol Leaders' Council to consider. At it’s monthly
meetings, the Patrol Leader’s Council organizes and assigns activity responsibilities for the weekly Troop meetings.
The Troop Committee interacts with the Patrol Leader’s Council through the Scoutmaster.