Troop Leadership Roles

In order to move up through the Star, Life and Eagle ranks, Scouts are required to hold a leadership position within the troop.  Troop 246 provides many opportunities for Scouts to gain this leadership experience:

 Position: Responsibilities:
 
Senior Patrol Leader

Senior Patrol Leader

  • Preside at all Troop meetings, events, activities and annual program planning conference.
  • Chair the patrol leader's council.
  • Appoint boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  • Assign duties and responsibilities to other youth leaders.
  • Work with the Scoutmaster in training youth leaders.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader


  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed youth leaders: historian, Order of the Arrow troop/team representative, scribe, librarian, instructor, quartermaster, and chaplain aide.
  • 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.
  • Function as a member of the patrol leader's council.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Patrol Leader

  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member a task and help them succeed.
  • Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Show and help develop patrol spirit.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know what patrol members and other leaders can do.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
 
Assistant Patrol Leader


  • Help the patrol leader plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Help the patrol leader keep patrol members informed.
  • Help the patrol leader prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  • Lead the patrol in the patrol leader's absence.
  • Show and help develop patrol spirit.
  • Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings in the patrol leader's absence.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
 
Troop Guide

  • Introduce new Scouts to troop operations.
  • Guide new Scouts through early scouting activities.
  • Shield new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.
  • Help new Scouts earn the First Class rank in their first year.
  • Coach the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.
  • Work with the patrol leader at patrol leaders' council meetings.
  • Attend patrol leaders' council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.
  • Assist the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
  • Coach individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
  • Teach basic scout skills.
 
Den Chief



  • 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 Webelos den chief, help prepare boys to join Boy Scouting.
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouting.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Troop Historian



  • Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.
  • Take care of troop trophies and keepsakes.
  • Keep information about troop alumni.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative
  • Serve as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop/team.
  • Encourage year-round and resident camping in the troop/team.
  • Encourage older-Scout participation in high-adventure programs.
  • Encourage Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.
  • Assist with leadership skills training in the troop/team.
  • Encourage Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop/team.
  • Encourage Arrowmen in the troop/team to be active participants in lodge and/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath, Scout Law, and OA Obligation.
  • Show and help develop scout spirit.

Librarian

  

  • Establish and maintain a troop library.
  • Keep records of literature owned by the troop.
  • Add new or replacement items as needed.
  • Have literature available for borrowing at troop meetings.
  • Maintain a system to check literature in and out.
  • Follow up on late returns.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Quartermaster


  • Keep records of patrol and troop equipment.
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
  • Keep equipment storage area neat and clean.
  • 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.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Scribe


  • Attend and keep a log of patrol leaders' council meetings.
  • Record attendance and dues payment of all troop members.
  • Record advancement in troop records and on the Troop/Team Advancement chart.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Work with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and advancement.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
  • Handle correspondence appropriately.
 
Instructor




  • Instruct Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
  • Prepare well in advance for each teaching assignment.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Chaplain Aide


  • Keep troop leaders appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.
  • Assist the troop 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.
  • Lead worship services on campouts.
  • Tell troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster



  • Function as an assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18 and 21 years of age and older).
  • Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Leave No Trace Trainer


  • Teach Leave No Trace principles and ensures that the troop follows these principles on outings.
  • Help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award.
  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.
 
Troop Webmaster


  • Maintains the troop website.
  • Ensures information posted is up to date and that members' and leaders' privacy is protected.
  • Works with the troop committee member responsible for the website.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.