Position Descriptions

Troop Guide Requirements

Position description: The Troop Guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable in the Troop and earn their Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks.

Troop guide duties:

  • Introduces new Scouts to Troop operations
  • Guides new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts
  • Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank
  • Teaches basic Scout skills
  • Coaches the Patrol Leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties
  • Works with the Patrol Leader at Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings
  • Attends Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings with the Patrol Leader of the new-Scout patrol
  • Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training
  • Counsels individuals Scouts on Scouting challenges
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

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

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. Attends at least 5/6 of the PLC meetings occurring during his service period.
  • 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, PLC, Committee Meeting, etc.)
  • Oversees the planning efforts of Scouts for all Troop campouts (whether he attends these outing or not).
  • Has good attendance at Troop meeting.
  • Attends at least 2/3 of the monthly events during his service period.
  • Set a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Requirements

Position 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. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.

Reports to: The Scoutmaster

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster duties:

  • Functions as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
  • Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Patrol Leader Requirements

Position description: The Patrol Leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the Patrol Leaders’ Council.

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol leader duties:

  • Represents the patrol on the Patrol Leaders’ Council.
  • Plans and steers patrol meetings.
  • Helps Scouts advance.
  • Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts.
  • Keeps patrol members informed.
  • Knows what his patrol members and other leaders can do.
  • Sets the example, wears the uniform correctly, lives the Scout Oath and Law, and Shows Scout spirit.

Assistant Patrol Leader Requirements

Position description: The Assistant Patrol Leader leads the patrol in his absence.

Reports to: Patrol Leader

Assistant Patrol Leader duties:

  • Helps the Patrol Leader plan and steer patrol meetings and activities.
  • Helps him keep patrol members informed.
  • Helps the patrol get ready for all Troop activities.
  • Represents his patrol at Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings when the Patrol Leader cannot attend.

Order of the Arrow Representative Requirements

Position Description: The OA Rep serves as a liaison between the Troop and the local OA lodge or chapter.

Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

OA Rep Duties:

  • Encourage year round and resident camping in the Troop, older Scout participation in high adventure programs, and participation in community service projects
  • Assist with leadership skills training
  • Encourage Arrowmen to fill leadership positions in Troop, and participate in OA activities
  • Sets the example, wears the uniform correctly, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Den Chief Requirements

Position 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:

  • Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting.
  • Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks.
  • Encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout Troop upon graduation.
  • Assists with activities in the Den Meetings.
  • Is a friend to the boys in the Den.
  • Helps out at weekly Den Meetings and monthly Pack meetings.
  • Meets with adult members of the Den, Pack, and Troop as necessary.
  • Sets the example, wears the uniform correctly, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Scribe Requirements

Position description: The Scribe keeps the Troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders’ Council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at Troop meetings.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Scribe duties:

  • Attends and keeps a log of Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings.
  • Records individual Scout attendance and dues payments.
  • Records individual Scout advancement progress.
  • Works with the Troop committee member responsible for records and finance.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Librarian Requirements

Position description: The Librarian oversees the care and use of Troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Librarian duties:

  • Sets up and takes care of a Troop library.
  • Keeps records of books and pamphlets owned by the Troop.
  • Adds new or replacement items as needed.
  • Keeps books and pamphlets available for borrowing.
  • Keeps a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out, and follows up on late returns.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Historian Requirements

Position description: The Troop Historian preserves Troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia.

Historian duties:

  • Gathers pictures and facts about Troop activities and keeps them in a historical file or scrapbook.
  • Takes care of Troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of Troop activities.
  • Keeps information about former members of the Troop.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and Shows Scout spirit.

In addition to the requirements laid out by BSA:

  • The HI shall maintain a photographic record of all of our outings. If unable to attend, the HI must designate another Scout(s) to document the event.
  • Using these photographs, the HI shall assemble a photo record or scrapbook that documents the Troop’s activities. The record shall include titles for the events and a description of each of the photos.

Quartermaster Requirements

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

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Quartermaster duties:

  • Keeps records on patrol and Troop equipment.
  • Makes sure equipment is in good working condition.
  • Issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition.
  • Makes suggestions for new or replacement items.
  • Works with the Troop committee member responsible for equipment.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Chaplain’s Aide Requirements

Position description: The Chaplain’s Aide works with the Troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the Troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Chaplain aide duties:

  • Assists the Troop chaplain with religious services at Troop activities.
  • Tells Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith.
  • Makes sure religious holidays are considered during the Troop program planning process.
  • Helps plan for religious observance in Troop activities.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

Leave No Trace Trainer (new in 2010)
The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and
ensuring that the troop follows these principles on outings. He can also help Scouts
earn the Leave No Trace award. He should have a thorough understanding of and
commitment to Leave No Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace
training and earned the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.

 

Instructor Requirements

Position description: The Instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Instructor duties:

  • Teaches basic Scouting skills in Troop and patrols.
  • Sets a good example, enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.

IHM Catholic Church, High Point, NC