Troop 28 is a scout-led troop. The troop elects a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Patrol Leaders who serve on the Patrol Leader’s Council along with the Troop Scribe. The PLC is responsible for planning and leading troop meetings, and works with the troop’s adult leaders to plan campouts and outings. Scouts also may be appointed to additional positions of responsibility to help run the troop behind the scenes. Scouts working on Star, Life, and Eagle ranks are required to serve in a position of responsibility for at least 4-6 months for each rank (note: Assistant Patrol Leader does NOT qualify towards the rank requirements).
A Boy Scout troop’s goal is to be a small democracy; a high performance, self-led team that achieves the goals of the Troop. With the Scoutmaster’s direction, the boys are formed into patrols, plan the troop’s program, and make it a reality. In order for that to happen, a troop relies upon Scouts serving in positions of responsibility. The key boy leaders of the troop make up the Patrol Leaders’ council. They are the senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leaders, and troop guides of any new-Scout patrols.
Scoutmaster’s Handbook – Chapter 3 “The Boy Led Troop” 2010 Printing (with slight edits)
The Guide to Advancement groups all youth positions under the title “positions of responsibility.” Taking and accepting responsibility is a key foundation for leadership. One cannot lead effectively without it. By the same token, one of the most important skills needed a effective leader of any team is the set of skills necessary to be an strong team member.
Troop 28 encourages scouts to take on increasing roles of responsibility throughout their scouting careers. As in life, leadership offers the opportunity to make a higher impact and have greater learning, but also requires more effort and commitment.
Expectations for All Youth Leaders
Elected Leadership Positions
Positions marked with an (*) are members of the Patrol Leader’s Council.
|Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)*
|The SPL is elected by Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the Troop. He leads or asks other to lead all Troop meetings, events and activities. He leads the PLC meeting and the annual Program Planning process and works with the Scoutmaster to appoint Scouts into appointed leadership positions.
|Assistant SPL (ASPL)*
|The ASPL is the 2nd highest-ranking youth leader in the Troop. The ASPL acts as the SPL when called upon and also provides leadership and training to the appointed scouts in positions of responsibility.
|The Troop Guide works with new Scouts to help them succeed and advance in the troop. He teaches basic Scout skills and represents new Scouts needs on the PLC.
|The Patrol Leader is elected by his patrol. He ensure Scouts in his patrol are successful and have fun and represents his patrol on the PLC.
|Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)
|The APL is elected by members of his patrol and leads the Patrol in the absence of the Patrol Leader. The APL will attend the PLC if requested. This role does NOT count for leadership requirements for Star, Life or Eagle Advancement.
Appointed Positions of Responsibility
|The Den Chiefs work with Pack 28 to help make the Pack successful and encourage Cub Scouts to join the Troop upon graduation.
|Instructors teach Scouting Skills to other scouts.
|The Scribe keeps troop meeting records of attendance, action items and decisions.
|The Quartermaster keeps track of Troop equipment and ensures it is organized, returned and kept in good working order and repaired or replaced as needed.
|The Historian organizes and preserves Troop photographs, news, and memorabilia.
|The Librarian organizes and maintains the Troop library including merit badge pamphlets.
|Works with the adult Webmaster to manage the Troop’s website
|The Chaplain’s Aide leads and coordinates efforts with local religious organizations and ensures religious needs of scouts are being met.
|The Order of the Arrow Representative serves as the Youth Liaison to the local OA Lodge to lead and organize service projects and encourage OA membership.
|Outdoor Ethics Guide
|The Outdoor Ethics Guide works to advance the Leave No Trace Program within the Troop.
|The Bugler (optional) makes appropriate Bugle calls, during Troop activities.
|Junior Asst Scoutmaster
|The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster must be 16+ years old and serves as a Youth Assistant Scoutmaster to help the Scoutmasters on selected activities and projects.