Scout Leadership Positions
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - Elected
The Senior Patrol Leader is the leader of the Troop (the Scoutmaster serves an advisory/guidance role). The SPL is responsible for the Troop's overall operation. He is in charge of Troop meetings, heads the Patrol Leaders' Council, and is in charge of all Troop activities. He does everything he can to help each patrol be successful. The SPL presides over the Patrol Leaders' Council and works closely with each Patrol Leader to plan Troop meetings and make arrangements for troop activities. To become SPL a Scout must have attained his First Class Rank and attend a majority of meetings. The SPL is first elected as the ASPL. After six months of training, the ASPL assumes the role of SPL. During a Scout's time as SPL, he is not a member of any patrol but may participate with a Venture patrol in high-adventure activities.
The relationship of the SPL and the Scoutmaster should be one of mutual friendship and admiration. You'll see this displayed before every meeting of the troop as the SPL and the Scoutmaster review the agenda. You can expect to see them together again at the conclusion of the meeting, discussing how everything went and what adjustments or assignments should be made before the troop's next activity.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) -Elected
The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is elected by secret ballot with the approval of the Scoutmaster. For six months he trains for the SPL position, then becomes the SPL. Among the ASPL's specific duties are providing training and guidance for the troop's other positions: quartermaster, scribe, Order of the Arrow representative, historian, librarian, and instructors. He serves in place of the SPL at meetings and events when the SPL must be absent. The ASPL is not a member of a patrol but may take part in the activities of a Venture patrol.
Patrol Leader - Elected
The Patrol Leader represents his Patrol at all Patrol Leaders' Council meetings. He solicits ideas and concerns from members of his Patrol and keeps members of his Patrol informed of decisions made by the Patrol Leaders' Council. He plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating Patrol meetings and activities. He helps the patrol prepare to participate in all Troop activities. He learns about the abilities of other Patrol members and fully involves them in Patrol and Troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. Each patrol is responsible for a game at each meeting.
Assistant Patrol Leader - Appointed
Each Patrol Leader appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) to serve concurrently with the Patrol Leader's six month term of office. The APL helps in leading the Patrol and substitutes for the Patrol Leader whenever the Patrol Leader is absent. The Assistant Patrol Leader should attend Troop Junior Leader Training and Patrol Leader's Council meeting whenever possible.
Chaplain Aide - Volunteer
The chaplain Aide assists the Troop Chaplain (an adult from the troop committee or the chartered organization) in conducting the Troop's religious observances. He sees that religious holidays are considered during program planning, and he promotes the religious emblems program. He encourages Troop members to strengthen their own relationship with God through personal prayer and devotions and participation in religious activities. He serves as the youth coordinator for the observance of the annual Scout Sunday each February. He is sensitive to the various theological and religious positions embraced by the faiths represented in the Troop, and acts accordingly.
Historian - Volunteer
The troop historian collects and preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. He may also gather and organize information about the troop's former members and leaders, and make those materials available for Scouting activities, media contacts, and troop history projects. Troop displays prepared by the historian can be used during courts of honor, troop open houses, and other special Scouting occasions.
Instructor - Volunteer
Each instructor is an older troop member who is proficient in Scouting skills and has the ability to teach those skills to others. The subjects that instructors may wish to teach include any of the areas that Scouts want to master, especially those such as first aid, camping, backpacking, orienteering, and others required for outdoor activities and rank advancement. A troop may have more than one instructor.
Tenderfoot Requirements #1, #2, #11
Second Class Requirements #2b, #2c, #2d, #2e, #2f
Tenderfoot Requirement #3
Second Class Requirement #2g
First Class Requirements #4a, #4b, #4c, #4d, #4e
First Aid Instructor
Tenderfoot Requirements #12a, #12b
Second Class Requirements #6a, #6b, #6c
First Class Requirements #8b, #8c, #8d
Hiking & Orienteering Instructor
Tenderfoot Requirements #5, #9, #11
Second Class Requirements #1a, #1b, #5
First Class Requirements #1, #2, #6
Knots & Lashings Instructor
Tenderfoot Requirements #4a, #4b
First Class Requirements #7a, #7b, #7c, #8a
Swimming and Lifesaving Instructor
Tenderfoot Requirement #9
Second Class Requirements #7a, #7c
First Class Requirements #9a, #9c
Librarian - Volunteer
The troop librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, merit badge pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, diskettes, and lists of merit badge counselors. He checks out these materials to Scouts and leaders and maintains records to ensure that all items are returned. He may also suggest the purchase of new literature and report the need to repair or replace any current items.
Order of the Arrow Representative - Volunteer
An Order of the Arrow representative can be appointed by the senior patrol leader to be a link between the troop and the local Order of the Arrow lodge. By enhancing the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, the representative promotes the OA, urges troop members to take part in resident camping, and encourages older Scouts to seek out opportunities for high adventure. The OA representative assists with leadership skills training in the troop and supports fellow Arrowmen undertaking unit leadership roles: He reports to the assistant senior patrol leader.
Quartermaster - Volunteer
The Troop Quartermaster is the Troop's supply boss. He keeps an inventory of Troop equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition. He works with Patrol Quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it, and at meetings of the Patrol Leader's Council reports on the status of equipment in need of replacement and repair. In carrying out his responsibilities he may have the guidance of the Troop Committee's Equipment Chair.
Scribe - Volunteer
The scribe is the Troop's secretary. He keeps the minutes of the patrol leaders' council meetings but is not a voting member of the council (no green bar). The scribe may also keep attendance records of other troop activities, such as campouts and service projects. During troop meetings, he works with patrol scribes to ensure the accurate recording of attendance and payment of dues, and to keep advancement records up-to-date. The scribe is also be responsible for maintaining the troop Web calendar with information that is current and correct. An adult who is a member of the troop committee may be assigned to help the troop scribe carry out his responsibilities. http://www.google.com/calendar/render?tab=mc&pli=1&gsessionid=-6gcX__R0HE
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