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Scout Positions

Please refer to the position descriptions linked below to know your mandatory duties as a scout leader.
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
  • Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and 6-month program planning conference.
  • Run the monthly Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meeting. The SPL must attend all PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When not attending he must inform the Scoutmaster and the ASPL in advance.
  • The Troop 400 PLC has many important jobs:
    • 6 month Program Planning
    • Campout Planning using the Troop 400 planning checklist
    • Campout Patrol lists
    • Patrol food assignments (buyers/cooks)
    • Advancement activities
    • Monthly troop meeting planning
    • Arrange outside speakers
    • Plan patrol competitions, game nights
    • Schedule presentations from scouts (Leave No Trace, Chaplains Aid)
    • Special Event Planning (Webelos Day, Christmas Parade)
  • Must lead at least one campout during his term and should attend as many campouts as possible.
  • Assign duties and responsibilities to other Scout leaders.
  • Work with the Scoutmaster in training Scout leaders.
  • Set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

  • Must lead one campout (if available) during his term.
  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following youth leaders: Historian, Order of the Arrow troop representative, Scribe, Librarian, Instructor, Quartermaster, and Chaplains Aide.
  • Help lead meetings and activities as called upon by the SPL.
  • Guide the troop in the SPL’s absence.
  • Perform tasks assigned by the SPL.
  • Function as a member of the Patrol Leader's Council. The ASPL must attend 50% of PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. He must inform the SPL in advance when unable to attend.
  • Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop. 
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Quartermaster (QM) -Trailer
  • Keeps the troop trailer clean !!! (always, always, always!)
  • The QM has the authority to call special cleanup meetings, and if necessary, require the attendance of any and all troop members to achieve this goal! Everyone is required to help. The troop’s equipment belongs to everyone, and the QM is just the steward of it for a brief period of time. He deserves our respect and our help.
  • Must attend 50% of campouts during his term unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend, must find a volunteer replacement.
  • Function as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). The trailer QM must attend 50% of PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. He must inform the SPL in advance when unable to attend.
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
    • A hand-off from the previous QM at the change of terms is strongly suggested, with input from the adult QM (if available) also advised.
    • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
    • Patrol boxes must be jointly inspected by the QM and the acting SPL before placing them back in the trailer at a campout! All required items must be present and clean.
    • Common items (lanterns, etc.) must be complete, clean, secure.
    • Washing gear (bleach, etc.) must be separate from food.
  • Keep standard items stocked.
    • Propane, water, wood, lantern mantles, matches, oatmeal, hot chocolate, light batteries.
    • Suggest new or replacement items.
  • Work with the adult QM responsible for equipment.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit. 

Quartermaster (QM) - Shed
  • Keeps the troop shed clean and organized.
  • Must attend and assist all sessions where troop equipment is moved from the trailer to the shed for storage (summer camp, campouts, etc.), or where equipment is returned from the shed to the trailer, except when sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend, must find a volunteer replacement.
  • Function as a member of the Patrol Leaders’ Council. The shed QM must attend 50% of PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. He must inform the SPL
  • Keep equipment in good repair.
  • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
  • Suggest new or replacement items.
  • Work with the adult QM responsible for equipment.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Patrol Leader (PL)
  • Sits in the first patrol chair and leads patrol at troop meetings. Must attend 50% of troop meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend, must find APL or another volunteer in advance to lead the patrol.
  • Must lead his patrol on at least one campout during his term. When unable to attend, must find APL or another volunteer in advance to lead patrol on the campout.
  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member needed tasks and help them succeed.
  • Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings and the 6 month program planning conference. Must attend the annual planning conference and 50% of monthly PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend, must find APL or another volunteer in advance to represent patrol.
  • 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 Scout Law.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)
  • 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
  • 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 Scout Law.

Troop Guide (TG)
  • Works with the Instructors and the Scoutmasters to identify requirements needed by scouts in the troop, and to create teaching topics for troop meetings and Advancement Saturdays.
  • Should lead advancement activities on one advancement oriented campout (if available) or Advancement Saturday during his term.
  • Introduce new Scouts to troop operations.
  • Guide new Scouts through early Scouting activities.
  • Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.
  • Ensure older Scouts never harass or bully new 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. Must attend the 6 month planning conference and 50% of monthly PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend must notify the SPL in advance.
  • Assist the Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM) with training.
  • Coach individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.
  • Teach basic Scout skills.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Instructor
  • Works with the Troop Guide and the Scoutmaster assigned to his patrol to identify requirements needed by scouts in the patrol, and to create teaching topics for troop meetings and Advancement Saturdays.
  • Must attend 50% of patrol breakout meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend, must inform the Patrol Leader in advance.
  • Must attend one advancement oriented campout (if available) or one Advancement Saturday (if available) with his patrol during his term unless sick or extenuating circumstances. Must inform patrol leader in advance when unable to attend.
  • 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 Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Instructor - Leave No Trace (LNT)
  • Must prepare and present a Leave No Trace (LNT) Principles presentation at a troop meeting during his term.
  • Must prepare and present at least a few E-tip briefings at troop meetings.
  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace.
  • Help minimize the troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Help ensure that the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Scribe
  • Attend and keep a log of Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings. Must attend all PLC meetings unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend must notify SPL in advance.
  • Attend 6 month PLC planning conference and record the resulting troop calendar, sending the details to the Troop Webmaster. Must attend this planning conference unless sick or extenuating circumstances. When unable to attend must find another volunteer to perform this crucial task.
  • Attend troop weekly meetings and send summary notes to Troop Committee Chair for email distribution.
  • Handle correspondence appropriately.
  • Work with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and advancement.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Historian
  • Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and creates slideshows for the troop
  • Webmaster or for presentation at troop meetings.
  • Presents "This Day in History" at troop meetings.
  • Take care of troop trophies and keepsakes.
  • Adds ribbons to troop flag.
  • Keep information about troop alumni.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Librarian (LIB)
  • Establish and maintain a troop library.
  • Keep records on literature owned by the troop.
  • Add new or replacement items as needed. Special care is needed to make sure that merit badge books stay current as old books are replaced by new editions issued by the BSA.
  • 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 Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Chaplain's Aide (CA)
  • Provides the opening prayer at troop meetings, arriving on time to do this.
  • Keep troop leaders apprised of religious holidays when planning activities.
  • Assist the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious needs of troop members during activities.
  • Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.
  • Lead worship services and prayers where appropriate 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 Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Order of the Arrow (OA) Troop Representative
  • At least once during his term, finds and/or organizes a community service project and communicates details of this project to the troop.
  • Provides signup lists and coordinates project with the benefiting organization, Scoutmaster, and adult leaders.
  • Serve as a communication link between the lodge or chapter and the troop.
  • Encourage year-round and resident camping in the troop.
  • 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.
  • Encourage Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.
  • Encourage Arrowmen in the troop to be active participants in the 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.
Bugler
  • Play a patriotic piece of your choosing (National Anthem, Battle Hymn, etc.) at troop Court of Honor ceremonies as requested.
  • Play opening/closing music (Reveille, Taps) as requested and appropriate at campouts and outdoor events.
  • Use music to set an example of outstanding scout spirit.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout 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 or older).
  • Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit.

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