This page includes basic information about how Troop 400 is organized and operates.

Concept of a Boy-Led Troop

The Boy Scouts of America program offer’s our young men the strongest program for developing core leadership values in our Nation. In our truly Boy-Led Troop, our youth are provided a 6+ year program in hands-on leadership, communications, ethical decision making and teamwork learning opportunity which is unmatched by any other youth program today.

This is a basic tenet of our troop philosophy. The Scouts run the troop. Under the direction of the Senior Patrol Leader (the highest boy-held position in the troop), the Scouts plan the year, they schedule activities, they run the meetings, they train the new scouts, they plan their own meals, and they cook their own food. Surely they will make mistakes but will learn in the process leadership, communications, ethical decision making and teamwork skills. As adult leaders, we are here to serve our scouts and grow them into better leaders. The best way to do that is to allow them to try things out, experience success and failure and encourage them to constantly challenge themselves or try new approaches and techniques.

For obvious reasons, adult leaders are also there to drive, advise the scouts, handle the money and record keeping, intervene for safety reasons, and fill other support and communication roles. But, if you ask an adult leader in our troop a question, chances are they will say, “Ask your Patrol Leader.” For more information, visit

Scout Positions, ILST, and the PLC

Scouts hold leadership positions during their Scouting career.  Elections for Troop 400 are held twice a year.  All new troop leaders are required to attend Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)  prior to the beginning of the term.  Click here for the current Scout Leadership roster (members only).

Generally every month, the Patrol Leader's Council (PLC) holds a meeting, the PLC meeting. The PLC is comprised of the SPL, ASPL, all Patrol Leaders (or Assistant Patrol Leaders), Scribe (not a voting member), and Webmaster. During the PLC meeting, details for upcoming meetings and activities are finalized, new activities are planned, issues with the troop are addressed, and information is passed to the Patrol Leaders for distribution.

Big Horn Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)

Big Horn National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Course is an intense week-long youth oriented leadership training experience where highly qualified and extensively trained youth staff use the NYLT Course syllabus to instruct qualified participants. The course uses the patrol method and models a month in the life of a troop, three meetings (one each day for the first three days) leading to an outdoor experience (the overnight outpost camp). Watch a video.

While it is not required in Troop 400, it is highly recommended that Senior Patrol Leader candidates complete this training. Many of the scouts who attend as a trainee like it so much, they return as a trainer on staff. 

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters

The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are adult leaders responsible for the image and program of the troop. They work directly with the Scouts. The Scoutmaster reports to the Troop Committee. The importance of their jobs is reflected in the fact that the quality of guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop. Duties include: Ensure that all activities are conducted under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.

Troop Committee

The Boy Scout Troop Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review. This is an important responsibility and is one area where help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who fulfill various roles on the committee. 

Click here for the Troop 400 Committee roster.

Other Adult Volunteers

There are a number of other activities that need adult support.  We expect every parent to participate in some way, and helping with these activities is a great way to help if you cannot commit to being an SM, ASM, or Committee Member.