Troop Leadership

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Senior Patrol Leader
The senior patrol leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and the patrol leaders’ council meeting. He appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader.
image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Troop Guide
The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
Assistant Patrol Leader
The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence. He represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend. The assistant patrol leader position does not count towards leadership requirements for Star, Life, or Eagle.
image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Quartermaster
The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol and troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Scribe
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. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Historian
The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Librarian
The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Instructor
The instructor teaches Scouting skills.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Chaplain Aide
The chaplain 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. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Life_icon19.jpg/image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Den Chief
The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
The junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) 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.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Order of the Arrow Representative
The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Webmaster
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Leave No Trace Trainer
image: Life_icon19.jpg Bugler
The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. (Appointed by the SPL)


Detailed Descriptions

Scout troops are run by Scout leaders who are elected or appointed from and by the troop’s Scout membership. These Scout leaders are responsible for seeing that the troop runs well, grows, and meets the needs of the members. The number of Scout leaders can change over time, depending on the size and needs of the troop.   Each of these positions are responsible to:

  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Demonstrate and help develop Scout Spirit

Senior Patrol Leader

  • Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conference.
  • Chair the patrol leaders’
  • Appoint Scout leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  • 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.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed Scout leaders: historian, Order of the Arrow troop representative, scribe, librarian, instructor, quartermaster, and chaplain
  • Help lead meetings and activities as called upon by the senior patrol leader.
  • Guide the troop in the senior patrol leader’s
  • Perform tasks assigned by the senior patrol
  • Function as a member of the patrol leaders’ council.
  • Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop.

Patrol Leader

  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and
  • Keep patrol members
  • Assign each patrol member needed tasks and help them succeed.
  • Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning
  • 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.

Assistant Patrol Leader

  • 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
  • Show and help develop patrol spriit
  • Represent the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings in the patrol leader’s absence.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.

Troop Guide

  • Introduce new Scouts to troop
  • 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
  • Help new Scouts earn the First Class rank in their first
  • 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.
  • Assist the assistant Scoutmaster with training
  • Coach individual Scouts on Scouting
  • Teach basic Scout Skills

Den Chief

  • Serve as the activities assistant at den
  • Meet regularly with the den leader to review the den and pack meeting plans.
  • If serving as a Webelos den chief; help prepare boys to join Boy Scouting.
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouts


  • Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information
  • Take care of troop trophies and
  • Keep information about troop

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

  • 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 lodge and/or chapter activities and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.


  • Establish and maintain a troop library
  • Keep records on literature owned by the troop.
  • Add new or replacement items as needed
  • Have literature available for borrowing at troop
  • Maintain a system to check literature in and out
  • Follow up on late returns


  • Keep records of patrol and troop equipment.
  • Keep equipment in good working condition
  • Keep equipment storage area neat and orderly
  • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
  • Suggest new or replacement equipment
  • Work with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.


  • Attend and keep a log of patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Record attendance and dues payments of all troop members.
  • Record advancement in troop records and on the troop advancement chart.
  • Work with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for finance, records, and bookkeeping
  • Handle correspondence


  • Instruct Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
  • Prepare well in advance for each teaching

Chaplain Aide

  • 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 while on camp outs
  • Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on
  • Lead worship services on camp outs
  • Tell troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith.


  • Establish and maintain a safe and secure troop
  • Ensure the troop website is a positive reflection of Scouting for the public.
  • Manage the troop’s electronic communication tools.
  • Work with the Scouts to provide up-to-date troop website
  • Work with the historian and scribe

Leave No Trace Trainer

  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace.
  • Successfully complete the Leave No Trace Trainer training
  • Help minimize the troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the principles of Leave No
  • Help ensure that the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings.

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.