Troop Roles

Here is a listing of the various positions within a Boy Scout Troop.

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. (Star/Life/Eagle requirement)

Must be 14 years or older, Life rank, former ASPL or PL, and attended 90% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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. (Star/Life/Eagle requirement)

Must be 13 years or older, Star or higher, former PL, and attended 80% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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. (Star/Life/Eagle requirement)

Must be 12 years or older, 1st Class or higher, former APL, and attended 75% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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. Serving as Guide can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop.(Star/Life/Eagle requirement)

Must be 15 years or older, Life rank, former PL and any other two positions, and attended 70% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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.

No age requirement, 2nd Class or higher, no previous leadership experience, and attended 60% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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 ) Serving as Quartermaster can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop. (Star/Life/Eagle requirement)

Must be 12 years or older, 2nd Class or higher, no previous leadership experience, and attended 60% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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)

Must be 11 years or older, 2nd Class or higher, no previous leadership experience, and attended 60% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

Historian - The preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Historian can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop. (Star/Life/Eagle requirement)

Must be 12 years or older, 2nd Class or higher, no previous leadership experience, and attended 60% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

Librarian - The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)

Must be 12 years or older, 2nd Class or higher, no previous leadership experience, and attended 60% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

Instructor - The instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Must be 13 years or older, Life rank, former SPL, ASPL, or PL, and attended 80% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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)

No age requirement, no rank requirement, no previous leadership experience, and attended 60% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

Webmaster - Assistant Webmaster is an appointed (non-elected) cabinet leadership position. The Webmaster is responsible for maintaining the troop web site.

Must be 13 years old, 1st Class rank, no previous leadership experience, and attended 50% of Troop meetings over previous 6 months.

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