Leadership Positions

“An invaluable step in character training is to put 
responsibility on the individual.”
                                                                                            - Robert Baden-Powell

Troop Positions of Responsibility
The below leadership positions count toward Boy Scout advancement. (For more information, see the Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (#32501) and Patrol Leader Handbook (#32502A) and the leadership chart below.) Absent pre-approval from the Scoutmaster, a Scout may have only one leadership position per Scout year, but may apply for more than one.

Applications must be printed from this website below or the Applications page - none will be distributed at any Troop meeting - and provided to the Senior Patrol or an adult leader. With the exception of SPL and ASPL, applications are due no later than a week before the first Troop meeting in September when Patrols will be formed. No incomplete applications will be considered and no leadership position or nomination takes effect unless the application is approved by the Scoutmaster.

Scouts in leadership positions are expected to be proactive and fulfill their responsibilities as described in order to receive credit for leadership service.  Any Scout not preforming his duties may be suspended from his leadership position and not permitted to serve again for up to six months.  Scouts will benefit from, and should be willing to participate in, formal Scout leadership training through the Theodore Roosevelt Council.



Senior Patrol Leader
The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the top leader of the Troop. He reports to the Scoutmaster and is responsible for the Troop’s overall operation.  The SPL has the following responsibilities:
  • Preside at Troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual Troop program planning conference
  • Chair the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC or Green Bar)
  • 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
  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit
The Troop votes by secret ballot to elect its SPL.  Rank and age requirements to be an SPL are determined by the Troop Committee, as is the schedule of elections. In Troop 71, an SPL must have attained the rank of Life Scout or be at least age 14 and Star Scout at the time of service. The SPL is not a member of any patrol, but may participate with a Venture patrol in high-adventure activities.




Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) works closely with the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and as follows:
  • Be responsible for training and giving direct leadership to the following appointed Scout leaders: Troop Historian, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Scribe, Librarian, Instructor, Quartermaster and Chaplain 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 Leaders’ Council (PLC or Green Bar)
  • 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
Rank and age requirements to be an ASPL are determined by the Troop Committee.  In Troop 71, an ASPL must be at least 14 and have attained the rank of at least Star Scout.  Troop 71 allows two ASPLs, each appointed by the SPL with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster. An ASPL is not a member of a patrol, but may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture patrol. 




Patrol Leader
Elected by the members of his patrol, the Patrol Leader is the top leader of a patrol and has the following responsibilities:
  • 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 (PLC or Green Bar) meetings and the annual program planning conference
  • 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
Patrol Leader Application



Scribe
The Scribe is the Troop’s secretary and has the following responsibilities:
  • Attend and keep minutes of Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC or Green Bar) meetings (not a voting member)
  • Record attendance and collect fees and permission slips for Troop activities
  • Record and announce advancements at Troop meetings and report them to the Advancement Chair
  • Work with the appropriate Troop Committee members responsible for records, and advancement
  • Handle correspondence appropriately
  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit



Troop Guide
The Troop Guide should be an experienced Scout of at least First Class rank who can work well with younger Scouts.  To meet its needs, Troop 71 allows multiple Troop Guides who have the following responsibilities:
  • 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
  • Direct, coach and support the patrol leader of the New-Scout patrol on his duties
  • Work with the New-Scout patrol leader at Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC or Green Bar) meetings
  • Aid the assistant Scoutmaster with training
  • Direct, coach and support 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
A Troop Guide is not a member of a patrol, but may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture patrol.  




Quartermaster 
The Quartermaster is the Troop’s supply boss and has the following responsibilities:
  • Keep an inventory of patrol and Troop equipment
  • Keep equipment in good repair
  • Keep equipment storage area neat and clean
  • Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order
  • Suggest new or replacement items
  • Work with the Troop Committee member 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



Scribe
The Scribe is the Troop’s secretary and has the following responsibilities:
  • Attend and keep minutes of Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC or Green Bar) meetings (not a voting member)
  • Record attendance and collect fees and permission slips for Troop activities
  • Record and announce advancements at Troop meetings and report them to the Advancement Chair
  • Work with the appropriate Troop Committee members responsible for records, and advancement
  • Handle correspondence appropriately
  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit



Troop Historian 
The Troop Historian has the following responsibilities:
  • Gather pictures and facts about past activities of the Troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, Facebook or information files
  • Take care of Troop trophies and keepsakes
  • Draft articles about Troop activities for publication
  • 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
Troop Historian Application



Librarian
The Librarian has the following responsibilities:
  • Establish and maintain a Troop library
  • Keep records on literature and written materials owned by the Troop
  • Add new or replacement items as needed
  • Have and updated literature and other written materials available for use at Troop or Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC or Green Bar) 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



Instructor 
An Instructor is an older Troop member proficient in a Scouting skill with the ability to teach that skill to others, particularly skills like first aid, camping and backpacking that are required for outdoor activities and rank advancement.  To meet its needs, Troop 71 allows multiple Instructors, who have the following responsibilities:
  • 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



Leave No Trace Trainer
The Leave No Trace (LNT) Trainer has the following responsibilities:
  • Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to LNT principles
  • Successfully complete the LNT Trainer Course
  • Help minimize the Troop’s impact on the land by teaching Scouts the principles of LNT
  • Help ensure that the Troop follows LNT principles on outings
  • Help Scouts earn the LNT award
  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit
LNT Trainer Application



Chaplain Aide 
The Chaplain Aide has the following responsibilities:
  • 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 outings
  • Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on outings
  • Lead worship services on campouts
  • Inform Scouts 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


 
Den Chief
The Den Chief works with a Den of Cub Scouts and their adult leaders and has the following responsibilities:
  • Serve as the activities assistant at Den meetings
  • Meet regularly with the Den leader to review the Den and Pack meeting plans
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouting
  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit
Serving as Den Chief can be a great first leadership experience for a Scout.  In addition to the patch, a Den Chief Cord is worn over the left shoulder.  Den Chiefs are expected to take formal Den Chief training and to connect with a local Cub Scout Den and make arrangements for their service.




Webelos Den Chief 
A Webelos Den Chief, who must be at least First Class rank, works with a Den of Webelos and their adult leaders and has the following responsibilities:
  • Help plan and assist with the leadership of Webelos Den meetings and field activities
  • Meet regularly with the Webelos Den leader to review the Den and Pack meeting plans
  • Help prepare and encourage Webelos to join Boy Scouting
  • Project a positive image of Boy Scouting
  • Set a good example
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit
In addition to the patch, a Webelos Den Chief Cord is worn over the left shoulder.  Webelos Den Chiefs are expected to take formal Den Chief training and to connect with a local Webelos Den and make arrangements for their service.




Order of the Arrow Troop Representative
The Order of the Arrow (OA) Representative, who must have undergone the Ordeal, reports to the ASPL and has the following responsibilities:
  • Attend local lodge or Order of the Arrow meetings
  • Serve as a communication link between the lodge or OA 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
  • 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



Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
A Scout at least 16 years of age who has shown outstanding leadership skills may be appointed by the SPL, with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster, to serve as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM), who has the following responsibilities:
  • Function as an Assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18 and 21 years of age or older)
  • Accomplish 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
To meet its needs, Troop 71 allows multiple JASMs.  Upon his 18th birthday, a JASM will be eligible to become an Assistant Scoutmaster.