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Positions of Responsibility

Once a Scout has achieved First Class rank he must fulfill period of time in a "position of responsibility" as given below to advance to Star, Life and Eagle rank.
To get to Star rank the period is four (4) months while First Class. To get to Life rank it is six (6) months while in Star rank.
To get to Eagle rank the period is six (6) months while in Life rank.
Beyond Eagle rank - Eagle Palms - there is no specific position of responsibility requirement but the continued demonstrated leadership requirement could be demonstrated by have a position such as Junior Asst. Scoutmaster or Instructor.

Some of the positions such a SPL, ASPL, Troop Guide, Instructor, OA Representative, Jr. Asst. Scoutmaster have rank or achievement requirements restricting them to scouts who are First Class or above.

The other positions can be held by any Scout and most are needed to be filled to have the Troop function properly

Some of the positions are elected and some are appointed but all candidates must be approved by the Scoutmaster.
Keep in mind that the positions are a JOB that you are expected to fulfill for the good of the Troop.
To be sure you understand what the JOB is and what is expected of you we would like all candidates for all positions to let the SPL know of your interest.
The SPL will pass that information along to the Scoutmaster and Assistants who will arrange to talk to each candidate about their interest.


We suggest that you print this entire document out and bring it to your "JOB" interview with the Scoutmaster

The items in yellow below are additional notes on some positions.

Troop Positions of Responsibility

The following leadership positions count toward Boy Scout advancement. For more information, see the Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (#32501) and Patrol Leader Handbook (#32502A).

Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the top leader of a patrol. He represents the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference and keeps patrol members informed of decisions made. He plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities and prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities. The patrol leader learns about the abilities of other patrol members and fully involves them in patrol and troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. He encourages patrol members to complete advancement requirements and sets a good example by continuing to pursue his own advancement.
Every patrol will also have an Assistant Patrol Leader but that position does not count toward the requirement. if a situation comes up where an Asst. Patrol Leader needs the requirement the patrol could switch positions mid year to provide the opportunity Each patrol should also appoint a patrol Quartermaster to maintain equipment specific to the patrol and work with the Troop Quartermaster on Troop equipment.

Senior Patrol Leader
The senior patrol leader is the top leader of the troop. He is responsible for the troop’s overall operation. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, he takes charge of troop meetings, of the patrol leaders’ council, and of all troop activities, and he does everything he can to help each patrol be successful. He is responsible for annual program planning conferences and assists the Scoutmaster in conducting troop leadership training. The senior patrol leader presides over the patrol leaders’ council and works closely with each patrol leader to plan troop meetings and make arrangements for troop activities. All members of a troop vote by secret ballot to choose their senior patrol leader. Rank and age requirements to be a senior patrol leader are determined by each troop, as is the schedule of elections. During a Scout’s time as senior patrol leader, he is not a member of any patrol but may participate with a Venture patrol in high-adventure activities.
Since the Troop does not have an association with a Venture patrol this position is part of the "Leadership" patrol within the Troop

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The assistant senior patrol leader works closely with the senior patrol leader to help the troop move forward and serves as acting senior patrol leader when the senior patrol leader is absent. Among his specific duties, the assistant senior patrol leader trains and provides direction to the troop quartermaster, scribe, historian, librarian, instructors, and Order of the Arrow representative. During his tenure as assistant senior patrol leader he is not a member of a patrol, but he may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture patrol. Large troops may have more than one assistant senior patrol leader each appointed by the senior patrol leader.
Since the Troop does not have an association with a Venture patrol this position is part of the "Leadership" patrol within the Troop

Troop Guide
The troop guide is both a leader and a mentor to the members of the new-Scout patrol. He should be an older Scout who holds at least the First Class rank and can work well with younger Scouts. He helps the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol in much the same way that a Scoutmaster works with a senior patrol leader to provide direction, coaching, and support. The troop guide is not a member of another patrol but may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture patrol.
Since the Troop does not have an association with a Venture patrol this position is part of the "Leadership" patrol within the Troop

The quartermaster is the troop’s supply boss. He keeps an inventory of troop equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition. He works with patrol quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it, and at meetings of the patrol leaders’ council he reports on the status of equipment in need of replacement or repair. In carrying out his responsibilities, he may have the guidance of a member of the troop committee.

The scribe is the troop’s secretary. Though not a voting member, he attends meetings of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of the discussions. He cooperates with the patrol scribes to record attendance and dues payments at troop meetings and to maintain troop advancement records. A member of the troop committee may assist him with his work
The Troop handles all dues payments through the Troop committee Treasurer. The Scribe may be assigned to help with the records and collection of other payments involving camping, food, events or trips. The attendance at meeting or other events becomes a part of Advancement records passed to the Committee Advancement Chair.

The historian collects and preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia and makes materials available for Scouting activities, the media, and troop history projects.
This position also provides video or other presentation materials for Troop Courts of Honor

The troop librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. He checks out these materials to Scouts and leaders and maintains records to ensure that everything is returned. He may also suggest the acquisition of new literature and report the need to repair or replace any current holdings.

Each instructor is an older troop member proficient in a Scouting skill. He must also have the ability to teach that skill to others. An instructor typically teaches subjects that Scouts are eager to learn—especially those such as first aid, camping, and backpacking—that are required for outdoor activities and rank advancement. A troop can have more than one instructor.
With the requirement in Life rank to use the EDGE method of instruction there is a reduced need for Instructors except in special cicumstances.

Leave No Trace Trainer
The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and ensuring that the troop follows these principles on outings. He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award. He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training and earned the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges
The availability of the Leave No Trace Training is in question. If this position is of interest a secondary position (?Instructor) should also be considered for the record..

Chaplain Aide
The chaplain aide assists the troop chaplain (usually an adult from the troop committee or the chartered organization) in serving the religious needs of the troop. He ensures that religious holidays are considered during the troop’s program planning process and promotes the BSA’s religious emblems program.
The Scout Law says "a Scout is Reverent". Many Troops are associated with religious organizations but we are not and only occasionally do we have an adult Troop member with a religious commitment. If you do have an interest in this position you should discuss with the Scoutmaster how you see this job being fulfilled

The bugler plays the bugle (or a similar interest) to mark key moments during the day on troop outings, such as reveille and lights out. He must know the required bugle calls and should ideally have earned the Bugling merit badge.
Opportunities to demonstrate the fulfillment of the position are generally few and far between in the Troop. If interested you should discuss how you would fulfill the requirement with the Scoutmaster

Den Chief
The den chief works with a den of Cub Scouts and with their adult leaders. He takes part in den meetings, encourages Cub Scout advancement, and is a role model for younger boys. Serving as den chief can be a great first leadership experience for a Scout.
This position means additional time beyond Troop meetings and activities. Troop meetings take precedence over Den meetings. Be sure there aren't conflicts.

Webelos Den Chief
A Webelos den chief can help plan and assist with the leadership of Webelos den meetings and field activities. He can lead songs and stunts, and encourage Webelos Scouts to progress into the Boy Scout troop.
This position means additional time beyond Troop meetings and activities. Troop meetings take precedence over Den meetings. Be sure there aren't conflicts.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative
The Order of the Arrow representative serves as a communication link between the troop and the local Order of the Arrow lodge. By enhancing the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, he promotes the Order, encourages Scouts to take part in all sorts of camping opportunities, and helps pave the way for older Scouts to become involved in high-adventure programs. The OA troop representative assists with leadership skills training. He reports to the assistant senior patrol leader.
This position is can bepart of the "Leadership" patrol within the Troop

Troop Webmaster
The troop webmaster is responsible for maintaining the troop’s website. He should make sure that information posted on the website is correct and up to date and that members’ and leaders’ privacy is protected. A member of the troop committee may assist him with his work.
The Troop Website is currently maintained by the Adult Webmaster. This position may assist with informational postings, e-mail address collection. etc.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
A Scout at least 16 years of age who has shown outstanding leadership skills may be appointed by the senior patrol leader, with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster, to serve as a junior assistant Scoutmaster. These young men (a troop may have more than one junior assistant Scoutmaster) follow the guidance of the Scoutmaster in providing support and supervision to other boy leaders in the troop. Upon his 18th birthday, a junior assistant Scoutmaster will be eligible to become an assistant Scoutmaster.
This position is can bepart of the "Leadership" patrol within the Troop

Original email November 18, 2014
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