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Leadership Positions

Leadership Postions (Scouts and Adults)


  1. Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
  2. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
  3. Patrol Leader (PL)
  4. Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)
  5. Patrol Leader for the New Scout Patrol
  6. Troop Guide (TG)
  7. Venturing Crew Chief
  8. Troop Scribe
  9. Troop Librarian
  10. Troop Instructor
  11. Troop Quartermaster
  12. Chaplain Aide

Adult Leaders:

  1. Programming:
    1. Scoutmaster (SM)

    2. Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM)
      Assists in providing two-deep leadership in smaller troops.

      1. New-Scout Patrol
        Works with the Troop Guide, new-Scout Patrol Leader and Den Chief to help deliver the troop program to Scouts without experience (often 11- and 12-year olds) entering the troop.

      2. Program
        Understands the troop program and may be assigned to work with an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader in charge of program.

      3. Service
        Assists in the troop's service activities, and may be assigned to work with the Quartermaster.

      4. Technology
        Understands the troop computer and audio-visual equipment.

      5. Administration
        Assists with records and materials; may be assigned to work with the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

  2. Committee Members:
    1. Chartered Organization Representative
      The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization's contact with the district committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the unit committee chair.

    2. Committee Chair
      The unit committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The unit committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.

    3. Secretary
      The unit secretary is appointed by the committee chairman to keep minutes and records, send notices, and handle publicity.

    4. Treasurer
      The unit treasurer is appointed by the committee chairman to handle unit funds, pay bills, maintain accounts, coordinate the annual Friends of Scouting (FOS) campaign, and supervise fundraising.

    5. Advancement
      The unit advancement chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement coordinator is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.

    6. Equipment Coordinator
      The unit equipment coordinator is appointed by the committee chairman to work with the youth Quartermaster and is responsible inventory, storage, and maintenance of unit equipment.

    7. Outdoor/Activities Chair
      The unit outdoor/activities chair is appointed by the committee chairman to secure tour permits and permission to use camping site, serve as transportation coordinator, ensure a monthly outdoor program.

    8. Membership Chair
      The unit membership chair is appointed by the committee chairman to help ensure a smooth transition of new Scouts into the unit and orientation for new parents.

    9. Training Chair
      The unit training chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure training opportunities are available, maintain training records and materials, and is responsible for BSA Youth Protection training.

    10. Public Relations Chair
      The unit public relations chair is appointed by the committee chairman to inform parents of their responsibilities in Scouting and with the chartered organization. Provides news and announcements about the unit to newspapers, bulletins of sponsors, web sites, etc. Promotes and stimulates service projects, Scouting Anniversary Week, Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath, and family participation in unit events. Promotes new membership and lets people in the neighborhood know that Scouting is available.

    11. Friends of Scouting (FOS) Chair
      The unit Friends of Scouting chair is appointed by the committee chairman to work closely with the unit committee on public relations for FOS; conducts annual FOS campaign to enroll family members and adult leaders in FOS; gives recognition to contributors and enrollees.

    12. Scouting for Food Chair
      The unit Scouting for Food chair is appointed by the committee chairman to coordinate an annual food drive for the unit and reports the result to the district.

    13. Fundraising Chair
      The Unit Fundraising Chair, also called the "Popcorn Kernel" in some councils, is appointed by the committee chairman to supervise Fundraising and ensure that every youth member has the opportunity to participate in Popcorn sales or other council Fundraising events.

    14. Webmaster
      The Webmaster is responsible for oversight and maintenance of the Troop Website, PayPal, and Facebook accounts.

    15. ScoutParent Unit Coordinator
      The ScoutParents Unit Coordinator is an appointed member of the unit committee or can be an assistant unit leader. Their job is to welcome parents, keep them informed, and encourage them to help with at least one specific task or project each year. Larger units might choose to have more than one ScoutParents unit coordinator. The ScoutParents unit coordinator position became official June 1, 2008 and the position code is "PS." The ScoutParents unit coordinator must be at least 21 years old, complete an adult application, and pay the same registration fee as other adult leaders. Find Fast Start Training for unit coordinators online. Newly printed youth applications also mention the ScoutParents program. A checkbox in the parent section lets parents commit to being active ScoutParents. By entering an e-mail address, they can receive information from council, district, and unit leaders about ways to get involved. ScoutParents.org web site.

  3. Merit Badge Counselors
    "The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest." - BSA Guide for Merit Badge Counselors

    Specific Merit Badge information can be located at:  http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Merit_Badge_Worksheets

  4. Parent Volunteers