To prepare for your leadership position, read the below materials about the BSA leadership model, and attend the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) course given each year by the troop. There is also an optional six-day leadership training course (National Youth Leadership Training – NYLT) offered by our council and other councils, and a six-day advanced leadership training course (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience – NAYLE) offered at the four national High Adventure bases: Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Northern Tier in Minnesota, Sea Base in Florida, or Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
The Troop is led by the Scoutmaster, who is the adult leader responsible for the image, program, and orderly operation of the Troop. Our Assistant Scoutmasters aid the Scoutmaster in program delivery and supervision of the Scouts. The Troop Committee, led by the Committee Chairman, supports the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters in delivering a quality program, and handles Troop administration. The members of our Troop Committee include parents of current scouts, parents of former scouts, former scouts, and interested community members. Boy Scouts is a youth run program. All troop meetings and most troop activities are planned and run by the boys. Our adult leaders offer support and guidance, but the boys run the program.
In our troop each scout with rank of First Class or above has a leadership position in the troop. Two of the leadership positions are elected each January – senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader – while the others are appointed by the either the scoutmaster or senior patrol leader (with the exception of patrol leaders, who are appointed by their patrol s, and can be any rank).
The Troop is made up of Patrols. Each boy joining the Troop is placed in a Patrol. Patrols are the building blocks of Scouting. A Patrol is a team of six to eight Scouts. The Patrol is lead by a Patrol Leader recommended by the Scoutmaster and confirmed by the Junior Leaders. He may recommend an Assistant Patrol Leader who is also confirmed by the Junior Leaders.
The Troop is run through the “Patrol Method.” The Patrol Method helps the boys work as a unit and allows the Scouts to learn and contribute more. For example: Scouts plan their menu and buy, cook, eat, and clean up after their meals as a Patrol.
Patrols are such an important element of Scouting, that part of each Troop meeting is set-aside for “Patrol Corners”. During this time weekly dues are collected, uniforms inspected, Patrol based planning and training activities occur. At other times, a Patrol may meet outside of a Troop Meeting for a special Patrol activity.
The Boy Scouts of America is a youth run program. Primary responsibility for the planning and operation of our program, events, and activities falls to our Junior Leaders. The Troop’s Junior Leaders (“JL”s, also known as the “Green Bar” because of the green bars running through their badges of rank) are the members of the Senior Patrol. Junior leaders include the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, Patrol Leaders, Troop Guides, and any other positions the Scoutmaster deems appropriate for inclusion in the Junior Leadership ranks.
As the youth leaders of the Troop, the Junior Leaders set the example for the other Scouts to follow. A Scout who accepts a junior leadership position must take his position very seriously. A junior leader readily follows and respects the instructions of others. He will always do his best and try his hardest to complete those tasks assigned to him. He must show initiative in responding to the problems of running the Troop and the task. At all times, he must act maturely. A junior leader works hard to master his position in the Troop and to know his role and job. This in particular includes completing the research and preparation that is necessary outside the Troop meeting and other Troop activities to successfully complete his assigned tasks.
Adult volunteer leaders are the foundation on which a successful scouting program is built. We have a number of adult volunteers who serve as registered leaders, troop committee members, or in similar positions, however, every parent can assist in the support and operation of the troop. This may include working on our various fundraising activities such as our bottle drive, car wash and pancake breakfast, or by acting as a merit badge counselor, giving a skill demonstration at a troop meeting, providing transportation to and from our many trips and activities, and/or attending a troop outing or activity. Parents of scouts who are new to the troop, or who have just crossed over from Cub Scouts can observe the operation of the troop as “a youth led program” by watching the older scouts apply the “Patrol Method” of leadership. The Patrol Method provides the opportunity for the youth leaders to plan and lead activities, train younger scouts, and to develop and practice leadership skills.
Interested parents are invited to attend the Troop Committee meetings. These meetings are generally held after our monthly outdoor activity during our PLC Meeting.