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Boy Scout Troop 70
(St. Albans, Vermont)
 
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Troop Officers


Troop 70 is a boy led troop encompassing the Patrol method developed by Baden Powell in accordance with the principles of the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America. The Troop Officers therefore provide the leadership for the Troop. A core group of these officers make up the membership of a planning committee known as the Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC). The PLC is the primary group responsible for the organization, planning and carrying out of troop activities as well as providing the initial layer of discipline for the Troop.

Acronyms Used on this page


 
Leadership in scouting is full of acronyms.

To make this page easier, here's a list.

  APL Assistant Patrol Leader 
           
  ASM   Assistant Scoutmaster
           
               
ASPL
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
           
  JASM Junior Assistant Scoutmaster            
  OATR Order of the Arrow Troop Representative            
  PL                     
Patrol Leader            
  PLC Patrol Leaders' Council
           
  QM Quartermaster            
  SM   Scoutmaster            
  SPL Senior Patrol Leader            
  TG Troop Guide            

The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)


·       The PLC is made up of the following Troop Officers: SPL, ASPL, Troop Guides, Scribe, and Patrol Leaders (or Assistant Patrol Leaders in the absence of a Patrol Leader). All other officers need not be present at the PLC, but will submit a monthly report to the ASPL, who will in turn, incorporate those notes into his PLC report. The PLC is advised by the Scoutmaster(SM) and Assistant Scout Master(s) (ASM.) In general, major activities requiring travel or money expenditure need to be cleared with the (adult) Troop Committee.

·       All terms of office are currently for 6 or 12 month terms. Terms run from August to July, August to January and February to August.  (see schedule above)

  • Patrol Leaders are elected by their patrols.
  • The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the troop and will become Senior Patrol Leader the following year provided he has served the troop well and can continue to serve.
  • Others positions are appointed by the SPL with final approval by the SM.   

·      PLC meetings are held monthly, and may be called by the SPL or other leaders as required.

·      The rank requirements (Star, Life, Eagle) to hold a troop leadership positions are not fulfilled by winning an election or being appointed a position, but by consistently and thoroughly performing the duties of the office, demonstrating leadership, and being present as much as possible. Officers not performing their duties will, at a minimum, lose part or all credit for time served, and possibly be asked to resign and be replaced. Each officer should come to each troop activity prepared with a plan of action to fulfill the role required by his position. Close supervision or direction by senior scouts or adult leaders is not indicative of failing to fulfill the obligations of an office. The offices of the troop are considered positions of service, not power or prestige.

Positions


There are a number of positions available to Scouts in the Troop. The Troop may not fill all positions and sometimes a scout may be asked to take on the responsibilities of multiple positions.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
Patrol Leader (PL)
Troop Quartermaster
Troop Scribe
Troop Guide
Instructor
Bugler
Librarian
Outdoor Ethics Guide
Historian
OA Troop Representative
Den Chief
Chaplain Aide
Webmaster
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM)
Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) *Does not count as a leadership position for advancement

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)


Job Description:

The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the executive officer of the troop who works closely with the scoutmaster and other adult leaders as well as the PLC. The SPL is selected by the SM with agreement from the ASMs. He is responsible for leading PLC meetings to plan and organize troop activities. He is responsible, with the help of the other members of the PLC, to plan and carry out the troop meetings. The SPL is the primary officer responsible for discipline in most activities. He is responsible with the help of the other members of the PLC for planning and carrying out all troop camp-outs or other outings. In particular the SPL is responsible, with the Troop Quartermaster for selecting troop gear to take on camp-outs. When the SPL cannot be present, he should ensure that a senior member of the PLC (usually the ASPL) will be present to conduct the meeting, organize the camp-out, etc. The SPL, at the direction of the Scoutmaster, is responsible for writing a summary of accomplishments at the end of each term of office. At all times the SPL must be aware that he is the primary role model for the scout troop and he should demonstrate leadership and provide a living example of the following the principles of scouting.

Reports to: Scoutmaster (SM)

Adult Mentor: Scoutmaster (SM)

Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  •     Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
  •     Chairs and regularly attends the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) monthly meetings occurring during his service period.
  •     Collects PLC reports from the Troop Guides and uses them to generate the Troop Meeting Planner and Camp-out Activities Planner.
  •     Appointed other boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
  •     Assign duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.
  •     Assists with Scoutmaster in training junior leaders.
  •     Delegates task to the ASPLs. Makes sure an ASPL attends any meeting/function he will not be able to attend (troop, PLC, Committee Meeting, etc.)
  •     Oversees the planning efforts of Scouts for all Troop camp-outs (whether he attends these outing or not).
  •     Regularly attends troop meetings, troop camp-outs, and troop events during his service period.
  •     Set a good example.
  •     Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  •     Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  •     Show Scout spirit.

Senior Patrol Leader Qualifications:

     Although Life Scout is not required, it is recommended. The Scoutmasters make their decision for SPL based on a number of factors like maturity, leadership, knowledge and training. Rank advancement is a factor, but the decision will ultimately be based on the proper fit for the troop.

Counts toward rank: Life/Eagle

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)


Job Description:

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) is the assistant to the SPL. The ASPL is selected jointly by the SPL and Scoutmasters. The ASPL should be ready at all times to assist the SPL in any duty or to assume the role of the SPL in his absence. Assigned duties may require planning or conducting troop meetings, camp-outs. etc.

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Adult Mentor: Scoutmaster (SM) 

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader duties:

  •     Help with leading meetings and activities as called upon by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  •     Take over troop leadership in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.
  •     In the absence of the Troop Scribe, Historian, or Quartermaster should be prepared to perform the duties of those offices on a temporary basis.
  •     Perform tasks assigned by the Senior Patrol Leader.
  •     Assist in the training of younger scouts along with the Troop Guide and Instructors.
  •     Guide the Troop Historian and the Troop Librarian.
  •     Regularly attends troop meetings, troop camp-outs, and troop events during his service period.
  •     Provide a role model to the troop of cheerful service and an example of following the principles of scouting.
  •     Enthusiastically wear the Scout Uniform correctly.
  •     Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  •     Show Scout spirit.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Qualifications:

     Although Star Scout is not required, it is recommended. The Scoutmasters and SPL make their decision for ASPL based on a number of factors like maturity, leadership, knowledge and training. Rank advancement is a factor, but the decision will ultimately be based on the proper fit for the troop.

Counts toward rank: Star, Life, Eagle

Patrol Leader (PL)


Job Description:

    The Patrol Leader is elected by the patrol and leads the patrol.

Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

Adult Mentor: Scoutmaster (SM)

Patrol Leader duties:

  •     Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  •     Keep patrol members informed.
  •     Assign each patrol member a job and help them succeed.
  •     Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings and at the annual program planning conference.
  •     Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.
  •     Develop patrol spirit.
  •     Regularly attends troop meetings, troop camp-outs, and troop events during his service period.
  •     Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  •     Know what patrol members and other leaders can do.
  •     Set the example.
  •     Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  •     Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  •     Show Scout spirit.

Patrol Leader Qualifications:

     1st Class Scout

Counts toward rank: Star, Life, Eagle

...More Positions to Come...