TROOP ORGANIZATION

TROOP STRUCTURE

The general operation of the Troop is in the hands of it's boy leadership. The adult leaders are there to provide guidance and training. You should expect there will be some communications and logistical problems as a result of this approach -but we all learn from our mistakes. Any Scout who has a concern about anything in the program should follow the "chain of command" seeking a solution. The chain of command is: Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster and then the Scoutmaster .

The Troop consists of smaller groups called patrols. Each Patrol is made up of from 6 to 8 Scouts. The Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader are elected by the Scouts within each Patrol. The Patrol Scribe and Quartermaster are appointed by the Patrol Leader with the approval of the Senior Patrol Leader. Prior to Patrol Leader elections there is a Troop election for the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe and Quartermaster. Generally, each appointment or election is valid for a six month period in order to give all Scouts an opportunity to hold a leadership position.

In addition to the elected posts there are several leadership positions which may be appointed by the Scoutmaster and are based on the needs of the Troop. These are: Troop Guide, Historian, Librarian, Instructor, Chaplain, Bugler and Den Chief.

PATROL LEADER'S COUNCIL (PLC)

The Patrol Leader's Council (PLC) is composed of the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Scribe, Troop Quartermaster, Troop Guides, Patrol Leaders, Scoutmaster and one adult leader as appointed by the Scoutmaster.

The PLC is responsible for the program planning of the Troop and for making recommendations to the Troop Committee. The PLC plans and organizes all Troop activities. The Troop Committee provides logistical support for these activities, files the necessary paperwork with the Council office and provides assistance as requested. The PLC also serves as the Troop grievance committee for certain levels of infractions, as determined by the Scoutmaster. The PLC listens to facts as presented by the appropriate parties and makes recomedations to the Scoutmaster or his designated representative for action. The PLC is NOT empowered to take unilateral action on any grievance.

TROOP LEADERSHIP POSITION REQUIREMENTS

All Troop Leaders are expected to attend all meetings (both regular and PLC) and outings. In the event the Scout cannot attend an event, it is his responsibility to find a replacement. Troop Leaders are expected to try and do their jobs 100% of the time. In order for a leadership position to be counted toward rank advancement, the Scout must successfully complete his term of office and his performance may be reviewed by the Scoutmaster and PLC.

TROOP & PATROL LEADERSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTIONS

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM):

Appointment: Appointed by Scoutmaster
Age: 16 years old by date of appointment
Rank:Eagle or as approved by Committee
Prior Experience: Senior Patrol Leader
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of six months
Other:Has demonstrated through his continued involvement and leadership in the Troop that he has truly accepted the "Eagle Challenge" and desires to contribute to the betterment of the Scouting program.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL):

Appointment: Elected by Troop
Age: 14 years old by date of election
Rank:Star
Prior Experience: Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of six months
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL):

Appointment: Elected by Troop
Age: 14 years old by date of election
Rank:First Class
Prior Experience: Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of six months
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Troop Scribe (TS):

Appointment: Elected by Troop
Age: 12 years old by date of election
Rank:First Class
Prior Experience: None
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of three months
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Troop Quartermaster (QM):

Appointment: Elected by Troop
Age: 12 years old by date of election
Rank:First Class
Prior Experience: None
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of three months and have attended a minimum of three Troop camp outs
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Patrol Leader (PL):

Appointment: Elected by Patrol
Age: 12 years old by date of election
Rank:First Class
Prior Experience: Patrol Scribe or Quartermaster, or Assistant Patrol Leader a minimum of 2 months
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of four months
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL):

Appointment: Elected by Patrol
Age: 11 years and six months by date of election
Rank:Second Class
Experience: None
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of three months
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Patrol Scribe (PS):

Appointment: Appointed by Patrol Leader
Age: 11 years and six months by date of appointment
Rank:Tenderfoot
Experience: None
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of three months
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Patrol Quartermaster (PQM):

Appointment: Appointed by Patrol Leader
Age: 12 years and six months by date of appointment
Rank:Second Class
Experience: None
Length of Service: Member of the Troop a minimum of three months and attended a minimum of two Troop camp outs
Other:Willing and able to participate in a Junior Leader course as may be prescribed by the Scoutmaster or PLC.

Grub master

(Special Temporary Position)
Overnight Troop activities require a Patrol "Grub master" to purchase the food and expendable items necessary for the activity and Patrol. Your son may be assigned this task. Funds for this purpose will be collected at the Troop meeting prior to departure. The parent's role is to assist the "Grub master" in the purchase of the required items prior to the outing, to help with quantities and to help the Scout learn about value. A budget will be established and parents should help the Scout shop within this budget. Left over funds are either returned to the Scouts or the Troop general funds (small amounts only). The "Grub master" position rotates among the Patrol members and each Scout is expected to participate. Other positions and responsibilities may be assigned as needed and determined by the committee.

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