A Boy Scout Troop
is actually run by its boy leaders. With the guidance of the Scoutmaster
assistants, they plan the program, conduct Troop meetings, and provide
leadership among their peers. Providing leadership to the Troop is
an integral part of the advancement process after a Scout achieves
the rank of First Class. Serving the Troop in a leadership position
is a requirements for advance for the Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks.
It is a policy of Troop 736 that all Troop level leadership positions
as well as Patrol Leaders be at least First Class Scouts. If there
are no First Class Scouts willing to serve in the positions, they
are then opened up to Scouts of other ranks. In addition, in 2005,
the PLC decided that in order to receive full credit for rank advancement
for a leadership position,
the Scout must attend 5 of 6 monthly campouts and 5 of 6 PLC meetings
during their 6 months in the leadership role. The only exception
may be for Star rank since the duration of the leadership is 4 months.
Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Scoutmaster, but
the Scout is encouraged to address the issues as soon as they come
up to ensure they will received credit at the end of their tenure.
Junior Leader Positions
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - Top junior leader in the
Troop. He leads the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) and, in consultation
with the Scoutmaster,
appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) - Fills
in for Senior Patrol Leader in his absence. He is also responsible
for training and giving
direction to the Quartermaster, Scribe, Troop Historian, Librarian, and
Troop Historian - Collects and maintains Troop memorabilia
and information on former Troop members.
Librarian - Keeps Troop books, pamphlets, magazines,
audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for use
by Troop members.
Instructor - Teaches one or more advancement skills
to Troop members.
Chaplain Aide - Assists in Troop religious services
and promotes religious emblems program.
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster - A Scout 16 or older
who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned by the
Patrol Leader - Gives leadership to members of
his patrol and represents them on the Patrol Leaders' Council.
Assistant Patrol Leader - Fills in for the Patrol
Leader in his absence.
Troop Guide - Advisor and guide to a new Scout patrol.
Den Chief - Works with a Cub Scout den as a guide.
Quartermaster - Responsible for Troop supplies and equipment.
Scribe - The Troop secretary, collects dues at Troop
meetings, keeps the minutes of the PLC meetings.
The Troop webmaster maintains the Troop website.