Troop Leadership Positions

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The following leadership positions count toward Boy Scout Rank advancement. For more information see the Senior Patrol Leader Handbook (BSA #32501) and the Patrol Leader Handbook (BSA #32502A).

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

The assistant senior patrol leader works closely with the senior patrol leader to help the troop move forward and serves as acting senior patrol leader when the senior patrol leader is absent. Among his specific duties, the assistant senior patrol leader trains and provides direction to the troop quartermaster, scribe, and Order of the Arrow representative. Troop796 may have more than one assistant senior patrol leader, one is the outgoing SPL and another is appointed by the senior patrol leader. SUGGESTED RANK REQUIREMENT: Star or above

As assistant senior patrol leader, I will support the senior patrol leader:

Patrol Leader (PL)

The patrol leader is the top leader of a patrol. He represents the patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings and the annual program planning conference and keeps patrol members informed of decisions made. He plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities and prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities. The patrol leader learns about the abilities of other patrol members and full involves them in patrol and troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. He encourages patrol members to complete advancement requirements and sets a good example by continuing to pursue his own advancement.

As patrol leader, I will do my best to build patrol spirit and lead my patrol:

Quartermaster (QM)

The quartermaster is the troop's supply boss. He keeps an inventory of troop equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition. He works with patrol quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it, and at meetings of the patrol leaders' council he reports on the status of equipment in need of replacement or repair. In carrying out his responsibilities, he may have the guidance of a member of the troop committee. SUGGESTED RANK REQUIREMENT: First Class or above

As quartermaster, I will manage my troop’s equipment:


The scribe is the troop's recorder. Though not a voting member, he attends meetings of the patrol leaders' council to keep a record of the discussions. He records attendance at troop meetings and helps maintain troop advancement records with the adult advancement chairman.

As scribe, I will keep my troop informed about activities:

Chaplain's Aide

The chaplain aide assists the troop chaplain (usually an adult from the troop committee or the chartered organization) in serving the religious needs of the troop. He ensures that religious holidays are considered during the troop's program planning process and promotes the BSA's religious emblems program.

As chaplain aide, I will promote the concept of Reverence in the troop:

Troop Guide

The troop guide is both a leader and a mentor to for new-Scouts. He should be an older Scout who holds at least the First Class rank and can work well with younger Scouts. He helps the new-Scouts in much the same way that a Scoutmaster works with a senior patrol leader to provide direction, coaching, and support. SUGGESTED RANK REQUIREMENT: First Class or above

As troop guide, I will support the new scouts in my troop:

Leave No Trace Trainer

The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and ensuring that the troop follows these principles on outings. He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award. He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training and earned the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges. SUGGESTED RANK REQUIREMENT: First Class or above

Troop Webmaster

The Webmaster helps ensure the Troops Web site is a current and accurate location for Scouts, Leaders, and parent to find information and forms concerning Troop plans and activities. In partnership with the Troop Scribe, Historian, Scoutmaster and others the Webmaster will gather information or ensure others are updating the Web site.

As Troop Webmaster, I will improve communication in the troop:

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

The Order of the Arrow representative serves as a communication link between the troop and the local Order of the Arrow lodge. By enhancing the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, he promotes the Order, encourages Scouts to take part in all sorts of camping opportunities, and helps pave the way for older Scouts to become involved in high-adventure programs. The OA troop representative assists with leadership skills training. He reports to the assistant senior patrol leader. SUGGESTED RANK REQUIREMENT: Any (must be an OA member)

Den Chief

The den chief works with a den of Cub Scouts and with their adult leaders. He takes part in den meetings, encourages Cub Scout advancement, and is a role model for younger boys. Serving as den chief can be a great first leadership experience. SUGGESTED RANK REQUIREMENT: First Class


As historian, I will document the activities of my troop:


As librarian, I will keep troop library and materials organized and accessible:


As bugler, I will support the Senior Patrol Leader: