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Troop 575 Youth Leadership

Leadership Role Descriptions

Leading the way...

What does that mean?

Think about being a Cub Scout. You came to den meetings and did a lot of different and fun things.  But who decided what to do and who planned the
activities? The Den Leaders, right?

Sports teams are a lot of fun, too. But who decides who plays what position, who's on the starting lineup and when to substitute? The coach, right?

There's one thing that makes Scouting different from all other youth groups. Do you know what it is?



...Well, it's not the uniform... every soccer, basketball, and baseball team has a uniform.

 ...And it's not just the fun activities. There are a lot of other things that are fun.

What makes Scouting special is that you make the decisions!


That's right! Scouts run the troop. Baden-Powell made it very plain in Aids to Scoutmastership when he wrote,

"The best progress is made in those Troops where power and responsibility are really put into the hands of the Patrol Leaders."

This is real decision-making power. And it's not just Patrol Leaders: all of the youth leaders have a hand in making the Troop run. As a leader you will:

  • Plan and run troop meetings
  • Select troop outings - where to camp, what to do
  • Plan advancement opportunities for all troop members
  • Choose high-adventure programs
  • Determine troop policy
  • Help other Scouts along the trail to Eagle

Sound like fun? It really is! The adults are there to provide support, but you will be making the decisions.

Because being a leader is more than just sewing on a patch, we have put together job descriptions for troop leadership positions. They will give you a good idea of what each job is all about and what you will be required to do.

Here's how to be considered for a position. First, read the job descriptions, qualifications, and job responsibilities. Next, decide what you want to do and talk it over with your parents, Scoutmasters, and other Scouts who have served in that position. Finally, tell the Scoutmaster that you're interested in a specific position. You'll need to prepare a short statement to make on election night to let the other Scouts know why they should elect you to your chosen leadership position.

Are you ready to "lead the way?" We sure hope so!

Listed below are Troop 575's elected positions and a brief outline of qualifications and responsibilities.

For more information and detailed requirements, click on the position title link.

Position Basic Qualification High Level Description
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) Star Scout or above Runs troop meetings
Leads Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC)
Works directly with Scoutmaster
Assistant SPL (ASPL) First Class or above Helps SPL with his duties
Stands in for SPL in his absence
Patrol Leader Second Class or above; one year in troop Organizes the patrol, in particular planning for campouts and other activities.
Scribe Tenderfoot or above Takes notes at meetings; takes attendance, keeps rest of troop informed
Assistant Patrol Leader Tenderfoot or above

Helps the Patrol Leader with his duties

***Note this position is a patrol position only and may not count towards any rank leadership requirement**** 
Historian Tenderfoot or above

Maintains Historian page on troop website
Carries out one historian project 

Librarian Tenderfoot or above Maintains troop's collection of Merit Badge books
Quartermaster Tenderfoot or above Catalogs and maintains the troop's equipment.
Troop Guide

First Class or above;

One year in troop


Works with new Scouts
Instructor Second Class or above Teaches Scouting skills
Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

First Class or above;

One year in OA/two years in Troop


Youth liaison between the troop and local OA lodge or chapter
Den Chief Tenderfoot or above Works with a Cub Scout Den

Last update August 13, 2013

 Some materials for this site were borrowed from Lyons Troop 61's site. The graphics and other parts of the text, including much of the intro, are from a Troop 42, location unknown.