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Troop 84 is...a Boy Lead Troop...

With guidance and over time, the Scouts are given more and more responsibility in leading various activities in the troop.  As they advance from one rank to another, they are assigned more complex duties and more is expected of them. 

The Patrol Method: Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol's success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.

 Senior Patrol Leader: 

The top Level scout, the Senior Patrol Leader, is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the Troop. By accepting the position of Senior Patrol Leader agrees to provide service and leadership to your troop. The responsibility should be fun and rewarding. This job description outlines some of the things you are expected to do while serving in this leadership role.

The Senior Patrol Leader is the focal point of the troop. He needs to attend as close to all troop functions as possible. One of the major parts of the SPL's job is to appoint other troop leaders. He must choose leaders who are able, not just his friends or other popular Scouts.


Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the program planning.
Appoints junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.
Assists the Scoutmaster with Junior Leader Training.
Resolve conflicts between troop members.
Participate in a regular conferences with the scoutmaster.

   Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest ranking patrol leader in the troop. The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the SPL or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the troop.

The most important part of the ASPL position is his work with the other junior leaders. The ASPL should be familiar with the other positions and stay current with the work being done.

  Helps the Senior Patrol Leader lead meetings and activities.
  Runs the troop in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.
  Helps train and supervise the Troop Scribe, Quartermaster, Instructor, Librarian, Historian, and Chaplain Aide.
  Serves as a member of the Patrol Leader's Council.

 Patrol Leader: 

The Patrol Leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the Patrol Leader's Council.

The Patrol Leader may easily be the most important job in the troop. He has the closest contact with the patrol members and is in the perfect position to help and guide them. The Patrol Leaders, along with the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader are the primary members of the Patrol Leaders' Council.


Appoints the Assistant Patrol Leader.
Represents the patrol on the Patrol Leader's Council.
Plans and steers patrol meetings.
Helps Scouts advance.
Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts.
Keeps patrol members informed.
Knows what his patrol members and other leaders can do.


  Assistant Patrol Leader

The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence.

Substituting for the Patrol Leader is only part of the Assistant Patrol Leader's job. The APL actively helps run the patrol

  Helps the patrol get ready for all troop activities.
  Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.
  Must be well informed in case Patrol Leader is absent.

 Duties of the Scoutmaster

The Scoutmaster is the adult responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his Assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop. Scoutmaster - Bill Bader E-mail 609-898-0547

  Train and guide boy leaders.
  Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
  Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.
  Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council (PLC) for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
  Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
  Attend troop committee meetings.
  Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation.
  Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and charter presentation.
  Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for all rank advancements.
  Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are properly registered.
  Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
  Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.
  Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
  Participate in council and district events.
  Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature.
  Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.

Assistant Scoutmaster

The Assistant Scoutmaster Is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. Provides the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America. Is at least 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older.

The Troop Committee  is the troop's board of directors and supports the troop program.

Ensures that quality adult leadership is recruited and trained. In case the Scoutmaster is absent, a qualified assistant Scoutmaster is assigned. If the Scoutmaster is unable to serve, a replacement is recruited.
Provides adequate meeting facilities.
Advises the Scoutmaster on policies relating to Boy Scouting and the chartered organization.
Carries out the policies and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.
Supports leaders in carrying out the program.
Is responsible for finances, adequate funds, and disbursements in line with the approved budget plan.
Obtains, maintains, and properly cares for troop property.
Provides adequate camping and outdoor program (minimum 10 days and nights per year).
Serves of boards of review and courts of honor.
Supports the Scoutmaster in working with individual boys and problems that may affect the overall troop program.
Provides for the special needs and assistance some boys may require.
Helps with the Friends of Scouting campaign.
Assists the Scoutmaster with handling boy behavior problems.

Duties of the Chairperson  

Organize the committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated, and completed.
Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organizations representative and the Scoutmaster.
Interpret national and local policies to the troop.
Prepare troop committee meeting agendas.
Call, preside over, and promote attendance at monthly troop committee meetings and any special meetings that may be called.
Ensure troop representation at monthly roundtables.
Secure top-notch , trained individuals for camp leadership.
Arrange for charter review and re-charter annually.
Plan the charter presentation.
Ensure troop leaders and committee members have opportunities for training.
Maintain an inventory of up-t0-date training materials, videotapes, and other training resources.
Work with the district training team in scheduling Fast Start training for all new leaders.
Be responsible for BSA Youth Protection training within the troop.
Encourage periodic junior leader training within the troop and a the council and national levels.

Duties of Communications Chairperson

Promote sound communications within the Troop to include policies, procedures, etc.
Coordinate activities for bimonthly newsletter.
Coordinate activities for Troop website.
Assess effectiveness of troop communications and develop / implement improvement plans as needed.
Report to the troop committee at each meeting.

Duties of the Secretary

Keep minutes of meetings and send out committee meeting notices.
Handle publicity.
Prepare a family newsletter of troop events and activities.
Conduct the troop resource survey.
Plan for family night programs and family activities.
At each meeting, report the minutes of the previous meeting.

Duties of the Treasurer (Finance/Records)

Handle all troop funds. Pay bills on the recommendation of the Scoutmaster and authorization of the troop committee.
Maintain checking and savings accounts.
Train and supervise the troop scribe in record keeping.
Keep adequate records in the Troop/Team Record Book.
Supervise the camp savings plan.
Lead in the preparation of the annual troop budget.
Lead the Friends of Scouting campaign.
Keep adequate records of expenses.
Report to the troop at each meeting.

Duties of the Fundraising Chairperson 

Conceptualize and promote fundraising activities to help offset the costs of operating the troop. 
Solicit ideas from Scouts, parents, adult leaders, etc. for fundraising ideas.
Introduce fundraising activities at Troop meetings.
Report to the troop at each meeting.

Duties of Activities Chairperson

Help in securing permission to use camping sites.
Serve as transportation coordinator.
Ensure a monthly outdoor program.
Promote the National Camping Award.
Promote, through family meetings, attendance at troop campouts, camporees, and summer camp to reach the goal of one outing per month.
Secure tour permits for all troop activities.
Report to the troop committee at each meeting.

Duties of The Advancement Chairman

Encourage Scouts to advance in rank.
Work with the troop scribe to maintain all Scout advancement records.
Arrange quarterly troop boards of review and courts of honor.
Develop and maintain a merit badge counselor list.
Make a prompt report on the correct form to the council service center when a troop board of review is held. Secure badges and certificates.
Work with the troop librarian to build and maintain a troop library of merit badge pamphlets.
Report to the troop committee at each meeting.

Duties of Eagle Project Coach

Develop and maintain Eagle Project Coach program
Help Eagle candidate understand the Eagle advancement roadmap.
Help the Eagle candidate understand the components of good project management and help them apply good practices in their Eagle project.
Provide feedback and guidance to Scout as they work through their Eagle project development.
Make recommendations to Troop Committee and help the Eagle candidate schedule his committee review when ready.
Provide a consistent criteria for reviewing and approving Eagle projects.
Report to the troop at each meeting.


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