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Boy Scout Troop 206
(Cornwall, New York)
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Positions of Responsibility

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Patrol Leader's Council

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Senior Patrol Leader
The senior patrol leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and the patrol leaders' council meeting. He appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Venture Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the elected leader by his Venture patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader. He is lead by the Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture under the direction of the Scoutmaster.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Troop Guide
The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.

Other troop leadership positions

Assistant Patrol Leader
The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence. He represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend. The assistant patrol leader position does not count towards leadership requirements for Star, Life, or Eagle.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Quartermaster
The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol and troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Scribe
The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Historian
The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Librarian
The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Instructor
The instructor teaches Scouting skills.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Chaplain Aide
The chaplain aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Den Chief
The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
The junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) serves in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Order of the Arrow Representative
The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Webmaster
Effective January 1, 2010
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Leave No Trace Trainer
Effective January 1, 2010
image: Life_icon19.jpg Bugler
The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Bugler can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.
Boy Scouts or Venturers who are members of bands, drill teams, or drum and bugle corps affiliated with a unit or a local council may also wear the musician badge special insignia.
Ranks requiring a Positions of Responsibility
  • Star Rank #5 "While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions..."
  • Life Rank #5 "While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 months in one or more of the positions of responsibility..."
  • Eagle Scout Rank #4 "While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..." (reduced list)
  • See also: National Youth Leadership Training? (NYLT) - a fun, six-day outdoor learning course.

Troop Leadership Positions

Every boy-led Troop knows just how important the leadership positions are. The Senior Patrol Leader gets all the glory, but in any small, medium or large Troop each role is important—right down to the Bugler. Finding a Scout to adequately fill a position can be difficult, especially if the Scout or the Scoutmasters aren’t exactly sure what the criteria is and how to gauge if a scout has done the job well.
--see the file below for different leadership positions with descriptions.--
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Troop Leadership Pledge

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Den Chief Guidelines

Den Chief Guidelines
An Overview for Cub Scout Leaders

Den Chief Pledge
I promise to help the Tiger cubs, Cub Scouts, or Webelos Scouts in my den to the best of my ability; to encourage, guide, and protect them in all den and pack activities.

I will strive to be prompt and dependable, and to cooperate with the leaders in carrying out the den program.

As they become eligible, I will encourage boys in the den to join a den of the next rank in Cub Scouting or to become Boy Scouts

What is a Den Chief? A Den Chief is a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer assisting a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout den.

How do boys become a Den Chief? Cubmasters request Den Chief help from Scoutmasters, Varsity coaches, and Crew Advisors. The Scoutmaster will appoint the Den Chiefs. Scouts cannot become a Den Chief without approval from the Scoutmaster.

What if you have someone in mind for a Den Chief? A den leader may, through his/her Cubmaster, request a specific Scout for a Den Chief. This occurs sometimes with siblings or family friends. The procedure is very similar…The Cubmaster passes the request on to the Scoutmaster. In most instances, the match will be made.

Why do boys want to be a Den Chief? Most older boys want to be a Den Chief because they enjoy working with the younger Scouts. This gives them an opportunity to demonstrate and practice their leadership skills with younger boys. Serving as a Den Chief is not a specific requirement for advancement, so they are not helping because they “have to.”

Who provides supervision for a Den Chief? The Den Chief first looks to the Den Leader for guidance, then to the Scoutmaster.

What happens if a Den Chief isn’t working out? If you are having problems with a Den Chief, you need to explore the reason. Does the Den Chief not fulfill your expectations? Are your expectations realistic? Are you communicating them well? Does he know your expectations? Does he understand his job description? Talk to your Den Chief. Speak to his parents or his Scoutmaster. You may talk to your committee, also, but to be fair, be sure to include the Den Chief and his Scoutmaster in those discussions. This gives the youth a chance to offer his point of view with an adult leader present who is supporting him. If it simply is not working for some reason, the Cubmaster may ask the Scoutmaster to remove the Den Chief from that position. (Bear in mind…you requested a Den Chief from the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster selected the youth he/she thought would be a good fit. The Den Chief did not come to anyone asking for the job.) This should be done discreetly and politely. Remember, our purpose in Scouting is to build young men up, not to tear them down!

What is the job description for a Den Chief?
The Den Chief:
• Holds a leadership position in the troop, team, or crew. Leadership is a requirement for many steps in Boy Scout and Venturer advancement.
• Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting.
• Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks.
• Facilitates and encourages the transition of Webelos Scouts into Boy Scouting.
• Assists with activities in the den meetings – helps lead activities, games, and ceremonies.
• Is a friend to the boys in the den.
• Helps out at weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings.
• Is a model for the boys in the den, as well as the entire pack – sets an example, wears the uniform correctly, lives by the Scout Oath and Law, and shows Scout spirit.
• Promotes Scouting in general and the local troop in particular.
• The Den Chief IS NOT the primary planner, nor is he in charge of correcting behavior.

How can you utilize a Den Chief in the different portions of a den meeting?
Make sure you have reviewed the procedure for these before the den meeting begins! If you want the Den Chief to teach a skill, tell a story, or bring materials, you need to let him know at least a week in advance!
• Before the meeting: Review the meeting plans with him to be sure everything is ready, have him help set up the room.
• Gathering: The Den Chief can check achievements, lead game time, work on puzzles, conduct uniform inspections, teach boys skills, or collect paperwork.
• Opening: The Den Chief can assist Cub Scouts with the Pledge of Allegiance, flag ceremonies, reciting the Cub Scout Promise or Law of the Pack, recite the Boy Scout Oath or Scout Law (for Webelos), or teach or lead ceremonies.
• Activities: The Den Chief can assist the Den Leader with games, crafts, storytelling, tricks or stunts, skits or songs, or practice for the pack meeting. He can prepare the materials for the activities, or you may want to request him to work with some of the boys who are having difficulty. Perhaps a Cub Scout missed a meeting where you covered an advancement requirement…you could have the Den Chief work with that Scout.
• Business: Webelos Den Chiefs might help a den prepare for an outing by teaching them how to pack for a campout, make a list of things needed for a campout, or plan a menu. Den Chiefs might record advancement, update Cub Scout handbooks, or help plan for a special activity.
• Closing: The Den Leader is primarily responsible for the closing, but may ask the Den Chief to assist. He might have a closing thought, help with a flag ceremony, help recite the Cub Scout Promise of Law, or lead a closing activity.
• After the Meeting: Discuss how the meeting went…especially the good points and any problems, discuss plans for the next meeting, assist with cleanup

Troop Program Guides

Troop Program Features Vol. I - III

Volume I covers the following program features

  • Aquatics
  • Athletics
  • Backpacking
  • Boating/Canoeing
  • Business
  • Camping
  • Citizenship
  • Communications
  • Cooking
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Engineering

Volume II covers the following program features

  • Environment
  • First Aid
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Health Care
  • High Adventure
  • Hiking Special
  • Hobbies Sports
  • Leadership
  • Mechanics
  • Nature
  • Orienteering

Volume III covers the following program features

  • Physical Fitness
  • Pioneering
  • Public Service
  • Safety
  • Science
  • Shooting
  • Cooking
  • Tracking
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Wildlife Management
  • Winter Camping