Youth Leadership

"Positions of Responsibility" are leadership roles that Scouts perform. In order to advance to the rank of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout, you must hold one of the key leadership positions for a certain amount of time. For Star, you must hold one of these positions for 4 months or more and for Life and Eagle you must hold them for 6 months or more.

Leadership opportunities are not for Scouts of advanced Rank only. Each patrol has opportunities for its members to begin the journey of learning how to be effective leaders from day one.

Senior Patrol Leader

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, the Scout agrees to provide service and leadership to the Troop. The Senior Patrol Leader is

the focal point of the Troop, and attends as close to all Troop functions as possible.


Reports to: The Scoutmaster



  • Runs all Troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.

  • Ensures that patrol leaders are aware of their responsibilities at all scouting functions.

  • Re-reviews with patrol leaders before troop meeting to ensure they are prepared.

  • Works with others in the Troop to make the troop fun and effective.

  • Runs the Patrol Leaders' Council.

  • Appoints Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.

  • Works with the Scoutmaster in training Scout leaders.

  • Sets and enforces the tone for good Scout behavior within the Troop.

  • Communicates regularly with Patrol Leaders.


Qualifications: Must be a Life Scout.


Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader 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. 


Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader



  • Helps the Senior Patrol Leader lead meetings and activities. 

  • Runs the Troop in the absense of the Senior Patrol Leader.

  • Performs tasks assigned by the SPL.

  • Helps train and supervise the Scribe, Quartermaster, Instructors, Librarian, Historian, and Chaplain's Aide.

  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council.

  • Helps set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the Troop


Qualifications: First Class Rank or higher.


Patrol Leader

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


Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader



  • Reading, understanding and applying the principles contained in The Patrol Leader Handbook.

  • Plans and leads patrol meetings and activities.

  • Keeps patrol members informed.

  • Assigns each patrol member needed tasks and help them succeed.

  • Solicits ideas and concerns from patrol members so that they have input in the planning and operation of the patrol and troop.

  • Represents the patrol at all PLC meetings and the annual PLC program planning meeting.

  • Prepares the patrol to take part in all troop activities.

  • Works with others in the troop to make the troop fun and effective.

  • Attends all "green bar ad hoc meetings".

  • Attends troop and patrol meetings, campouts and activities and leadership training opportunities.

  • If unable to attend meetings, campouts and activities, is responsible for reaching out to your APL to let him know that he will be the leader and pass on any information needed.


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.

Assistant Patrol Leader

The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence. The position of APL does

not qualify for the leadership requirements for advancement.


Reports to: The Patrol Leader


Trained by: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Guide



  • Assists the Patrol Leader in planning and leading patrol meetings and activities.

  • Helps the Patrol Leader keep patrol members informed.

  • Assists the Patrol Leader in preparing the patrol to take part in all troop activities.

  • Directs the patrol at meetings and activities.

  • Takes charge of the patrol in the absense of the Patrol Leader

  • Represents the patrol at the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings in the absense of the Patrol Leader.

  • Works with the other troop leaders to make the troop run well.


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.


Troop Guide

The  Troop Guide is both a leader and mentor.  He should be an older Scout who holds at least Star Rank and can work well

with younger Scouts.


Reports to: Assistant Scoutmaster



  • Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.

  • Mentors Patrol Leaders.

  • Attends PLC meetings with the Patrol Leaders.

  • Assists the Assistant Scoutmaster with training the patrols.

  • Orders Patrol patches.

  • Helps with Scout/Tenderfoot Rank.

  • Helps oversee the Grubmaster and cooking at campouts.

  • Teaches camp setup.

  • Teaches fundamental Scouting skills and the basics of troop organization and operations.


Qualifications: Must be 13 years old or have reached Star Rank.


OA Troop Representative

The Order of the Arrow Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter

and the troop. In the troop, he serves as a communication and programmatic link to the Arrowmen and adult

leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. The Scout does this in a fashion that s

trengthens the mission of the lodge and purpose of the Order. By setting a good example, he enhances the image

of the Order as a service to his troop. The responsibility should be fun and rewarding.


Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader



  • Serves as a communication link between the lodge/chapter and the troop.

  • Encourages year-round and resident camping of the troop.

  • Encourages older Scout participation in high-adventure programs.

  • Encourages Scouts to actively participate in community service projects.

  • Assists with leadership skills training in the troop.

  • Encourages Arrowmen to assume leadership positions in the troop.

  • Encourages Arrowmen in the troop to be active participants in the activities, and to seal their membership in the Order by becoming Brotherhood members.


Qualifications: Must be a current OA member.


Troop/Patrol Quartermaster

The Troop/Patrol Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.


Reports to: The Adult Quartermaster



  • Gets the patrol, troop and U.S. flags for meetings and ceremonies and puts them away afterwards.

  • Keeps equipment storage area neat and orderly.

  • Keeps inventory/records of patrol and troop equipment.

  • Makes sure equipment is in good working condition.

  • The Troop Quartermaster issues equipment to Patrol Quartermasters.

  • Ensures all equipment is returned in good condition.

  • Makes suggestions for new or replacement items; works with the Adult Quartermaster for replacement items.

  • Assists the Adult Quartermaster with tasks such as loading the troop trailer, troop "stuff days" and participating in Shakedowns even if not attending the campout. 


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.


Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the Troop. "Duty to God"

is one of the core beliefs of Scouting. The Chaplain Aide helps everyone in the Troop by preparing short religious

observations for campouts and other functions.


Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader



  • Assists the Troop Chaplain with religious services at Troop activities.

  • Leads Troop in prayer at the beginning and end of meetings.

  • Leads grace at meals while camping or at activities.

  • Provides a religious interfaith "Scouts Own" service at campouts.

  • Promotes the BSA's religious emblems program.

  • Makes sure religious holidays are considered during Troop program planning.


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.



The Scribe is the secretary of the Troop. He keeps the Troop records, and records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council.


Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader



  • Records activities at the PLC. 

  • Collects attendance sheets of the weekly meetings.

  • Assists the Treasurer at Shakedowns to collect information as well as money and/or envelopes and other duties as requested by the Treasurer.

  • Works with the Historain on maintaining a Leadership Directory.

  • Collects "Camping Record" data.

  • Other duties as ssigned by the Scoutmaster and Committee Chair


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.



The Historian collects and preserves Troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards and other

memorabilia and makes materials available for scouting activities, the media and troop history projects.


Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader



  • Takes pictures at all Troop events. Stores photos on Troop website.

  • Creates a display of photos for the next Court of Honor.

  • Maintains the Troop record archive on-line of all Eagle projects done for Troop 685.

  • Maintains the Troop record archives (Journey to Excellence, recharter paperwork, etc)

  • Takes photos and maintains a Troop "Leadership Directory". Works with the Scribe on this.

  • Takes care of Troop trophies and keepsakes.

  • Other misc. tasks as assigned by the Scoutmaster as needed.


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.



The Librarian oversees the care and use of all Troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audio-visuals, etc. He checks these

materials out and delivers them to Scouts and leaders, and maintains records to ensure that everything is returned. He follows

up with items that are not returned. He also suggests to the PLC the acquisition of new literature and reports the repair and

replacement of current holdings.


Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader



  • Sets up and takes care of the Troop library.

  • Keeps accurate records of books and literature owned by the Troop.

  • Adds new or replacement items as needed.

  • Has literautre available for borrowing at Troop meetings or as needed by Scouts/adults.

  • Maintains the Troop's system to check literature in and out.

  • Follows up on late returns.

  • Purchases new books as needed with approval from the PLC.


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.



The Instructor teaches Scout skills. Each Instructor is an older Troop member proficient in a Scouting skill. He must also

have the ability to teach that skill to others. The subjects may include, but are not limited to, first aid, cooking, camping,

backpacking, orienteering, knots/lashings, plants and other skills required for outdoor activities and rank advancements.

There can be more than one Instructor position in the Troop at any given time.


Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader



  • Instructs Scouting skills as needed within the troop or patrols.

  • Prepares well in advance for each teaching assignment.

  • Teaches these skills using the E.D.G.E. method: Totin' Chip/Finem'n Chit, tent/camping, knots/lashing/orienteering.


Qualifications: First Class Rank or higher, 14+ years old.


Den Chief

The Den Chief works with Cub  Scouts, Webelos Scouts and den leaders in the Cub Scout Pack.


Reports to: The Den Leader in the Pack and the Assistant Scoutmaster for New Patrols in the Troop.



  • Knows the purpose of Cub Scouting.

  • Assists with activities in the den meetings.

  • Helps Cub Scouts advance thouugh Cub Scout Ranks.

  • Meets regularly with the Den Leader to review the den and Pack meeting plans.

  • Encourages Cub Scout to join a Boy Scout Troop upon graduation.

  • Projects a positive image of Boy Scouting.

  • Completes Den Chief Training.

  • Wears the Scout uniform correctly to all regular Troop meetings and den meetings.

  • Shows and helps develop Scout spirit.


Qualifications: Active Scout in Troop 685.


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