The general operation of the Troop is in the hands of it's boy leadership. The adult leaders are there to provide guidance and training. You should expect there will be some communications and logistical problems as a result of this approach -but we all learn from our mistakes. Any Scout who has a concern about anything in the program should follow the "chain of command" seeking a solution. The chain of command is: Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster and then the Scoutmaster .
The Troop consists of smaller groups called patrols. Each Patrol is made up of from 6 to 8 Scouts. The Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader are elected by the Scouts within each Patrol. The Patrol Scribe and Quartermaster are appointed by the Patrol Leader with the approval of the Senior Patrol Leader. Prior to Patrol Leader elections there is a Troop election for the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Scribe and Quartermaster. Generally, each appointment or election is valid for a six month period in order to give all Scouts an opportunity to hold a leadership position.
In addition to the elected posts there are several leadership positions which may be appointed by the Scoutmaster and are based on the needs of the Troop. These are: Troop Guide, Historian, Librarian, Instructor, Chaplain, Bugler and Den Chief.
PATROL LEADER'S COUNCIL (PLC)
The Patrol Leader's Council (PLC) is composed of the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Scribe, Troop Quartermaster, Troop Guides, Patrol Leaders, Scoutmaster and one adult leader as appointed by the Scoutmaster.
The PLC is responsible for the program planning of the Troop and for making recommendations to the Troop Committee. The PLC plans and organizes all Troop activities. The Troop Committee provides logistical support for these activities, files the necessary paperwork with the Council office and provides assistance as requested. The PLC also serves as the Troop grievance committee for certain levels of infractions, as determined by the Scoutmaster. The PLC listens to facts as presented by the appropriate parties and makes recomedations to the Scoutmaster or his designated representative for action. The PLC is NOT empowered to take unilateral action on any grievance.
TROOP LEADERSHIP POSITION REQUIREMENTS
All Troop Leaders are expected to attend all meetings (both regular and PLC) and outings. In the event the Scout cannot attend an event, it is his responsibility to find a replacement. Troop Leaders are expected to try and do their jobs 100% of the time. In order for a leadership position to be counted toward rank advancement, the Scout must successfully complete his term of office and his performance may be reviewed by the Scoutmaster and PLC.
TROOP & PATROL LEADERSHIP POSITION DESCRIPTIONS