Scout Leadership Positions

Troop 109 is led by the Scouts with support from adult leaders, committee members, and parents.

 

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 recruits other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster. To be the Senior Patrol Leader you must be at least a Star Scout and in 9th grade at the start of their term. Elected by troop – 6 month term. (*PLC Member)

 

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. Two (ASPL) co-leadership positions exist in Troop 109. One (ASPL) is appointed by the Scoutmaster. The other (ASPL) is elected by his troop. 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. To be the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader you must be at least a 1st Class Scout and in 8th grade at the start of their term. One Elected by troop and one appointed  – 6 month term. (*PLC Member)

 

Patrol Leader 

The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council. Elected by his patrol – 6 month term. (*PLC Member)

 

Scribe

The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the minutes and activities of the patrol leaders’ council. He keeps a record of Scout attendance at troop meetings. The scribe gets to use a laptop or other electronic device, if he owns one, to take notes and keep records. The Scribe must be capable of keeping consistently accurate records. Must be able to send records electronically to the Scoutmaster and SPL. Appointed by SPL and Scoutmaster – 6 month term . (*PLC Member)

 

Instructor

The instructor teaches Scouting skills, offers experienced advice to develop program and activities and is in charge of the Troop Guides. The Troop Instructor represents the Troop Guides at the PLC and reports directly to the SPL.  Appointed by SPL and Scoutmaster – 6 month term. (*PLC Member)

 

Troop Guide

The troop guide works with new Scouts and is assigned to a specific patrol. He helps the new Scout patrols feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year when applicable. He teaches basic Scout skills and offers advice. He works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings when asked to attend. This is an important position of responsibility in Troop 109 since it is essential in forming new Scouts into experienced Scouts and mentoring his fellow Scouts towards completing rank advancement requirements. Position reports to Instructor. More than one Troop Guide may be appointed to a specific Patrol. A Troop Guide(s) may be assigned to other Patrols and/or may be assigned to other duties as determined by the Scoutmaster. Appointed by SPL and Scoutmaster – 6 month term.

 

Assistant Patrol Leader

The assistant patrol leader is elected by his patrol. If no APL is elected, the position is appointed by the patrol leader with approval by the SPL. The APL leads the patrol if the PL is absent. 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 but is a great way to learn about leadership for future positions of responsibility. Elected by his patrol or appointed by PL. (Not a PLC Member but must attend PLC Meeting on behalf of (PL) if patrol leader is unable) – 6 month term.

 

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 SPL and Scoutmaster – 6 month term.

 

Historian

The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, the Troop Flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. The historian is required to maintain and carry with him at all times a digital camera to all troop functions so he can take photos to document our history. The historian also uploads photos to the troops Google photo site and works with the webmaster to link to the Photo Gallery section of the Troop 109 web site. Appointed by SPL and Scoutmaster – 6 month term.

 

Librarian

The librarian oversees the care and use of troop Merit Badge books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. Appointed by SPL and Scoutmaster – 6 month term.

 

Den Chief

The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in a local Cub Scout pack. The den chief helps his Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join Boy Scout Troop 109 upon crossover. Specific den chief training is required along with approval by the Scoutmaster, Den Leader and Cubmaster of the Cub Scout Pack. Appointed by Scoutmaster to a term equal to the length of the specific Cub Scout rank program, usually a 12 month term.

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. This position limited to Scouts in Troop 109 that have earned the rank of Eagle. SPL and Scoutmaster approval – 12 month term.

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. Must be a member of OA to hold this position. Elected through OA rules and regulations – 12 month term..

 

Webmaster

Maintains the posts on the troop website. Must have some experience with the internet and a capacity for learning how to update and manage the troop website with maturity and accuracy.  Must have an interview by the Scoutmaster and must work together with an assigned adult leader. This is an important position and requires a lot of work on the part of the Scout to keep up with the effort necessary to be a webmaster. The reward is that the Scout may gain valuable knowledge useful to him in the future – 6 month term.

 

Leave No Trace Trainer

The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and ensures that the troop follows the principles of Leave No Trace on all outings such as camping and other outdoor activities. He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award. He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training as well as earned both the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges. This position is responsible for making sure we leave our campsite better than we found it by getting all scouts involved in the responsible management of our environment. Appointed by SPL and Scoutmaster –  6 month term.

BSA Troop 109 - Menlo Park, CA 
Redwood District
Pacific Skyline Council