Youth Leadership

 

Youth leadership development is one of the primary goals of the Scouting program.  Troop 54 and the local BSA council offer various leadership training classes.  To advance to the ranks of Star, Life or Eagle, each girl is required to activity demonstrate leadership by holding one of the sixteen formal leadership roles for a specified number of months.

At Troop 54, all scouts above the rank of First Class who seek leadership credit for Star, Life or Eagle must sign a Leadership Agreement with the description of her Position of Responsibility ("POR") attached, and present these documents to the Scoutmaster for approval.  A listing of all approved positions is provided below.

The Leadership Agreement form is required of all scouts seeking leadership credit to advance in rank.  To receive leadership credit, the scout must obtain support from the adult leader overseeing her position, and approval from the Scoutmaster.  Credit for "Leadership Months" starts only after the Leadership Agreement is signed and these approvals have been obtained.  Leadership Credit is not automatically given, and the scout must actively manage the process.  This support and approval must be obtained before seeking a Scoutmaster Conference for rank advancement, and must be documented in the ScoutBook records.

Upon completion of each rank, the scout must complete a new Leadership Agreement form before earning credit for the next rank.  Scouts holding the position of SPL, ASPL or PL must complete a new Leadership Agreement form following the change of SPL, i.e., at the end of the spring semester and at the end of the calendar year.

►     Leadership Agreement form     (click to Download PDF)
 


Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders

The Senior Patrol leader and all Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders can download the following documents for their use and guidance:
►     Senior Patrol Leader - Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
►     First Assistant Senior Patrol Leader - POR, job description     Download PDF
►     ASPL for First Class Trail - POR, job description     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Patrol Leader

Patrol Leaders are elected by their patrol and typically serve a six-month term.  PLs can download the following documents for their use and guidance:
 
►     Patrol Leader Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
►     Patrol Leader/PASM Conference Worksheet - form for use in periodic conferences to assess performance.
                Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Troop Instructors

Troop Instructors teach basic Scouting skills in troop and patrols.  Instructors work under the guidance of the ASPL for the First Class Trail and the First Class Trail PASM.  They can download the following documents for their use and guidance:
 
►     Instructor Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
►     Instructor Worksheet - form for tracking activities     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Troop Guide

Troop Guides assist with the New Scout Patrols and teach basic skills to new scouts.  They can download the following documents for their use and guidance:
 
►     Troop Guide Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
►     Troop Guide Plan and Worksheet     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Den Chiefs

The Den Chief program is administered by the Troop 54 Den Chief Coordinator (currently Alan Clark).  A scout seeking leadership credit as a Den Chief for the rank of Star or Life must contact Mr. Clark for details on training and for assignment to a Den at Pack 55.  The scout must also complete the Troop 54 Leadership Agreement, and obtain the approval of the Scoutmaster.  Assignment to a den is also subject to approval from the Den Leader for the assigned Den.  To receive leadership credit, Mr. Clark must sign-off on the Den Chief Log Sheet at the start as well as at the end of time in the role.  The Den Leader must also confirm participation for each activity, and also sign-off at completion of time in the role.  All approvals can be tracked on the Log Sheet.

Some activities done by Den Chiefs involve more leadership or time than other activities.  A point system has been developed for weighting the various activities.  In addition to the required months in that role, a scout needs to earn a minimum of 25 activity points for Star and 40 points for Life.  That point system and a Log Sheet for tracking activities are available at the following:
►     Criteria & points for advancement to Star rank     Download PDF
►     Criteria & points for advancement to Life rank     Download PDF
►     Log Sheet for activities     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Quartermaster - Troop

The Troop Quartermasters work with Patrol Quartermasters and the Troop Equipment Coordinator to request, issue, maintain and return equipment for the Troop and individual Patrols as needed for Troop campouts.  They can download the following documents for their use and guidance: 
►     Quartermaster-Troop Position of Responsibility, job description.  Download PDF
►     Quartermaster Plan and Worksheet     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide assists the Troop Chaplain in serving the religious needs of the troop.  She helps conduct the religious service on Sunday morning at campouts.  She ensures that religious holidays are considered during the troop’s program planning process and promotes the BSA’s religious emblems program.

The Chaplain Aide program is administered by the Troop Chaplain.  A Scout seeking leadership credit as a Chaplain Aide must contact the Troop Chaplain for details.  After speaking with the Troop Chaplain, the Scout must also complete the Leadership Agreement and obtain the approval of the Scoutmaster.  In addition to the months of service described in the applicable rank advancement requirement, there are specific activities for which a Chaplain Aide is responsible.  Some of these activities must be performed by the Chaplain Aide; some activities may be delegated.  In either case, the Chaplain Aide is responsible for that activity’s successful completion.  At the conclusion of the Chaplain Aide satisfying the requirements and the term, the Chaplain Aide must have the Troop Chaplain sign the log sheet to confirm successful completion of the listed activities.
►     Chaplain Aide Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


The following Troop Leadership roles (Bugler, Historian and Scribe) are generally held by First Class scouts seeking a Position of Responsibility for Star Scout Rank advancement.
 

Bugler

The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies, including Troop meetings, Troop campouts, and Court of Honors.
►     Bugler Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Historian

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. 
►     Historian Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF


Scribe

The scribe is the Troop’s secretary and helps to keep records of meetings and attendance. 
►     Scribe Position of Responsibility, job description     Download PDF
 
►     Leadership Agreement form     Download PDF