Troop 325, Junior Leadership Job Descriptions


Note: This page was adapted from Berkeley Boy Scout Troop 24 Thanks to their Scoutmaster, Alan R. Houser


Junior Leadership Job Descriptions & Contracts

Note: these job descriptions are a supplement to the basic descriptions provided in the Scoutmaster's Junior Leader Training Kit, published by BSA (catalog # 3422).
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TROOP GUIDE

  1. Work with the New Scout Patrol(s) to ensure that they learn how to participate in Scouting in our Troop.
  2. Train the New Scout Patrol Leader in how to run a patrol.
  3. Help them plan for all outings, including equipment lists, menu planning, etc.
  4. Help the new scouts with advancement through First Class, either by teaching the required skills or by setting up situations for meeting the requirements.
As Troop Guide, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


TROOP HISTORIAN

  1. Keep a journal of Troop events for historical purposes. Include photographs and maps when possible.

  2. Such a journal may be used by Scouts in future years to look back and know what kinds of things the Troop was doing. It can also be used for recruiting new scouts.

  3. Maintain a troop slide show for showing at the annual Troop Dinner and to Cub Scout Packs. Obtain slides from recent trips to keep the show current, removing slides from older trips and returning them to their owners.
  4. Gather as much history of the Troop as possible, in whatever form is available. Talk to former members of the Troop and record conversations on tape. Collect pictures and other artifacts when available.
  5. Take care of Troop trophies, ribbons, and other awards.
As Troop Historian, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


INSTRUCTOR

  1. Instruct members of the Troop in Scouting skills as needed.
  2. Work with the PLC in planning meeting programs, arranging for whatever materials may be needed.
  3. Work with the Troop Guide(s) in setting up learning situations for the new scouts to work on scouting skills and advancement. Recruit additional help when needed.
  4. When the Troop is working on a merit badge together, arrange for additional support as needed. Recruit merit badge counselors if unavailable within the Troop.
As Instructor, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


TROOP LIBRARIAN

  1. Keep an archive on places to go and trips the Troop has made. A short write-up of each past trip -- indicating numbers to call for reservations, facilities, positive/negative things, etc. Also collect and catalog articles on potential places the Troop could go on outings. Provide this information to people planning future trips as requested.
  2. Keep a library of merit badge pamphlets and other Troop materials available for check out and use by Troop members and leaders. Keep track of who has what and be responsible for getting materials returned. Keep an inventory of all library materials.
  3. Keep an archive on all fund-raising activities similar to the outings archive.
  4. Keep an archive on all Troop special events -- including courts of honor, etc. -- with information on equipment needs, facilities, and ceremony scripts.
As Troop Librarian, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


PATROL LEADERS

  1. Appoint Assistant Patrol Leader who will function as Patrol leader in his absence.
  2. Appoint Patrol Scribe who will maintain the Patrol Record Book, keep tracking of Patrol members attendance at Troop and Patrol meetings and outings and who will collect money from Patrol members for outings.
  3. Appoint Patrol Quartermaster who will keep track of all Patrol equipment between outings and who will supervise cleaning of that equipment after each outing.
  4. Represent Patrol at PLC meetings. Report back to Patrol on responsibilities for Troop meetings and outings.
  5. Plan and lead Patrol meetings and outings.
  6. Know the requirements for the Baden-Powell Patrol and work toward earning the award.
As Patrol Leader, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


TROOP QUARTERMASTER

  1. Store and keep track of all Troop equipment. Keep an inventory of all Troop and patrol equipment.
  2. Be responsible for checking equipment out and checking it back in on return. Make sure that returned equipment is clean and in good order or that it is repaired if not.
  3. Assess Troop equipment needs for outings and events (e.g., rain flies, poles, and stakes) and be responsible for getting it there and back.
  4. With assistance from the Senior Patrol, oversee the annual redistribution of patrol equipment so that each Patrol has a fair share of equipment based on the make-up of the patrols each year.
  5. Make suggestions for new or replacement items.

  6. As Troop Quartermaster, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


    TROOP SCRIBE

    1. Keep Troop record book up-to-date. If not present at a meeting or outing, prearrange for another scout to gather the information for recording later.
    2. Write letters on behalf of the Troop -- letters of inquiry, thank you letters to all who assist the Troop in any way, invitations to special guests to Troop events and to Webelos who visit the Troop.
    3. Some letters may be at the request of leaders, but most should be spontaneous when an outside individual has assisted the Troop. Letters should be brought to Troop meetings whenever possible to be approved before mailing and so that the Troop is aware of what correspondence is being mailed out in its name.
    4. A file of all such correspondence is to be kept by the Scribe.
    5. Act as recording secretary for Patrol Leaders' Council meetings, in particular, noting action items and who is responsible for the action. Based on the discussions, prepare the final Troop meeting plans and distribute to the Patrol Leaders.
    6. Collect camping money for trips from patrols, recording who has paid and passing the list and money onto the adult leader in charge of the trip.
    7. Keep the camping log up-to-date and monitor participation by patrols so that the Troop qualifies for the National Camping Award.
    As Troop Scribe, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


    VENTURE CREW CHIEF

    1. Plan and lead the Venture Crew on outings during the year.
    2. Represent Venture Crew at PLC meetings and at the annual planning conference.
    3. When the Venture Crew has selected a theme to work on, recruit experts in the area for additional training, if needed.
    4. Obtain equipment from Troop Quartermaster when needed for Venture Crew outing.
    5. Supervise Crew fundraising programs.
    As Venture Crew Chief, I promise to do my best to fulfill the requirements of this position during the coming year. I understand that my performance in this position will be evaluated by the Senior Patrol and the adult leaders on the basis of my abilities and the job description given above, as well as the demonstration of Scout Spirit and leadership at Troop meetings and other events.


    Last revised: March 30, 1997


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