Boy Scout Troop 919
Boy Scouts of America 100 year aniversary

Boy Scout Troop 919

Frontier District

La Mirada, California


Leadership Positions and Responsibilities


scoutmaster
The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop. The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster's duties include:

General

  • Train and guide boy leaders.
  • Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
  • Use the methods of scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.

Meetings

  • Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
  • Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
  • Attend troop committee meetings.
  • Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation.
  • Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and charter presentation.

Guidance

  • Conduct Scoutmaster Conferences for all rank advancements.
  • Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are promptly registered.
  • Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
  • Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.

Activities

  • Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
  • Participate in council and district events.
  • Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in scouting literature.
  • Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.


ASPL
The Assistant Scoutmaster helps operate the troop. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity. An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster's absence.



ASPL
The Senior Patrol Leader is the senior youth leader for the Troop. He must hold at least the rank of Star Scout, have been a member of the Troop for at least one year, and possess the Scoutmaster's recommendation. The Senior Patrol Leader will be chosen annually from Scouts nominated by the Troop.

The Senior Patrol Leader is responsible for:
  • meeting regularly with the Scoutmaster to ensure the overall program is being carried out,
  • conducting the monthly planning meetings with the ASPLs and other senior Scout staff
  • overseeing that the overall Scouting program is effectively communicated to the Scouts,
  • serving as the chairman of the Junior Staff Council,
  • conducting troop meetings (with the assistance of the ASPL and the JASM),
  • preparing and conducting troop camp programs,
  • conducting monthly uniform inspections,
  • the discipline and conduct of the troop.


ASPL
The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader must hold at least the rank of First Class. The ASPL is nominated by the SPL and approved by the Scoutmaster.

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is responsible for:
  • meeting regularly with the Scoutmaster and the SPL,
  • acting as the SPL in his absence, 
  • carrying out the instructions of the SPL,
  • acting as the "Sergeant-at-Arms" to help maintain order at troop meetings, and 
  • assisting scouts in the troop to advance in rank.

JAS
Junior Assistant Scoutmasters must be nominated by the Scoutmaster and confirmed by a vote of the troop committee, must be at least 16 years old but not yet 18, must demonstrate marked ability as a leader, and must be proficient in scouting skills.

The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is responsible for:

  • meeting regularly with the Scoutmaster 
  • helping the Scoutmaster and his assistants in executing the  program,
  • teaching untrained scouts in the skills they need for advancement,
  • assisting the Senior Patrol Leader whenever requested,
  • serving as judge in inter-patrol competitions, and
  • training the youth leadership corps in the performance of their leadership positions.

scribe
   
The Troop Scribe is appointed by the Scoutmaster on the recommendation of the SPL

The Troop Scribe is responsible for:

  • meeting with the troop's Secretary, Treasurer and Advancement Coordinator to coordinate communication with the Troop
  • maintaining troop attendance records,
  • maintaining a record of all upcoming troop activities, and
  • taking the minutes of the junior staff  meetings


quartermaster

The Troop Quartermaster is appointed by the Scoutmaster on the recommendation of the SPL

The Troop Quartermaster is responsible for:

  • meeting with the troop's Equipment Coordinator to oversee the Troop's equipment,
  • maintaining a detailed inventory of the troop's equipment (including camping gear, flags, etc.) and a check out log showing who has custody of each item,
  • inspecting the troop equipment ideally once each quarter or following any troop campout and producing a status report for submission to the Junior Staff,
  • assisting the troop's Equipment  Supervisor with the annual inventory conducted one a year, and
  • supervising the distribution and collection of troop equipment, 

librarian
The Troop Librarian is appointed by the Scoutmaster on the recommendation of the SPL

The Troop Librarian is responsible for:

  • maintaining the troop's library of scouting literature and merit badge pamphlets,
  • assisting the troop's Advancement Coordinator in the conduct of the annual inventory (each December) of troop books and publications, and
  • using a systematic method for loaning and collecting library materials.

historian
The Troop Historian is appointed by the Scoutmaster on the recommendation of the SPL

The Troop Historian is responsible for:

  • meeting regularlywith the troop's Secretary, Activities Coordinator and Webmaster to ensure his responsibilities are properly carried out,
  • maintaining photographs, video and other historical records of the Troop,
  • maintaining a camping log to include locations, dates, attendees, and comments regarding the outing,
  • collecting and caring for troop photographs, news stories, flags, pennants and awards, and
  • collecting and filing information about former scouts and leaders.

chaplainaide

The Troop Chaplain's Aide is appointed by the Scoutmaster on the recommendation of the SPL

The Troop Chaplain's Aide is responsible for:

  • meeting regularly with the troop's Chaplain,
  • assisting the troop's Chaplain or, in his absence, planning and conducting non-denominational religious services at troop meetings and activities,
  • promoting and informing scouts about the religious emblem programs of their faith and how to earn them,
  • encouraging troop members to live up to the ideals of the scout oath, law, slogan, motto and the outdoor code, and
  • helping to ensure that religious holidays and observances are considered in the troop program.

guide





The Troop Guide is appointed by the Scoutmaster and must hold at least the rank of Star Scout and be proficient in advancement skills.

The Troop Guide is responsible for:

  • meeting regularly with the Scoutmaster and Junion Assistant Scoutmasters
  • teaching other scouts, especially new scouts Second Class and below, the skills necessary to advance in rank, and 
  • specializing in three scout skill areas not taught by other youth leaders

patrolleader




The Patrol Leader must be of First Class Rank and may be elected by the members of his patrol or selected by the Scoutmasteron the recommendation of the SPL

The Patrol Leader is responsible for:

  • meeting regularly with the SPL, ASPL and JASM regarding troop activities
  • planning and leading patrol activities
  • seeing that each scout in the patrol has a job to perform,
  • maintaining patrol discipline (for which he is accountable to the SPL),
  • supervising rank advancement of the scouts in his patrol,
  • communicating all information between the patrol and the troop's leadership, and
  • conducting periodic uniform inspections for the members of his patrol.

asstpatrolleader

The Assistant Patrol Leader is nominated by the Patrol Leader and is approved by the Scoutmaster.

The Assistant Patrol Leader is responsible for:

  • Attending regular meetings with the troop's Scoutmaster to ensure responsibilities are properly carried out,
  • assisting the Patrol Leader in his duties and in carrying out his program,
  • performing other duties as assigned by the Patrol Leader, and
  • acting as the Patrol Leader in the Patrol Leader's absence

Denchief






The Den Chief is appointed by the Scoutmaster.

The Den Chief is responsible for:
  • Attending regular meetings with the adult members of the den, pack and troop as necessary
  • knowing the purposes of Cub Scouting and helping Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks,
  • encouraging Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation, and
  • helping out and assisting with activities in the weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings.