Troop Leadership

The Troop Committee consists of the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Scoutmaster, one Assistant Scoutmaster, and other voting members as nominated. This group is responsible for ensuring Troop 39 abide by all BSA policies and guidelines, finds adequate adult leadership for the Troop, and manage funds raised by the Troop. The Scoutmaster serves at the approval of the Troop Committee Chair and UUMC.

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. General duties include training and guiding boy leaders, working with other responsible adults to bring Scouting boys, and using the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.

To fulfill his obligations to the Troop, the Scoutmaster, with the assistance of the Troop Committee, recruits Assistant Scoutmasters to help 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. Troop 39’s Assistant Scoutmasters share responsibility for planning monthly trips, high adventure opportunities, advancement, merit badge instruction, and assisting the Scoutmaster as asked.

Youth Leadership

Youth leadership is an important aspect of the Scouting program since leadership experience is required for rank advancement to Star, Life, Eagle, and Eagle Palm awards. Troop 39 has revised the leadership development part of the troop program

  • to help each Scout learn the art of leadership
  • to offer each Scout specific, guided opportunities
  • to develop quality leadership skills as a youth
  • to create a personalized approach to tracking leadership development for each leadership position.


Leadership Positions: Positions not specified in the requirements for each rank will not count toward a rank advancement, as per BSA policy.

Senior Patrol Leader – top junior leader in the troop. He leads the patrol leaders’ council and appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader – fills in for senior patrol leader in his absence. He is also responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, troop historian, librarian, and guides.

Troop Historian – collects and maintains troop memorabilia and information on former troop members as well as documenting through photos and articles all current troop outings and activities.  The troop historian also assists the troop webmaster with website information and updates.

Librarian – keeps troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for use by troop members.

Guide – teaches one or more advancement skills to troop members.

Chaplain aide – assists in troop religious services and promotes religious emblems program.

Junior assistant Scoutmaster – a Scout 16 or older who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned.

Patrol Leader – gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the patrol leaders’ council.

Assistant Patrol Leader – fills in for the patrol leader in his absence.

Den chief – works with a Cub Scout den as a guide.

Quartermaster – responsible for troop supplies and equipment.

Scribe – the troop secretary.

Leadership Project: A substantial project, of equal duration to a Troop position (about 5-6 months), may be substituted as proof of leadership under certain circumstances. A boy may suggest a project with a written description to the Scoutmaster. If approved, he may continue with the project.

Leadership training may be held periodically during the Troop year. All Scouts 13 and over, with at least the rank of First Class, will be expected to attend.

When a Scout needs a leadership position for a rank advancement, he should contact the Senior Patrol Leader. The following is the process for fulfilling a leadership requirement:

  • A Scout must declare to the Senior Patrol Leader and the Scoutmaster his need for a leadership position.
  • The Scoutmaster and SPL will discuss possible positions for the Scout and reach a mutual decision.
  • The SPL will appoint the Scout a leadership position.

Once a leadership position has been assigned the Scout will receive training and expectations of the leadership position. This booklet contains the duties, a description, and the prerequisites for each Troop-level position.

The Scout and will have at least three (3) goals the Scout plans to complete during his term. The Scout understands the time frame for the rank requirement is a guide, not an absolute. The portfolio creates a definite starting date and ending date as agreed upon by the Scout but may be extended beyond the period listed in the rank requirement.

Leadership Project Safety

Troop 39 considers safety a primary concern. The Troop Committee approved the following safety rules, which Troop members are to follow:

  • One or more adults must be present at all times, preferably the parent(s) of the scout leading the project.
  • A scout shall only transport other scouts if he has secured proper written permission from a parent of the scout being transported.
  • A scout with a driver’s license shall only operate a vehicle while under the direct supervision of an adult.
  • Scouts shall only operate power equipment and tools while under the direct supervision of an adult.
  • Scouts shall never ride in open vehicles such as truck beds, trailers, tractors, etc.

If there is an injury the project leader or an adult present at the time of the injury shall notify the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster as soon as possible.

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