Troop Leadership

The Troop Committee consists of the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Scoutmaster, or their designee. 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 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 their guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the Troop. General duties include training and guiding youth leaders, working with other responsible adults to bring Scouting youth, and using the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.

To fulfill their 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 Scouts BSA (there must be at least two adults present at any BSA 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 Leadership development is designed:

  • 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. They lead 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 their absence. They are also responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, historian, librarian, and guides.

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.

Troop 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 scout leaders as assigned.

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

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

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

Quartermaster – responsible for troop supplies and equipment.

Scribe – the troop secretary.

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

Acquiring A Leadership Position:

When a Scout needs a leadership position for a rank advancement, they 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 their 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 will have goals to complete during their term. The Scout understands the time frame for the rank requirement is a guide, not an absolute.


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 with a driver’s license shall only operate a vehicle in accordance with the current Guide to Safe Scouting.
  • Scouts shall only operate power equipment and tools while under the direct supervision of an adult, in accordance with the current Guide to Safe Scouting.
  • Scouts shall never ride in open vehicles such as truck beds, trailers, tractors, etc.

If there is an injury during a troop activity, the adult present at the time of the injury shall notify the Scoutmaster.

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