Junior Assistant Scoutmaster


General Information

Description: The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. They must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. They are appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability. By accepting the position of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, you agree to provide service and leadership to your troop. The responsibility should be fun and rewarding. This job description outlines some of the things you are expected to do while serving in this leadership role.

Comments: In many cases the JASM has the same responsibilities as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Reports to: Scoutmaster
Type: Appointed by the Scoutmaster
Term: 1 Year


Age: At least 16 years old
Rank: Eagle
Experience: Previous senior leadership positions
Attendance: 75% for all activities over previous 6 months

Performance Requirements

Training: You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training even if you have attended in the past.
Attendance: You are expected to attend 70% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings, outings, and service projects.
Effort: You are expected to give this job your best effort and use the adult leadership and advice when you feel they are needed.

General Leadership Responsibilities

Uniform: Set the example by wearing your uniform correctly. This means that you will wear all of the parts of the troop uniform, shirttail tucked in, with all required badges in their correct locations.
Behavior: Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life. Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.
Attendance: Set the example by being an active Scout. Be on time for meetings and activities. You must call the Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster if you are not going to be at a meeting or if you suddenly have to miss an outing. You also need to make sure that someone will assume your responsibilities. This requires you to “Be Prepared”, plan ahead and this will never be an issue.

Specific Leadership Responsibilities

  • Performs duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Participate in a conference with your advisor midway through your tenure to discuss and evaluate your responsibilities and the performance of your duties.
  • Note: You can still have a conference with your advisor at any time. If you feel like having a discussion, just ask.
Duties What it means in Troop 39
Function as an Assistant Scoutmaster:
  • Provides hints and tips for the SPL and ASPL.
  • Help SPL and ASPL as required to manage the Troop meeting.
  • Provide help with maintaining discipline.
  • Provide leadership in carrying out troop activities.
Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster:
  • Carry out special assignments as directed by the Scoutmaster.
  • Support the SPL and the ASPL in their assignments.
  • Advise other junior leaders in their responsibilities.
Set a good example:
  • Be the first to reflect the scout sign.
  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Exhibit good self-discipline.
  • Have a good attendance record.
  • Meet your obligations on time and in full effort.
  • Have fun but not at the expense of everyone. Goofing off without purpose wastes time and looses the interest and respect of the other scouts.
  • REMEMBER: The troop will follow your example.
Wear the uniform correctly:
  • Always conform to the Troop 39 uniform policy.
Show Scout Spirit:
  • Use the Scout Oath and Law as an everyday guideline.
  • Actively participate in the activities of Troop 39.
  • Set an example for the other Scouts to follow.