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Positions of Responsibility

One of the goals of Scouting is to help the boys develop leadership skills. Each boy in the patrol should be given leadership responsibilities. Known as “Positions of Responsibility” these leadership roles helps ensure that the patrol method is used by allowing the Scouts to be youth led. Some of these positions of responsibilities are appropriate for advancing to Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks.

Click on the red for an explanation of the position.

Patrol leaders

  • Senior patrol leader

    The senior patrol leader is the top youth in the troop. He leads the patrol leaders’ council. In consultation with the Scoutmaster he appoints other youth leaders and assigns responsibilities as needed. The senior patrol leader is elected by troop members, usually for a six-month term.

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  • Assistant senior patrol leader

    The assistant senior patrol leader fills in for the senior patrol leader in his absence. Responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, historian, and other appointed youth leadership positions

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  • Patrol leader

    Patrol leader gives leadership to members of the patrol and represents the patrol to the patrol leaders’ council.

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  • 11-Year Old Patrol leader

    11-Year Old Scouts Patrol leader gives leadership to members of the patrol and represents the patrol to the patrol leaders’ council. He is appointed by the COR, in consultation with the ward Primary presidency and the Eleven Year Old Scout Leader.

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  • Troop guide

Other leaders

  • Cub Scout Den Chief

    The den chief works with the Cub Scouts and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop.

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  • Quartermaster

    Quartermaster is responsible for the troop’s supplies and equipment.

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  • Scribe

    Scribe is the troop’s secretary. Keeps troop records.

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  • Historian

    The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia.

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  • Librarian

    Librarian keeps the troop’s books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for use by the Scouts.

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  • Webmaster

    The webmaster helps out on the troop (or subdistrict) web site where needed.

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  • Bugler

    A bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. (position counts towards Star and Life, but not Eagle)

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  • Junior Assistant Scoutmaster

    The junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.

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  • Chaplain aide

    Chaplain aide assists the troop with religious observances and promotes the religious emblems program, Duty to God (young mens) and Faith in God (11 year old scouts.

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  • Instructor

    Instructor teaches Scouting skills.

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  • Order of the Arrow troop representative

    The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop

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  • Outdoor ethics guide

In order to advance to the rank of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout, you must hold one of the leadership positions for a certain amount of time. For Star, you must hold one of these positions for 4 months or more and for Life and Eagle you must hold them for 6 months or more.

Additional resources
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops – Position Description Cards
All about ILST: the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
Den Chief Training
Outdoor Ethics Guide Duties

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