Current Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is JR
Senior Patrol Leader
The senior patrol leader is the top leader of the troop. He is responsible for
the troopís overall operation. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, he takes
charge of troop meetings, of the patrol leadersí council, and of all troop
activities, and he does everything he can to help each patrol be successful. He
is responsible for annual program planning conferences and assists the
Scoutmaster in conducting troop leadership training. The senior patrol leader
presides over the patrol leadersí council and works closely with each patrol
leader to plan troop meetings and make arrangements for troop activities. All
members of a troop vote by secret ballot to choose their senior patrol leader.
Rank and age requirements to be a senior patrol leader are determined by
each troop, as is the schedule of elections. During a Scoutís time as
senior patrol leader, he is not a member of any patrol but may participate
with a Venture patrol in high-adventure activities.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The assistant senior patrol leader works closely with the senior patrol leader
to help the troop move forward and serves as acting senior patrol leader when
the senior patrol leader is absent. Among his specific duties, the assistant
senior patrol leader trains and provides direction to the troop quartermaster,
scribe, historian, librarian, instructors, and Order of the Arrow representative.
During his tenure as assistant senior patrol leader he is not a member of a
patrol, but he may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture
patrol. Large troops may have more than one assistant senior patrol leader,
each appointed by the senior patrol leader.
The patrol leader is the top leader of a patrol. He represents the patrol at all
patrol leadersí council meetings and the annual program planning conference
and keeps patrol members informed of decisions made. He plays a key role in
planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities and prepares
the patrol to participate in all troop activities. The patrol leader learns about
the abilities of other patrol members and full involves them in patrol and
troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. He
encourages patrol members to complete advancement requirements and sets
a good example by continuing to pursue his own advancement.
The quartermaster is the troopís supply boss. He keeps an inventory of troop
equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition. He works with patrol
quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it, and at meetings of
the patrol leadersí council he reports on the status of equipment in need of
replacement or repair. In carrying out his responsibilities, he may have the
guidance of a member of the troop committee.
The scribe is the troopís secretary. Though not a voting member, he attends
meetings of the patrol leadersí council and keeps a record of the discussions.
He cooperates with the patrol scribes to record attendance and dues
payments at troop meetings and to maintain troop advancement records. A
member of the troop committee may assist him with his work.
The historian collects and preserves troop photographs, news stories,
trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia and makes
materials available for Scouting activities, the media, and troop history
The troop librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets,
magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. He checks out
these materials to Scouts and leaders and maintains records to ensure that
everything is returned. He may also suggest the acquisition of new literature
and report the need to repair or replace any current holdings.
The chaplain aide assists the troop chaplain (usually an adult from the troop
committee or the chartered organization) in serving the religious needs of the
troop. He ensures that religious holidays are considered during the troopís
program planning process and promotes the BSAís religious emblems program.
The bugler plays the bugle (or a similar interest) to mark key moments during
the day on troop outings, such as reveille and lights out. He must know the
required bugle calls and should ideally have earned the Bugling merit badge.