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Leadership Positions

Leadership Positions, or "Positions of Responsibility," are leadership roles that Scouts perform. They help to define which Scouts are responsible for what parts of the operation of the Troop. Active service in one or more of the positions of responsibility is a requirement for Star, Life and Eagle ranks.

Senior Patrol Leader

The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the top youth leader in the Troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and the Patrol Leaders' Council meeting. He appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. The ASPL acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the SPL or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop.

Patrol Leader

The Patrol Leader is the leader of his Patrol. He represents his Patrol on the Patrol Leaders' Council

Assistant Patrol Leader

The Assistant Patrol Leader assists the Patrol Leader and leads the Patrol in his absence. He represents his Patrol at Patrol Leaders' Council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend. The APL position does not count towards leadership requirements for Star, Life, or Eagle.

Troop Guide

The Troop Guide works with new Scouts. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the Patrol Leader at Patrol Leaders' Council meetings.


The Quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on Patrol and Troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition.


The Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the Patrol Leaders' Council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings.


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


The Librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists.


The Instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.

Den Chief

The Den Chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Den Leaders in the Cub Scout pack. He helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.

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.

Order of the Arrow 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. He helps meet the OA needs of the Troop, and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order.


Leave No Trace Trainer


The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities.

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