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Troop Organization

The Scouting organization is made up of a number of different groups.

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The Troop is made up of a number of patrols, groups of six to eight boys who work together. Each patrol has a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader.

Patrol Leaders' Council

The Patrol Leaders work directly with the Senior Patrol Leader, and are members of the Patrol Leaders' Council, which is made up of the Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, Troop Guides and the troop's Scribe.

Lawn Chair Patrol

The "Lawn Chair Patrol" is an adult Patrol made up of the Scoutmaster, the Assistant Scoutmasters and other adult leaders who have a deep-seated familiarity the Scouting program. Several members of the Lawn Chair Patrol are Eagle Scouts themselves and the group works directly with the Scouts to deliver the Aims and Methods of Scouting in the Troop.

Troop Committee

The Troop Committee acts like a board of directors for the Troop. Led by the Committee Chair, the Troop Committee's primary responsibilities are supporting the Scoutmaster in delivering a quality troop program and handling troop administration.

Chartered Organization

The Troop is "owned" by a Chartered Organization. The Chartered Organization receives a national charter which must be renewed annually. The chartered organization provides the meeting place, selects a Scoutmaster, appoints the Troop Committee, and chooses a Chartered Organization Representative. Our Chartered Organization is Bethany Presbyterian Church.


Troop 72 is a member of a scouting District, a geographical area within the Local Council. District leaders mobilize resources to ensure the growth and success of Scouting Units within the District's territory. The District does not make policy, but rather works through chartered organizations to assure the success of troops. Troop 72 belongs to the Aurora District , which serves the communities of Queen Anne, Magnolia, Ballard, Lake City, Wedgewood, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline.

Local Council

Our District is a member of a local Council, a regional organization chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to administer the Scouting program within its geographical boundaries. The Council is led by volunteers, with administration performed by a staff of professional Scouters. The council president is the top volunteer, and the Scout Executive is the top professional. Troop 72 belongs to the Chief Seattle Council, which serves the greater King County area.

National Council

Our local Council is a member of the National Council, which develops programs; sets and maintains quality standards in training, leadership selection, uniforming, registration records, literature development, and advancement requirements; and publishes Boys Life and Scouting magazines. The National Council maintains national high-adventure bases for use by Scouts in Minnesota, Florida, West Virginia and New Mexico. It also organizes a national Scout jamboree every 4 years.

Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting's National Honor Society. The group is comprised of Scouts and Scouters who meet certain eligibility requirements and are elected by members of their Troop.

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