Junior Leader Job Descriptions (condensed version)

SENIOR PATROL LEADER
Job Description:
The senior patrol leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader
in the troop.
Reports To:
The Scoutmaster
Senior Patrol Leader Duties:
Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual program planning conference.
Runs the Patrol Leaders' Council Meetings.
Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.
Assists Scoutmaster with Junior Leader Training.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 13

ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER(S)
Job Description:
The assistant senior patrol leader is the second highest ranking junior leader in the Troop. He is
appointed by the senior patrol leader, with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior
patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when
called upon. He also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the Troop.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Duties:
Helps the senior patrol leader lead meetings and activities.
Runs the troop in the absence of the senior patrol leader.
Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and the
chaplain aide.
Serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 15

JUNIOR ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER
Job Description:
The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster 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 leadership ability.
Reports To:
The Scoutmaster
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Duties:
Functions as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
Performs duties as assigned by Scoutmaster.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 60

TROOP CHAPLAIN AIDE
Job Description:
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.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Chaplain Aide Duties:
Assists the troop chaplain with religious services at troop activities.
Tells Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith.
Makes sure religious holidays are considered during troop program planning.
Helps plan for religious observance in troop activities.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 62

TROOP DEN CHIEF
Job Description:
The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the
Cub Scout Pack.
Reports To:
The den leader in the pack and the assistant Scoutmaster for the new Scout patrol
in the troop.
Den Chief Duties:
Knows the purposes of Cub Scouting.
Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks. Encourages Cub Scouts to join
a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
Assists with activities in the den meetings.
Is a friend to the boys in the den.
Helps out with weekly den meetings and monthly pack meetings.
Meets with adult members of the den, pack, and troop as necessary.
Sets a good example.
Wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 77

TROOP GUIDE
Job Description:
The Troop Guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their
First Class Rank in their first year.
Reports To:
The Assistant Scoutmaster for the new Scout patrol in the troop.
Troop Guide Duties:
Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.
Guides new Scouts through early Scouting activities.
Shields new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.
Helps new Scouts earn First Class in their first year.
Teaches basic Scout skills.
Coaches the patrol leader of the new Scout patrol on his duties.
Works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders' council meetings.
Attends patrol leaders' council meetings WITH the patrol leader of the new Scout patrol.
Assists the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
Counsels individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 57

TROOP HISTORIAN
Job Description:
The Historian keeps a historical record or scrapbook of troop activities.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Historian Duties:
Gathers pictures and facts about past troop activities and keeps them in a historical file
or scrapbook.
Takes care of troop trophies, ribbons, and souvenirs of troop activities.
Keeps information about former members of the troop.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 77

TROOP INSTRUCTOR
Job Description:
The Instructor teaches Scouting Skills.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Troop Instructors Duties:
Teaches basic Scouting skills in troop and patrols.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 62

TROOP LIBRARIAN
Job Description:
The Librarian takes care of troop literature.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Librarian Duties:
Sets up and takes care of a troop library.
Keeps records of books and pamphlets owned by the troop.
Adds new or replacement items as needed.
Keeps books and pamphlets available for borrowing.
Keeps a system for checking books and pamphlets in and out.
Follows up on late returns.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 77

TROOP QUARTERMASTER
Job Description:
The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Quartermaster Duties:
Keeps records on patrol and troop equipment.
Makes sure equipment is in good working condition.
Issues equipment and makes sure it's returned in good condition.
Makes suggestions for new or replacement items.
Works with the troop committee member responsible for equipment.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 61

TROOP SCRIBE
Job Description:
The Scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders' council and
keeps records of dues, advancement, and scout attendance at troop meetings.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.
Troop Scribe Duties:
Attends and keeps log of patrol leaders' council meetings.
Records individual Scout attendance and dues payments.
Records individual Scout advancement progress.
Works with the troop committee member responsible for records and finance.
Sets a good example.
Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 60

PATROL LEADER
Job Description:
The patrol leader is the elected leader of the patrol.
He represents his patrol on the Patrol Leaders' Council.
Reports To:
The Senior Patrol Leader. If you're the patrol leader for the New Scout Patrol, you'll also work
with the Troop Guide who is assigned to your patrol.
Patrol Leader Duties:
Appoints the Assistant Patrol leader.
Represents the patrol on the patrol leaders' council.
Plans and steers patrol meetings.
Helps Scouts advance (knows what the members of his patrol need in order to advance).
Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts to join the patrol.
Keeps patrol members informed.
Knows what his patrol members and other leaders can do.
Sets a good example.
Wears the uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 28

ASSISTANT PATROL LEADER
Job Description:
The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence.
Reports To:
The Patrol Leader
Assistant Patrol Leader Duties:
Helps the patrol leader plan and steer patrol meetings and activities.
Helps him keep patrol members informed.
Helps the patrol get ready for all Troop activities.
Represents his patrol at patrol leaders' council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend.
Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.
Sets a good example.
Wears the uniform correctly.
Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
Shows Scout Spirit.
1996 Junior Leader Handbook, page 29