Scout Troop 44
The patrol leader is the elected leader
of the patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders' council. He reports
to the senior patrol leader.
Patrol Leader Duties
- Appoints the assistant patrol leader
- Appoint Patrol positions (Scribe,
Quartermaster, Grubmaster) and train individuals for those positions
the patrol on the patrol leaders' council and the annual program planning conference
- Plans and steers patrol meetings and activities
- Acts as the
chief recruiter of new Scouts
- Keeps patrol members informed
what his patrol members and other leaders can do
- Work with other Troop
Leaders to make the Troop run well
- Sets the example
- Wears the
- Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
- Show Scouts
When you accepted the position
of Patrol Leader, you agreed to provide service and leadership in our Troop. That
responsibility should be fun and rewarding. This job description provides some
of the things you are expected to do while serving as a junior leader in Troop
44. You should make any necessary notes on this sheet as this Fast-Start Junior
Leader Training session is conducted. As a Troop 44 Junior Leader you will be
challenged to your fullest capabilities. The adult leadership has faith in your
leadership abilities, but will constantly be striving to improve those abilities.
Your election and acceptance of this Troop position represents the acceptance
of a contract. At the end of this Fast-Start Junior Leader Training you will be
asked to sign a contract indicating that you understand your responsibilities
and will constantly strive to live up to your Job Description. Good Luck and Congratulations.
- Contact every patrol member prior to
every meeting and remind them of anything that is due, what the skill is going
to be, to bring handbooks, pad and pen, permission slips, etc.
patrol meetings as required (minimum of six per year) with the first mandatory
patrol meeting after the August planning conference. All patrol meetings must
follow a planned agenda approved by the Senior Patrol Leader. Agendas must contain
the following aspects:
- Opening: Brief Ceremony
- Business: Reading
of past minutes and discussing new business
- Skill Activity: Demonstration
- Closing Ceremony: Practice for Troop ceremonies
- All patrols must hold a minimum of three patrol activities
during the Scouting year which can include Patrol hikes, Patrol merit badges,
attend Town meetings, etc.
- Every patrol member must advance
at least one rank and earn at least one merit badge outside of Summer Camp prior
to the end of the Scouting year.
- Aim to be a Baden-Powell Patrol.
Requirements include the following:
- Spirit: Have a patrol flag
with patrol color and design. Use your patrol yell and call. Keep patrol records
up to date for at least three months.
- Patrol meetings: Hold two
patrol meetings each month for at least three months.
- Hikes, Outdoor
Activities, and other events: Take part in at least one within three months.
- Good Turns or Service Projects: Do two Patrol Leaders' Council
approved Good Turns or Service Projects within three months.
Help two patrol members advance one rank within three months.
Wear the uniform correctly to all Troop and Patrol activities.
Leaders' Council: Represent the Patrol during three PLC meetings within three
More information can be found in the
Junior Leader Handbook, page 41.
Patrol records must be filed with and held by the Patrol Scribe throughout the
year. Patrol records include the Patrol Menu (completed and approved two weeks
prior to camping trip), Patrol Grocery List, Patrol Duty Roster, and Patrol Equipment
- All Patrol food shopping is to be done by the
Patrol as a whole, not solely by a Patrol member's parent.
equipment belongs to the Patrol. All equipment must be kept in excellent condition.
Any problems with equipment should be reported to the Troop Quartermaster. Each
patrol should set aside a designated time frame to conduct a Patrol inventory
of the patrol box. At this time, tents should be opened and checked for any problems
or missing parts, dining flies should be checked for all poles, grommets, ropes,
and pegs, stoves and lanterns should be tested for proper functioning. In addition,
at this time all Patrol equipment should be washed and properly stored, for example,
coolers and water jugs are to be stored with lids open at all times. Please note,
Patrol boxes will be inspected frequently for any missing equipment and organization.
Any Patrol equipment that is brought home after a weekend must be cleaned and
returned at the next Troop meeting regardless of whether or not that Scout is
- At Patrol Leaders' Council Meetings, when the
Troop Meetings are planned, a weekly rotation will be established between the
Opening, Closing, and Service (Set-up and Clean-up) Patrols. One Patrol will be
responsible for the Opening, another for the Closing, and the third for Set-up
and Clean-up. All Patrol Leaders will be receiving an Opening and Closing Ceremony
sheet that consist of over three months worth of different ceremonies. Ceremonies
can also be found in Woods Wisdom. Ceremonies should be varied across the meetings.
- Patrol Leaders are responsible for reminding all Patrol Members
when permission slips are due. The Due Date is a Due Date! If permission slips
(with money) are not returned to the Troop Scribe by that date, Scouts will not
be able to attend. No exceptions!
- Patrol discipline is to be
handled by the Patrol Leader. Any repeated discipline problems should be reported
to the Senior Patrol Leader, who will deal with the problem accordingly. Discipline
includes knowing where each of your patrol members are in camp at all times.
- Patrol Leader's are responsible for conducting a Patrol Training
Session where each Scout is informed on their Patrol duties. The following is
a brief summary of each Patrol position:
- Assistant Patrol Leader:
Leads the Patrol in the absence of the Patrol Leader, assists in the planning
and guidance of patrol meetings and activities, and performs other jobs as assigned
by the Patrol Leader.
- Patrol Scribe: Keeps the Patrol log and takes attendance
at Troop and Patrol meetings.
- Patrol Quartermaster: Maintains and keeps
an accurate inventory of Patrol equipment.
- Patrol Grubmaster: Leads in
the planning of Patrol menu's and food grocery lists and is responsible for organizing
Patrol shopping trips.
As a Patrol Leader,
their are many resources available to you to help you do your job. These include
people such as your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Members.
Troop 44 offers a wealth of Scouting knowledge ranging from experience to literature
to Internet resources. Please, take advantage of these abundant resources in order
to better carry out your Troop position.
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