848 Policy – Leadership Positions

The ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle all include leadership requirements.  

Most folks think only of the elected leadership positions (Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader).  Additionally, the SPL gets to choose his staff with the advice and consent of the SM and the Troop’s adult leadership.  Those are considered positions of leadership as well.  In the more standard-sized Boy Scout troop (25-40 boys), it is fairly easy to get elected to or selected for positions of leadership.  But, unfortunately, our troop is fun, so a lot of boys participate here.  We have ways of working through the system, though.  

The troop as adopted the Leadership Record as a means for the scouts earning leadership to keep progress of their accomplishments.  (Please refer to the Troop Website under the “Advancement” tab for a copy of the Leadership Record.)  The scouts are expected to maintain this record and track their accomplishments each month using this form.  He will need to have this checked by the person he is responsible to (as indicated on the form).  The scout should keep this as a record of his leadership experiences and will be required to bring it to his Scoutmaster Conference for rank advancement.

Leadership Corps

The Leadership Corps is led by the Leadership Corps ASPL.  This is a unique ASPL position within our troop.  Like the other ASPL positions, it is considered a Leadership Position for the purpose of rank advancement.  A Leadership Corps scout is typically a senior scout with a solid command of the basic scouting skills (lashings, knots, cooking, first aid, safety, etc.)  The responsibility of the Leadership Corps is to carry out the Program identified by the Senior Patrol Leader.  His corps is comprised of older scouts (typically 15+) that are either at Life rank or almost Life rank.  The Leadership Corps ASPL will utilize his corps to execute the program.  For example, if the SPL would like to have a lashing activity conducted at a troop meeting, it will be the LC ASPL’s responsibility to coordinate with the Quartermasters to make sure the needed equipment will be at the meeting.  In addition, the scouts in the LC will carry out the activity and allow the SPL to focus on running the overall meeting.  The Leadership Corps scouts are also called on to assist with campout activities as requested by the SPL.  It is important to note that being a member of the Leadership Corps is not a leadership position in and of itself.  However, recognizing that often these scouts are asked to step up in leadership responsibilities, they may maintain a Leadership Resume (see the Troop webpage for an example) in order to try to earn Leadership Rank advancement as an Instructor.  How much work that will need to be demonstrated by the scout in order to COMPLETE their rank advancement requirement will be determined by the SM and ASMs.  This typically takes longer than the 6 months required by the rank since leadership demonstration opportunities do not regularly occur.  However, this is another opportunity for an older scout to earn their rank advancement.  For this Instructor position, a Leadership Resume will be required at the scoutmaster conference.

Following are the eligible positions for rank advancement:

Position

Term

Eligibility (min. rank/NYLT, …)

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL):  Elected by the troop

1 year (from October 1 through September 30)

NYLT

Green Scout ASPL

(Part of Senior Staff)

6 months

NYLT

Gold Scout ASPL

(Part of Senior Staff)

6 months

NYLT

Leadership Corps ASPL

(Part of Senior Staff)

6 months

NYLT

Quartermaster

(Part of Senior Staff)

6 months

Troop Guide

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

OA Troop Representative

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Scribe

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Librarian

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Historian

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Chaplain’s Aide

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Webmaster

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Leave No Trace Trainer

(Part of Junior Staff)

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Patrol Leader

4 or 6 Months depending upon the need

Den Chief

Typically lasts through the entire Cub Scout Pack’s activities, usually 9 months

Instructor

Depends upon the amount of leadership activities the scout has conducted.