Troop Organization and Positions
The troop revolves around Boy Scout-led patrols, supervised by the Scoutmaster team and supported by the Troop Committee.
The Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader(s) run the meetings and coordinate the efforts of the Patrol Leaders.
The Scoutmaster provides guidance, direction, and mentoring with the help of Assistant Scoutmasters.
The Scoutmaster reports to the Troop Committee, which runs the "business" of the Troop and reports to the Sponsoring organization - St. Anne's Church.
Here are some links to describe the responsibilities of the different Boy Scout positions.
Patrol Leader's Council (PLC)
The patrol leaders' council plans the yearly troop program at the annual troop program planning conference. The PLC then meets monthly to develop plans for upcoming meetings and activities. The PLC generally runs the weekly troop meetings. The PLC is composed of the following voting members:
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - Elected by boys in the troop, SPL runs the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings.
Patrol Leader - Elected by his patrol, the PL represents his patrol PLC meetings and the annual planning conference. Reports PLC decisions to his patrol.
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader - Serves as a member of the patrol leaders' council and fills in for the SPL as needed.
Troop Guide - Attends patrol leaders’ council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.
Scribe - Attends and keeps a log of patrol leaders’ council meetings. The scribe is a non-voting member of the PLC; however in the practices of some troops, scribes have been granted voting privileges.
At its monthly meetings, the PLC organizes and assigns activity responsibilities for the weekly troop meetings. The troop committee interacts with the patrol leaders' council through the Scoutmaster.
Some troops' PLC includes others who may be assigned tasks and may be voting or non-voting members such as:
Troop 29 scouts are organized into Patrols. Currently, there are 4 patrols 5th through 9th graders. Each patrol is mix-aged. We also have a Senior Patrol that consists of 10th through 12th graders. The patrols form the basis around which the troop functions - particularly on campouts. A patrol will plan their meals together, cook together, and clean their cookware together. Each patrol will elect a Patrol Leader, who is generally an older scout in the patrol. The patrol leader represents the patrol at the PLC meetings and will help organize the patrol at campouts.
The Scoutmaster team consists of adults and helps advise the PLC and Patrols on planning and then executing those plans. The scoutmaster team meets periodically to discuss plans for the upcoming year and to make proposals to the PLC on any organizational issues the troop needs to resolve. The Scoutmaster team consists of:
Scoutmaster - Provides overall guidance and direction to the troop
Camping Chair - Makes camping reservations and researching proposed trips
Assistant Scout Masters (ASM) - Numerous parents who help advise the Scoutmaster. An ASM is typically assigned to a patrol to act as an adult leadership contact for that patrol.
The Troop Committee conducts the business of the Troop. The Troop Committee will meet about once per month to discuss various topics that concerns the troop's business. The Committee consists of:
Committee Chair - Organizes the Committee and leads Committee meetings
Scoutmaster - Represents the Scoutmaster team on the Troop Committee
Treasurer - Manages the troop's finances
Advancements Chair - Tracks scouts' rank, badges and awards earned by the scouts
Membership Chair - Ensures parents are properly registered within Scouting and collects membership fees
Communications Chair - Tracks Troop 29 family contact info and facilities distributing information to the troop
Training Chair - Tracks adult training requirements