Saturday, December 16, 2017

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 Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) - Qualifications: A Junior Assistant Scoutmaster must be at least 16 years old. Appointment: Junior Assistant Scoutmasters are appointed by the Scoutmaster. The number of Junior Assistant Scoutmasters is at the discretion of the Scoutmaster. Responsibilities: Junior Assistant Scoutmasters (1) function as an Assistant Scoutmaster and as members of the Scoutmaster’s staff; (2) provide support and advice to the troop staff, including Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, Historian, Instructors, and Chaplain Aide; (3) plan and conduct troop training programs, including Junior Leader Training, Instructor training, and Troop Guide training; (4) provide assistance to Venture Leaders and New Scout Patrols; and (5) Supervise special activities as requested by the Scoutmaster.

Instructor - Qualifications: Instructors must (1) be at least 15 years old or in the ninth grade or be at least a Star Scout; (2) have been a member of Troop 839 for at least 3 months; (3) have completed a troop Junior Leader Training course; (4) have demonstrated leadership skills, troop spirit, and have set a good example for younger Scouts; and (5) agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Instructors are appointed by the Scoutmaster for an indefinite time. Responsibilities: Instructors (1) assist the Program Patrol in teaching Scout skills to the troop; (2) instruct Scouts in advancement skills; (3) assist the Junior Assistant Scoutmasters in conducting troop training; and (4) set examples of leadership and willingness to help others.

 Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - Qualifications: Senior Patrol Leaders must (1) be at least 15 years old or in the ninth grade or be at least a Life Scout; (2) have been a member of Troop 839 for at least 6 months; (3) have held a leadership office in the troop for at least 6 months; (4) have completed a council Junior Leader Training Conference; (5) have attended at least 50% of all past troop activities; and (6) be able and willing to attend at least 50% of all troop activities during the term of office. Elections: The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the troop in semi-annual elections (1st meetings in January and July) by the troop for a term of 6 months; he must be approved by the Scoutmaster. He may be reelected for a maximum of 2 terms in office. Responsibilities: The Senior Patrol Leader (1) presides over all troop meetings, PLC meetings, campouts, activities, and events; (2) serves as leader of the Instructor Corps; (3) represents the troop in District and Council activities and at Troop Committee meetings; (4) assists the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in conducting troop training; (5) assigns duties and responsibilities to other leaders.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) - Qualifications: Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders must (1) be at least 15 years old or in the ninth grade or be at least a Star Scout; (2) have been a member of Troop 839 for at least 6 months; (3) have completed a council Junior Leader Training Conference; and (4) be willing to attend at least 50% of all troop activities during the term of office. Appointment: Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month period, with the consent of the Scoutmaster. The troop may have a maximum of 2 Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders at once with the Scoutmaster’s approval. Responsibilities: Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (1) assist the Senior Patrol Leader in all troop operations; (2) act as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader in any troop activities; (3) assist the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in conducting troop training; and (4) may be assigned specific responsibilities by the Senior Patrol Leader. 

Troop Guide - Qualifications: Troop Guides must (1) have the rank of at least Star Scout; (2) be a member of Troop 839 for at least 6 months; (3) have completed a troop Junior Leader Training course; and (4) agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Troop Guides are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month period, with the consent of the Scoutmaster. Responsibilities: Troop Guides (1) work with new Scouts to help them meet advancement requirements through First Class; (2) instruct new Scouts on scouting skills; (3) advise Patrol Leaders on their duties and at PLC meetings; (4) attend PLC meetings; (5) assist the Junior Assistant Scoutmasters in conducting troop training; (6) prevent harassment of new Scouts; and (7) counsel and guide new Scouts through early troop activities to help them feel comfortable.

Patrol Leader (PL) - Qualifications: Patrol Leaders must (1) be at least a First Class Scout; (2) have been a member of Troop 839 for at least 3 months; (3) have completed a troop Junior Leader Training course; (4) agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities involving his patrol. Election: Patrol Leaders are elected by patrols each 6 months, and may be re-elected for 2 consecutive terms. Responsibilities: Patrol Leaders (1) plan and lead patrol meetings and activities; (2) prepare their patrols to take part in troop activities; (3) represent their patrol at PLC meetings; (4) share leadership by assigning duties and responsibilities to other patrol members; (5) keep patrol members informed; (6) instruct patrol members in Scout craft skills; (7) participate in troop training programs; and (8) support and assist in advancement of patrol members.

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) - Qualifications: Assistant Patrol Leaders must (1) be at least a Second Class Scout; and (2) have attended or agree to attend a troop Junior Leader Training course. Appointment: Assistant Patrol Leaders are appointed by the Patrol Leader for a 6 month period and may be re-appointed. Responsibilities: Assistant Patrol Leaders (1) act as the Patrol Leader when he is absent; (2) assist their Patrol Leaders in patrol operations; and (3) participate in troop training.

Scribe - Qualifications: A Scribe must be at least a Second Class Scout and agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Scribes are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month term of office. Responsibilities: Scribes (1) keep minutes at PLC meetings; (2) record attendance at meetings and activities; and (3) post troop advancement every month.

Quartermaster (QM) - Qualifications: Quartermasters must be at least a Second Class Scout and agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Quartermasters are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month term of office. Responsibilities: Quartermasters (1) keep records of patrol and troop equipment; (2) insure that all equipment is in a good state of repair; (3) check equipment in and out for all troop activities; (4) report damaged equipment to the Scoutmaster; and (5) suggests new or replacement items needed to the Senior Patrol Leader or the PLC.

 Historian - Qualifications: Historians must be at least Second Class Scouts and must agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Responsibilities: Historians (1) take pictures of Troop events including campouts, service projects, and troop meetings; (2) upload these pictures to the Troop website; (3) collect and care for troop memorabilia, including photos, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, and awards; (4) collect and file information about former Scouts and leaders; and (5) make materials available for programs, news stories, or troop history projects.

Librarian - Qualifications: Librarians must be at least Second Class Scouts and must agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Librarians are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month term of office. Responsibilities: Librarians (1) keep troop’s books, pamphlets, and magazines available for checkout by Scouts and leaders; (2) post the current merit badge counselor list; (3) keep a file of all troop literature; (4) record all materials loaned out; (5) recommend new purchases; and (6) report repair and/or replacement needs to the Senior Patrol Leader or the PLC.

Chaplain Aide - Qualifications: Chaplain Aides must be at least Second Class Scouts and must agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Chaplain Aides are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month term of office. Responsibilities: Chaplain Aides (1) help to see that religious holidays are considered during program planning meetings; (2) promote the religious emblem program; (3) assist the program patrol in planning and carrying out religious services at troop activities; and (4) encourage troop members to live up to the ideals of the Scout Oath, Law, and Slogan.

  Bugler - Qualifications: Buglers must be at least Second Class Scouts and must agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Buglers are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader for a 6 month term of office. Responsibilities: Buglers (1) play the bugle, trumpet, or coronet at troop ceremonies; and (2) encourage troop members to live up to the ideals of the Scout Oath, Law, and Slogan.

Den Chief - Qualifications: Den Chiefs must be at least First Class Scouts and must agree to attend at least 50% of all troop activities. Appointment: Den Chiefs are appointed by the Scoutmaster for a 1 year term of office. Responsibilities: Den Chiefs (1) work with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts and Den Leaders in a Cub Scout Pack and (2) encourage troop members to live up to the ideals of the Scout Oath, Law, and Slogan.

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