Youth Leadership

Because being a leader is more than just sewing on a patch, we have put together detailed job descriptions for the Troop leadership positions. They will give you a good idea of what each job is all about and what you will be required to do.

Steps to apply for a leadership position
  1. First read the job titles and descriptions below.
  2. Read through the detailed information about any position that interests you.
  3. Select one or more positions.
  4. Talk it over with your parents. You may also talk it over with other Scouts who have served in that position.
  5. Fill it out the form completely.
  6. Have your parent(s) read and sign the form.
  7. Turn the form in to the Scoutmaster.

Youth Leadership Positions

Position Title



Assistant Patrol Leader

The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and leads the patrol in his absence.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)

The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking patrol leader in the Troop. The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the SPL or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the Troop. The Troop can have more than one ASPL, with specific tasks delegated to each.


The Bugler plays the bugle at Troop ceremonies, outings, and meetings.

Chaplain Aide

The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain (usually an adult from the Troop Committee or the Chartered Organization) to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the Troop. He also works to promote the religious awards program.

Den Chief

The Den Chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Den Leaders in a Cub Scout pack. The Troop can have more than one Den Chief, with specific dens delegated to each.


The Troop Historian collects and preserves Troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, and other memorabilia to keep a historical record or scrapbook of Troop activities.


The Instructor teaches Scouting skills required for outdoor activities and rank advancement.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster


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 his outstanding leadership ability.


The Troop Librarian oversees the care and use of Troop books, pamphlets, and other Troop literature. He checks out these materials to Scouts and leaders and maintains records to ensure that everything is returned. The Troop Librarian is responsible for one improvement project during his tenure.

Outdoor Ethics Guide

This position, formerly known as the "The Leave No Trace Trainer" has a primary duty to help the unit members take steps to reduce impacts of their outdoor activities.

Order of the Arrow Representative

The OA Rep serves as a communication link between the Troop and the local Order of the Arrow Lodge. He attends the monthly OA meetings at the District level as our Troop representative.

Patrol Leader

The Patrol Leader is the elected leader of his patrol and provides leadership for his patrol during Troop functions. He represents his patrol on the Patrol Leaders’ Council and works with other Troop leaders to make the Troop run well.


The Scribe keeps the Troop records. He records Scout attendance at Troop meetings and events and tracks Scout Advancements. Though not a voting member, the Scribe attends PLC meetings and keeps a record of the discussions. The Troop Scribe is responsible for one improvement project during his tenure.

Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)

The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the Troop. The SPL is responsible for the Troop’s overall operation.

Troop Guide

The Troop Guide is both a leader and mentor to members of the new-Scout patrol. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class rank in their first year. The Troop can have more than one Guide, with specific patrols delegated to each.

Youth Quartermaster

The Youth Quartermaster works with the adult Troop Quartermaster to keep an inventory of Troop supplies and equipment and see that it is in good working order. The Youth Quartermaster is responsible for one improvement project during his tenure.

Youth Webmaster

The Youth Webmaster works with the adult Troop Webmaster to maintain the Troop website.