How a "Boy Led Troop" Works

                                                We are a "Scout Run" Troop
As intended by Baden Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts,our "Boy Led," "Scout Run" program allows each boy to have a significant role in the operation of the Troop.

"Some few Scoutmasters are still behind the time, and consequently their Troops are behind the average, in not making sufficient use of their Patrol Leaders.They must hold the Patrol Leader responsible for everything good or bad that occurs in his Patrol."

    "They must put responsibility upon him, let him do his job, and if he makes mistakes let him do so, and show him afterwards where he went wrong -- in this way only can he learn. Half the value of our training is to begot by putting responsibility on young shoulders. It is especially valuable for taming the wilder spirits; it gives them a something which they like to take up instead of their equally heroic but less desirable hooligan pursuits." 

                                              ..... Lord Robert Baden Powell- 1910, in reference to the training of youth leaders


With the guidance of the Scoutmaster and his assistants, all weekly troop meetings and outdoor adventures are planned, organized, and run by the youth, Patrol Leaders. Through games and friendly inter-patrol competitions, scout skills are taught by the older scouts to the younger ones with the intent to develop camaraderie and companionship.

                                     Most of all, learning is made fun!

The Patrols
Within the troop, scouts are formed into small groups, of six to eight members, called Patrols. Each patrol elects its own boy leader, called a Patrol Leader. The patrol members work as a team, building personal skills and confidence while having fun. 

There are three types of patrols:

  • Regular patrols
  • First Year Scout patrols 
  • Venture patrols
Patrol Leaders
Each of the patrols has an older, more experienced youth assigned as Patrol Leader. Together, the Patrol Leaders form the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC). PLC meetings are run by the most experienced youth leaders, the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and his Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL).

The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
The patrol leaders' council, not the adult leaders, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities. The PLC meets monthly to plan outings such as hikes and campouts along with skill oriented troop meetings to prepare for such upcoming outdoor adventure. For example, cooking new recipes with their patrol is often tied in with troop meetings so the scouts can try their hand at preparing meals before taking them on an outing.

Positions of Boy Leadership within the Troop

                    Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) - top leader, leads the patrol leaders' council, appoints other leaders & assigns responsibilities. 

Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL)- fills in for SPL, trains quartermaster, scribe, troop historian, & instructors. 
Troop Historian - collects and maintains troop memorabilia and information on former troop members. 
Instructor - teaches one or more advancement skills to troop members. 
   Junior Assistant Scoutmaster- a Scout 16 or older who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned. 
Patrol Leaders - gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the patrol leaders' council. 
Assistant Patrol Leader - fills in for the patrol leader in his absence. 
Venture Crew Chief - leader of a troop's Venture crew. 
Troop Guide - advisor and guide to the new Scout patrol. 
Den Chief - works with a Cub Scout den as a guide. 
Troop Quartermaster - responsible for troop supplies and equipment. 
Troop Scribe - the troop secretary.