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Troop Elections - March Troop Meeting

posted Feb 28, 2015, 3:18 PM by Aditya Jain   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 3:20 PM ]

Hi Scouts,

At our next Troop meeting on Monday, March 9th at 7pm, we will be holding our bi-annual troop elections. If you are a new scout to the troop this year, there is no election preparation needed, as new patrols will be lead by Troop Guides.

Scouts elected to a position at the March meeting will start their term of office April 1st and end their term at the end of September.

The following positions will be chosen at the troop meeting:

SPL: If you are interested in this important troop position, you need to email or contact me prior to Sunday, March 8th at 8pm so that I can properly prepare. If you are interested, please also read the requirements and responsibilities lower in this email. You will need to attend summer camp. Also, you will need to come 15 min early to the meeting, be prepared with a short written speech to give the troop, and have a good idea of who your ASPL's might be.

Patrol Leader: If you are interested in this troop position, you should plan to attend the PLC meetings on the first Monday night of each month and attend the majority of troop camp outs as well as summer camp. Please see the responsibilities lower in this email.. You will need to prepare to give a short speech to your patrol before patrol elections.

Patrol Quartermaster: If you are interested in this troop position, you need to plan to attend a majority of troop campouts. Please see the responsibilities lower in this email. You should be planning on attending summer camp. You will need to prepare to give a short speech to your patrol before patrol elections.

Additionally, there are several other ways you can serve your troop in the coming months. These positions will be chosen by our incoming SPL shortly after he is elected. If you are interested in one of these positions, please email or contact me prior to Sunday, March 9th at 8pm.

ASPL Troop Guides

ASPL Instructors

ASPL Merit Badge

ASPL Service

OA Representative (Must be an active member of OA and attend District OA meetings)

Quartermaster

Librarian

Historian

Scribe

Store Keeper

Webmaster


SPL Requirements and Responsibilities:

The Senior Patrol Leader is the focal point of the troop. He needs to attend as close to all troop functions as possible. One of the major parts of the SPL's job is to appoint other troop leaders. He must choose leaders who are able, not just his friends or other popular Scouts.

When you accept the position of Senior Patrol Leader, you agree to provide service and leadership to the Troop. That responsibility should be fun and rewarding. This job description provides some of the things you are expected to do while serving as a junior leader in Troop 208. As a Troop 208 Junior Leader, you will be challenged to your fullest capabilities. The adult leadership has faith in your leadership abilities, but will constantly be striving to improve those abilities. Your election and acceptance of this Troop position represents the acceptance of a contract.

Senior Patrol Leader Responsibilities:

1. Plan and run all troop meetings, events, activities, and the Annual Planning Conference.

2. Chair the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meeting once a month.

3. Appoint the ASPLs and other boy leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.

4. Assign duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.

5. Delegate tasks to the ASPLs.

6. Ensure that an ASPL is available to run any meeting that he cannot attend.

7. Oversee the planning effort of Scouts for all Troop activities (whether he attends the event or not).

8. Help Scouts advance.

9. Recruit new Scouts.

10. Keep troop members informed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Age: 14

Rank: First Class

Experience: Previous service as SPL, ASPL, PL, or APL

Attendance: Must be an active scout in the troop, and an active camper in thetroop. (75% over previous 6 months)

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

Training: You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training.

Attendance: You are expected to attend 80% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders' Council meetings, outings, and service projects. Effort: You are expected to give this job your best effort.

GENERAL LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

Uniform: Set the example by wearing your uniform correctly. This means that you will wear all of the parts of the troop uniform, shirttail tucked in, with all required badges in their correct locations.

Behavior: Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life. Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.

Attendance: Set the example by being an active Scout. Be on time for meetings and activities. You must call the Scoutmaster if you are not going to be at a meeting or if you suddenly have to miss an outing. You also need to make sure that an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is ready to assume your responsibilities.



ASPL Responsibilities:

1. Attend and help run troop meetings, events, activities, and the Annual Planning Conference.

2. Attend and help with the Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meeting once a month.

3. Help the SPL to oversee the planning effort of Scouts for all Troop activities, and plan position-specifc activities.

4. Help Scouts advance.

5. Recruit new Scouts.

6. Keep troop members informed of position-specific activities.



The general performance and general leadership responsibilities are the same as for the SPL.


PL Requirements and Responsibilities:

Type: Elected by the members of the patrol.

Term: 6 months

Job Description: The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol representing his patrol on the patrol leaders council. In certain situations, the patrol leader will be appointed by the Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader rather than elected. The decision to appoint is at the discretion of the Scoutmaster.

Comments: The Patrol Leader may easily be the most important job in thetroop. He has the closest contact with the patrol members and is in the perfect position to help and guide them. The Patrol Leaders, along with the Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader are the primary members of the Patrol Leaders' Council.

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Patrol Leader Responsibilities:

1. Appoint the assistant patrol leader with the advice and approval of the Scoutmaster.

2. Represent the patrol on the PLC (Patrol Leaders’ Council).

3. Plan and lead patrol meetings.

4. Appoint Patrol Quartermaster who will keep track of all Patrol equipment between outings and who will supervise cleaning of that equipment after each outing.

5. Help Scouts advance.

6. Recruit new Scouts.

7. Keep patrol members informed.

8. Know what his patrol members and other leaders can do.

9. Set a good example.

10. Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly.

11. Live by the Scout Oath and Law.

12. Show Scout spirit.

13. Maintain Patrol Records of their names, addresses, and phone numbers.

QUALIFICATIONS

Rank: First Class (With exceptions if other First Class or above scouts are not running for this position)

Experience: None

Attendance: 75% over previous 6 months



PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS



Training: You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training.

Attendance: You are expected to attend 85% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders' Council meetings, outings, and service projects.

Effort: You are expected to give this job your best effort.



GENERAL LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

Uniform: Set the example by wearing your uniform correctly. This means that you will wear all of the parts of the troop uniform, shirttail tucked in, with all required badges in their correct locations.

Behavior: Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life. Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.

Attendance: Set the example by being an active Scout. Be on time for meetings and activities. You must call the Scoutmaster if you are not going to be at a meeting or if you suddenly have to miss an outing. You also need to make sure that the Assistant Patrol Leader is ready to assume your responsibilities

SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

Meetings: Run all patrol meetings.

Scout Leadership: Assign duties and responsibilities to Patrol Members. Assign Assistant patrol leader.

Helps Scouts advance.



Patrol QM Requirements and Responsibilities:



Rank: First Class (With exceptions if other First Class or above scouts are not running for this position)

Type: Elected by the members of the patrol

Term: 6 months

Job Description: The Patrol Quartermaster is responsible for the patrol’s equipment, and campout meal planning and coordination.

Reports to: Patrol Leader and Troop Quartermaster

Comments: This position counts as leadership for Star and Life, but not for Eagle.

Responsibilities:

1. Keep all the patrol gear in good working order and know who has it.

2. Remind patrol members to bring gear to the meeting before each campout.

3. Tell Troop Quartermaster or adult Equipment Coordinator if something is broken.

4. Check out equipment from the Troop Quartermaster.

5. Make sure the gear is in proper shape when it's time to check the troop gear back into the storage trailer at the end of the year. (If gear is not checked in at the end of year, you need to keep it in order until next year.)

6. Attend 75% of all troop meetings and activities.

7. Set a good example by enthusiastically wearing the Scout Uniform correctly, living by the Scout Oath and Law, and showing Scout spirit.

QUALIFICATIONS

Rank: First Class (with the exception of New Scout Patrols)

Experience: None

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posted Feb 28, 2015, 3:18 PM by Aditya Jain   [ updated Sep 9, 2017, 8:08 PM by Shudhant Gautam ]


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