Scouting is all about leadership. The scouts are expected, as part of the troop, to provide the overall leadership with the adult leadership helping in the background or when needed.
When you have youth in charge of a troop or patrol, it is expected to not always be perfect. They are learning... By the end of their leadership period, with Troop Elections every 6-months, in every instance the scout has shown great strides toward being that leader.
Lord Bayden Powell, the founder of Scouting, says it best:
“Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.”
Troop 25 provides the guideline of Youth leadership. Scouting requirements do not require leadership for ranks below First Class, but we encourage scouts to take part in the Troop leadership positions. Positions such as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Den Cheif, and Troop Guide should be filled by scouts First Class and above. If positions are not filled and there are not sufficient numbers of higher ranked scouts, younger scouts fill in the missing positions as approved by the Scoutmaster and Patrol Leaders Council.
Scouts that don't meet the minimum requirements for perfoming in their position, do not get credit for advancement.
Adult leadership can be alot of fun and is definitely rewarding. In Boy Scouts, the leaders as important to ensure the safety of the scouts, and to pass on good traits that make the boys into men. With that said, leaders involved in Boy Scouts hold high morals and are giving of their time to the benifit of the program and its instruction. You set the example.
“Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I’ll show you a poorly uniformed leader.”
“When you want a thing done, ‘Don’t do it yourself’ is a good motto for Scoutmasters.”