Troop Roles

There and many Positions of Responsibility in a troop – while every Scout is a leader, these roles require more effort, and take time outside of meetings and planned events to do well. These roles are required for advancement in higher ranks, and in general are elected or appointed each November for a 1 year period.

Senior Patrol Leader

The senior patrol leader is responsible for the troop’s overall operation. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, he takes charge of troop meetings, of the patrol leaders’ council, and of all troop activities, and he does everything he can to help each patrol be successful.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Among the assistant senior patrol leader’s specific duties are providing training and guidance for the troop’s quartermaster, scribe, Order of the Arrow representative, historian, librarian, and instructors. He serves in place of the senior patrol leader at meetings and events when the senior patrol leader must be absent. 


The quartermaster is the troop’s supply boss. They keep an inventory of troop equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition. They work with patrol quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it, and at meetings of the patrol leaders’ council reports on the status of equipment in need of replacement or repair. In carrying out their responsibilities, they may have the guidance of a member of the troop committee. 


The scribe is the troop’s secretary. He keeps the minutes of the patrol leaders’ council meetings but is not a voting member of the council. The scribe may
also keep attendance records of other troop activities, such as campouts and service projects. 

Patrol Leader

The patrol leader plans and leads patrol meetings and activities. He represents his patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and at the annual program planning conference. He knows the needs and capabilities of his patrol members and works to make them successful. 


The troop webmaster is responsible for maintaining the troop’s website and social media channels. They should make sure that information posted on the website is correct and up-to-date, and that members’ and leaders’ privacy is protected. A member of the troop committee may assist them with his work. 

Chaplain’s Aide

The chaplain aide assists the troop chaplain (an adult from the troop committee or the chartered organization) in conducting the troop’s religious observances. They see that religious holidays are considered during program planning, and they promote the religious emblems program. 

Troop Guide

A troop guide is an older Scout who holds the rank of First Class or higher, has strong teaching skills, and possesses the patience to work with new Scouts. As a mentor to the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol, he provides direction for the patrol leader and helps him with his patrol leader responsibilities.