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Boy Scout Troop 222
(Norwalk, Connecticut)
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Troop 222 Leadership Roles and Responsibilities


Leadership Positions:

Senior Patrol Leader

The senior patrol leader is the top leader of the troop. He is responsible for the troop’s overall operation. With guidance from the Scoutmasters, 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. He is responsible for annual program planning conferences and assists the Scoutmaster in conducting troop leadership training. The senior patrol leader presides over the patrol leaders’ council and works closely with each patrol leader to plan troop meetings and make arrangements for troop activities. All members of a troop vote by secret ballot to choose their senior patrol leader. Senior Patrol Leader must attend YLT Training before being elected, or attend the next YLTC.  Failure to do so will result in removal from the position.


Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

The assistant senior patrol leader works closely with the senior patrol leader to help the troop move forward and serves as acting senior patrol leader when the senior patrol leader is absent. Among his specific duties, the assistant senior patrol leader trains and provides direction to the troop quartermaster, scribe, instructors, and Order of the Arrow representative.   This position is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader.


Patrol Leader

The patrol leader is the top leader of a patrol. He represents the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference and keeps patrol members informed of decisions made. He plays a key role in planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities and prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities. The patrol leader learns about the abilities of other patrol members and fully involves them in patrol and troop activities by assigning them specific tasks and responsibilities. He encourages patrol members to complete advancement requirements and sets a good example by continuing to pursue his own advancement.  The patrol members vote for their Patrol leader in a secret ballot.

Order of the Arrow Troop Representative

The Order of the Arrow representative serves as a communication link between the troop and the local Order of the Arrow lodge. By enhancing the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, he promotes the Order, encourages Scouts to take part in all sorts of camping opportunities, and helps pave the way for older Scouts to become involved in high-adventure programs. The OA troop representative assists with leadership skills training. The OA Representative must be a member of the OA, preferably a Brotherhood member.  He must attend at least half of the OA events (this includes meetings, Ordeals, Conclave) and report back to the Troop on the events.

Den Chief/ Webelos Den Chief

The den chief works with a den of Cub Scouts and with their adult leaders. He takes part in den meetings, encourages Cub Scout advancement, and is a role model for younger boys. Serving as den chief can be a great first leadership experience for a Scout. He must attend a minimum of ¾ Den meetings and half of the Pack meetings.  Must also attend Troop campouts (Must have Scoutmaster and Cubmaster’s permission before doing and Cubmaster performance sign-off.)


The scribe is the troop’s secretary. Though not a voting member, he attends meetings of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of the discussions. He cooperates with the patrol scribes to record attendance and dues payments at troop meetings and to maintain troop advancement records. A member of the troop committee may assist him with his work.


The historian collects and preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia and makes materials available for Scouting activities, the media, and troop history projects.  He is responsible for the creation of a Troop newsletter on a bi-monthly basis.


The quartermaster is the troop’s supply boss. He keeps an inventory of troop equipment and sees that the gear is in good condition. He works with patrol quartermasters as they check out equipment and return it, and at meetings of the patrol leaders’ council he reports on the status of equipment in need of replacement or repair.   The quartermasters are responsible for making sure the equipment is properly cleaned and put away (ex: pot sets and chef tool kits are washed, dried and properly put away).


Each instructor is an older troop member proficient in a Scouting skill. He must also have the ability to teach that skill to others. An instructor typically teaches subjects that Scouts are eager to learn—especially those such as first aid, camping, knots, fire building, knife & axe skills and backpacking—that are required for outdoor activities and rank advancement. A troop can have more than one instructor.  The Instructor is required to instruct during a minimum of one half of the meetings and camping trips.

Leave No Trace Trainer

The Leave No Trace Trainer specializes in teaching Leave No Trace principles and ensuring that the troop follows these principles on outings. He can also help Scouts earn the Leave No Trace award. He should have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace. Ideally, he should have completed Leave No Trace training and earned the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.


Requirements for Rank Advancement:

Star Scout

Must serve actively for four months in one of the above leadership positions.  This includes attendance at 3 out of 4 meetings per month and attendance at the monthly campout.

Life Scout

Actively serve six months in one or more of the Leadership Positions listed in the requirements of Life Scout.  This includes attendance at 3 out of 4 meetings per month and attendance at the monthly campout.

Eagle Scout

Actively serve six months in one or more of the Leadership Positions listed in the requirements of Eagle Scout.  This includes attendance at 3 out of 4 meetings per month and attendance at the monthly campout.

As a rule for rank advancement for Star through Eagle -

To be credited for rank advancement in a leadership role within Troop 222 you must meet the following requirement,

  1. Be elected or appointed to a defined leadership position
  2. Be active by attending Troop Meetings 
    • In order for that month to count toward rank advancement, only one absence is permitted
    • Leaders must actively participate in the Troop/Patrol Meeting
  3. Attend Camping Trips
    • Within the period of leadership, attendance at all but one camping trip is required. (i.e. if you go on two camping trips then miss the next two you have only completed two months of leadership, not four)
  4. Fulfill the requirements of your leadership role (see descriptions)