Assistant Patrol Leader    ê 





Type:                    Appointed by the Patrol Leader

Term:                    6 Months

Reports to:         Patrol Leader

Description:       The Assistant Patrol Leader is appointed by the Patrol Leader and

                          leads the patrol in his absence.

Comments:        Substituting for the Patrol Leader is only part of the Assistant Patrol

                          Leader's job. The APL actively helps run the patrol.

Special Note:     This Position cannot be used for rank advancement



Age:                       none

Rank:                     none

Experience:            none

Attendance:           50% over previous 6 months



Training:              You must attend the Troop Leadership Training even if you have

                             attended in the past.

Attendance:       You are expected to attend 75% of all troop meetings, outings, and service

                           projects. If your attendance is low, or if you have three (3) unexcused absences

                           in a row, you can be removed from office.

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



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 Senior Patrol Leader or 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

                          someone will assume your responsibilities.



Ø      Helps the Patrol Leader plan and steer patrol meetings and activities.

Ø      Must be well informed in case the Patrol Leader is absent.

Ø      Helps the Patrol Leader keep patrol members informed.

Ø      Helps the patrol get ready for all troop activities.

Ø      Represents his patrol at Patrol Leader's Council meetings when the Patrol Leader cannot attend.

Ø      Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.



What this means for Troop 223

Assist the Patrol Leader in the following:

·         Planning and leading patrol meetings and activities.

·         Keeping the patrol members informed.

·         Preparing your patrol to take part in Troop activities.

·         Assist your Patrol Leader by following through on assigned duties.

·         Keep informed.

·         Make sure you know what is going on so you can help out.

Assume responsibilities of the Patrol Leader in his absence.

·         Know what the Patrol Leader is supposed to do and fill in for him when he is absent.

Represent the patrol at the PLC in the absence of the Patrol Leader.

·         In the absence of your Patrol Leader, represent and vote for your patrol at the PLC.

·         Attend at LEAST two PLC meetings with the Patrol Leader present to learn the process and procedures.

Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.

·         Make sure you know what you are supposed to do and do it well.

·         Help whenever you can to maintain discipline.

Develop patrol spirit.

Work with PL to ….

·         Have your patrol flag at all troop and patrol activities

·         Have a patrol yell.

·         Have skits ready for outdoor campfire programs

·         Assist Troop Chaplain in Scout Own Service during outings when necessary.

Keep others informed:

·         In the absence of the PL, call the Patrol members each week to check they are following up on their assignments and communicate program information.

·         Be sure to let the PL know if you are going to be absent so he can have someone fill in for you.


Scout Leadership Position Application (PDF)