Senior Patrol Leader  



Type:             Elected by the members of the troop

Term:             6 Months

Reports to:     Scoutmaster

Description:   The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top junior leader in the troop.

Comments:    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.



Age:                13 or older

Rank:              Star Rank or higher

Experience:      Previous service as SPL, ASPL, PL

Training:          National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) preferred

Attendance:     75% 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 85% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders' Council 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 locatios.

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 Senior Patrol Leader is ready to assume

                            your responsibilities.



Ø       Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.

Ø       Runs the Patrol Leader's Council meeting.

Ø       Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.

Ø       Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.

Ø       Assists the Scoutmaster with Troop Leadership Training.



 Duties  What this means for Troop 223
Preside at all Troop meetings, events, activities and the annual program planning conference.
  • Have an agenda and backup plan for each meeting or event and share it with the ASPL one (1) week in advance of the event
  • Call people responsible for program items and remind them of their responsibility.· Conduct the meeting or event and direct the activities of other Junior Leaders and Scouts
  • Notify the SM and ASPL if you are going to be absent from a meeting or event.
  • Ensure meetings begin and end as scheduled

Runs the Patrol Leader Council (PLC).

  • Issue an agenda before the PLC so all can properly prepare for the meeting.· Conduct the PLC in an orderly fashion and stick to the agenda.
  • During the meeting do the following as a minimum:o Review the detailed program for the next month.
  • Plan the following month’s program in detail.
  • Assign responsibilities for each program item.
  • Discuss the 2-month additional look ahead

Appoint Leadership positions with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.

  • Before making any assignment, find out which Scouts need leadership positions for advancement.
  • Make selections based on above and Scouts experience, dependability and the requirements of the position to be held
Assign duties and responsibilities to other leaders
  • Delegate responsibilities throughout the Junior Leadership Staff

Keep others informed

  • Calls PL’s weekly and instructs them to call their patrol members to Insure they are prepared for troop/patrol program activity.
  • Inquire on the number of scouts attending the next scheduled activity/campout.

  • Call the SM, ASM or JASM to confer on upcoming program items.

  • Call the ASPL each week to check they are following up on their assignments and communicate program information


Scout Leadership Position Application (PDF)