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Type:              Appointed by the Scoutmaster

Term:             12 Months

Reports to:     Scoutmaster

Description:   The Troop Guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and

                     earn their First Class rank in their first year.

Comments:    The first year as a Boy Scout is a critical time with new places, new people,

                      new rules, and new activities. The Troop Guide is a friend to the new Scouts

                      and makes first year fun and successful. This is an important position.



Age:               Preferably 14 or older

Rank:             Star or higher

Experience:    Patrol Leader 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 90% 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  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      Introduces new Scouts to troop operations.

Ø      Guides new Scouts through early Scouting activities.

Ø      Shields new Scouts from harassment by older Scouts.

Ø      Helps new Scouts earn First Class in their first year.

Ø      Teaches basic Scout skills.

Ø      Attends campouts and works with new Scout Patrol when needed.

Ø      Coaches the patrol leader of the new Scout patrol on his duties.

Ø      Works with the patrol leader at Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings.

Ø      Attends Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings with the patrol leader of the new Scout patrol.

Ø      Assists the Assistant Scoutmaster with training.

Ø      Counsels individual Scouts on Scouting challenges.



What this means for Troop 223

Help Scouts meet advancement requirements through First Class in their first year.

·         Work with the SM and ASM to develop and implement First Class Emphasis programs for new Scouts.

Guide new Scouts through early Troop experiences to help become comfortable in the Troop and the outdoors.

·         Make sure the Instructors know what assignment they have been given by the staff.

·         Help new Scouts become familiar with the way things are done by the patrol method in Scouting.

·         Help with menu planning, troop gear, and personal gear needed for the outdoor experience.

·         Help maintain discipline.

Teaches scouts new duties and responsibilities that exist within the troop and patrol.

·         Help the new patrols so they can effectively operate.

·         Help new scouts understand patrol and troop leadership positions.

Attend the PLC meetings.

·         Functions as PL and attends PLC meetings and shares information with patrol.

·         Invite different patrol members to the PLC to prepare them for future leadership roles.

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.

Prevent harassment of new Scouts by older Scouts.

·         Make sure older Scouts don’t take advantage of the new scouts

Keep others informed.

·         Talk to the new Patrol Leader each week to check they are following

                                                       Scout Leadership Application (PDF)