Troop Guide Intro

Minimum Rank for this job: Star

Ranks that this job may apply toward: Star, Life        

Leadership Position Coordinator: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader – Assistant Scoutmaster

Job Description: Troop Guide is a six month leadership position for those who have achieved STAR rank or above. You are assigned a patrol of new scouts.   It is your responsibility to make the new scouts feel welcome, learn basic scouting skills and responsibilities, achieve Second Class by the end of their first year, and learn how to function as Boy Scout patrol.

You must attend 75 percent of all campouts and outings that occur during your term. You must be present for Beaver Valley, Ski Weekend, Summer Camp, Camporee, and Merit badge weekend. You must attend PLC.

Duties of Position:

A Scout is Trustworthy.

You will attend as many campouts and functions as possible to help your new scouts acclimate to life in the Troop and a Patrol. You have promised to be available for these scouts during your term – even if something more interesting is going on in your regular patrol.

A Scout is Loyal.

Scouts who have a positive experience and role models in their first year are more likely to stay in the Troop and develop leadership. Your work in this term determines the growth and health of our Troop.

A Scout is Helpful.

Your new patrol needs help learning the basic scouting skills in your scout handbook. We would like them to achieve Second Class Rank by the end of their first year. They need to know how to prepare for campouts and work as a patrol. They need to know what to do if they experience harassment or feel threatened. They need to know how to behave according to the scout oath and law. They need to know how to succeed at summer camp. You need to teach them all of these things.

A Scout is friendly.

Making the new scouts feel welcome and valued is VITAL to the success and growth of our Troop. New scouts may seem immature, annoying, and not listen very well. You were the same way a few years ago. Someone was nice enough to show you how to be a scout in a friendly manner. Be friendly to your new scouts.

A Scout is courteous.

Set a good example for your new scouts by using clean language and talking about subjects appropriate for their age. Refrain from sarcastic criticism. Show respect to the new Scouts.

       A Scout is kind.

Make sure that older Scouts treat new Scouts with respect within the guidelines of the Scout anti-harassment policy.

A Scout is obedient.

There are many rules in scouts that are important to follow. Youth Protection, Anti-bullying, Patrol structure and leadership, Safety, Discipline policies are some of these rules. You demonstrate and teach these rules by following them yourself. Set a good example by obeying the Troop Rules.

A Scout is cheerful.

New scouts are very sensitive to your attitude. They know if you would rather be somewhere else.   Take joy in your leadership role. Help the new scouts have a good time.

A Scout is thrifty.

Help the new scouts set up, maintain, and properly use their Patrol equipment. Help them plan menus, help them prepare a shopping list, and help them organize their patrol box. Help them prepare meals that are healthy and do not waste food or resources.

A Scout is Brave.

It takes a great deal of courage for 10 year old boys to do activities with High school boys. Make sure there is a place for the new scouts in Troop games and activities. Encourage them on longer hikes and activities.

A Scout is Clean.

Wear your Scout uniform correctly for all required events. Be proud of your appearance. Make sure your new patrol keeps their equipment clean and in working order.

A Scout is Reverent.

Show respect to the faith and traditions of your new scouts, even if they are different than your own.

In addition, keep a notebook of your leadership term, complete a summary of leadership skills learned in this job, and keep track of your new scouts progress and advancements.

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