Boy Scouts of America

Troop 270

Troop Leadership Positions

In Development -
Position Mentors are requested to submit information for their designated positions, such as I have done for the Historian position.

General Scout Leadership Expectations:

During his term of office, the Scout should:

  • Attend at least 50% of the campouts
  • Attend at least 75% of the troop meetings
  • Attend all Courts of Honor
  • Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Show Scout spirit
  • Set a good example for other Scouts
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Scoutmaster
Senior Patrol Leader
Top junior leader in the troop. He leads the patrol leaders' council and, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Fills in for senior patrol leader in his absence. He is also responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, troop historian, librarian, and instructors.

Troop Guide
Advisor and guide to the new Scout patrol.

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
A Scout 16 or older who supervises and supports other boy leaders as assigned.

Patrol Leader
Gives leadership to members of his patrol and represents them on the patrol leaders' council.

Assistant Patrol Leader
Fills in for the patrol leader in his absence.

Order of the Arrow Representative

Keeps troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for use by troop members.

Make himself proficient in playing the following bugle calls from memory; Reveille, Assembly, Mess, To the Colors, and Taps.
On campouts and when requested at other Troop functions, play the bugle calls as requested.

Chaplain's Aide
Assists in troop religious services and promotes religious emblems program.

The troop secretary.

Responsible for troop supplies and equipment.

Den Chief
Works with a Cub Scout den as a guide.

Troop Historian

Collects and maintains troop memorabilia and information on former troop members.


1. an expert in history; authority on history.

2. a writer of history; chronicler.

Why is this position important?
Why is it important to maintain a history of what we do as a Troop?

"We study the past to understand the present; we understand the present to guide the future." -- William Lund

The Troop Historian helps the Troop by documenting what we, as a Troop, do today, which will become the history of the Troop tomorrow.  Troop 270 does a lot for the community, and for each Scout that shares in the experiences of the Troop.  The historian helps to document contributions of individual Scouts and the Troop, as well as records fun, growth and service activities that are an important part of Scouting.

Specific Historian Projects and Tasks:

Work on the History web page on the website

Update the Eagle page on the website

Update the Eagle listing (11 X 17, posted on the Scout House Wall)

Update / add to the Troop scrap book

Update or organize historical information that is on display at the Scout House

The Historian is also welcome to propose new projects that help to record the history of the Troop.


The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop.

The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster is appointed by the head of the chartered organization. The Scoutmaster's duties include:


  • Train and guide boy leaders.
  • Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
  • Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.


  • Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
  • Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
  • Attend troop committee meetings.


  • Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for all rank advancements.
  • Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are promptly registered.
  • Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
  • Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.


  • Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
  • Participate in council and district events.
  • Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature.
  • Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.

Assistant Scoutmasters

To fulfill his obligation to the troop, the Scoutmaster, with the assistance of the troop committee, recruits assistant Scoutmasters to help operate the troop. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity). An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster's absence.

A troop should recruit as many assistant Scoutmasters as possible. It has been found that many successful troops have three or more.

Committee Chair

Duties of the Chairperson

  • Organize the committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated, and completed.
  • Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organizations representative and the Scoutmaster.
  • Interpret national and local policies to the troop.
  • Call, preside over, and promote attendance at monthly troop committee meetings and any special meetings that may be called.
  • Ensure troop representation at monthly roundtables.
  • Secure top-notch , trained individuals for camp leadership.
  • Arrange for charter review and recharter annually.
  • Plan the charter presentation.
The Unit Committee Chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA.  The Unit Committee Chair appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.

Chartered Organization Representative

Duties of the Chartered Organization Representative
  • The Chartered Organization Representative is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. 
  • This individual is also the organization's contact with the district committee and the Local Council. 
  • The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. 
  • The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the unit committee chair.
Committee Member

Duties of Committee Members

  • Attend and participate in monthly Committee meetings.
  • Conduct Boards of Review for advancement of Scouts through Life Rank.
  • Conduct mock boards of review for Eagle rank candidates.
  • Provide general assistance to the Troop and the Scoutmaster, as required.
  • Volunteer and carry out duties related to special assignments.
  • Committee Members may take the lead on camping trips, day outings, fundraising activities, maintenance and construction tasks, and other activities, especially in accordance with the skills of the individual member.

Duties of the Treasurer

  • Handle all troop funds. Pay bills on the recommendation of the Scoutmaster and authorization of the troop committee
  • Maintain checking and savings accounts
  • Train and supervise the troop scribe in record keeping.
  • Keep adequate records in the Troop/Team Record Book.
  • Supervise the camp savings plan.
  • Lead in the preparation of the annual troop budget.
  • Report to the troop at each meeting
  • Keep adequate records of expenses

Duties of the Secretary  

  • Keep minutes of meetings and send out committee meeting notices.
  • Report the minutes of the previous meeting.

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