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Type:               Elected by members of the patrol

Term:               6 Months

Reports to:     Senior Patrol Leader

Description:   The Patrol Leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents

                      his patrol on the Patrol Leader's Council.

Comments:    The Patrol Leader may easily be the most important job in the troop.

                     He has the closest contact with the

                      patrol members and is in the perfect position to help and guide them. The Patrol Leaders, along with the

                      Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader are the primary members of the

                      Patrol Leaders' Council.



Age:                12 or older

Rank:              1st Class or higher

Experience:      none

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 80% 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 the Assistant Patrol Leader is ready to assume your responsibilities.



Ø      Appoints the Assistant Patrol Leader.

Ø      Represents the patrol on the Patrol Leader's Council.

Ø      Plans and steers patrol meetings.

Ø      Helps Scouts advance.

Ø      Acts as the chief recruiter of new Scouts.

Ø      Keeps patrol members informed.

Ø      Knows what his patrol members and other leaders can do.

Ø      Follows the Patrol Method and understands the 10 things to be a better leader.



What this means for Troop 223

Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.


·         Have at least six patrol activities during your term.         (Not Meetings)

·         Use assigned patrol areas during Troop meetings to make decisions and get informed.

·         Make sure Patrol meetings are planned in detail one month in advance. 

·         Make sure tentative Patrol meeting are planned two months in advance.

·         Ensure your activity plan is represented properly on the troop web site calendar.

·         Check for updates on the web site.

Assign patrol members a job and help them succeed.

·         Make sure your patrol has an active APL, scribe, and quartermaster.

·         Make up duty rosters for campouts and post them for your patrol.

Represent the patrol at the PLC and annual planning meeting if invited.

·         Attend all PLC meetings and annual program planning meeting if invited.

·         Keep a list of what patrol members need for advancement and work with SPL, Guides, Instructors, and ASM’s to help them succeed.

·         Know what your patrol members like to do.

Develop patrol spirit.

·         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.

·         Call the Patrol members each week to check they are following up on their assignments and communicate program information.

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

·         Make sure you know what is supposed to happen and what responsibilities the patrol has.


Ten Tips for Being a Better Leader


1.                  Keep Your Word

2.                  Don't make promises you can't keep

3.                  Be a Good Communicator

4.                  Be Flexible

5.                  Be Organized

6.                  Delegate

7.                  Set an Example

8.                  Be Consistent

9.                  Give Praise

10.              Ask for Help


Scout Leadership Position Application (PDF)