Scout Leadership

Troop 351 offers a number of roles for scouts to develop leadership.  Holding one or more of these offices meet the leadership requirements for rank advancement:

  1. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM)
  2. is a Scout at least 16 years of age who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability.
    He is appointed by the Scoutmaster and works closely with him.

  3. Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
  4. is the top junior leader in the Troop. He also has the most challenging job in the Troop. He has the job because his fellow Scouts elected him. That means they feel he is the best qualified Scout to run the troop–which is exactly what he does. He leads all Troop and TLC meetings and in consultation with the Scoutmaster appoints other junior leaders and assigns specific responsibilities as needed.

  5. Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL)
  6. is appointed by the SPL upon consultation with the Scoutmaster. He is responsible for training and giving direction to the quartermaster, scribe, Troop historian, librarian, and instructors. He also may lead parts of meetings and other activities and step in to lead the Troop in the SPL’s absence. Qualifications for this position match those of the SPL’s. He is a member of the TLC.

  7. Scribe
  8. is the troop secretary. He attends the TLC meetings and keeps a logbook of their decisions. He keeps a record of attendance at meetings and activities and troop advancement. He works with a member of the Troop Committee in carrying out his responsibilities and entering the information in the Troop’s computer.

  9. Quartermaster
  10. is in charge of supplies and equipment. He keeps a current inventory of patrol and Troop equipment and sees that it is in good condition. He checks equipment in and out and reports to the TLC on equipment needing major repair or replacement. He works with a member of the Troop Committee in carrying out his responsibilities.

  11. Historian
  12. collects and cares for Troop memorabilia–photos, news stories, trophies, scrapbooks, flags, and awards.

  13. Librarian
  14. keeps the Troop’s books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor list available for checkout by Scouts and leaders. He also keeps a file of all troop literature and a record of all material loaned out. He recommends new acquisitions and reports on repair or replacement needs.

  15. Instructor
  16. is usually an older Scout who is proficient in one or more advancement skills, which he teaches to other Scouts.

  17. Chaplain Aide
  18. assists the Scoutmaster in the observance of religious holidays, program planning, and chapel meetings during campouts.

  19. Troop Guide
  20. usually an older Scout at least First Class in rank, is both a leader and a “big brother” to each patrol of new Scouts. He is a member of the TLC.

  21. Patrol Leaders
  22. are the elected leaders of the Patrol. They speak and vote for their patrol in TLC. They explain the Troop program to their patrol and lead them in carrying it out; they lead by example. They are elected by their patrol members for approximately 6 months. When elected Patrol Leader, the Scout is expected to place Scouting responsibilities above other commitments.

  23. Assistant Patrol Leader
  24. is elected by their fellow scouts to aid and assist the patrol leader. They can assume position of patrol leader if the patrol leader is not at the meeting or campout.

  25. Webmaster
  26. creates, updates and maintains the troop website and social presence.



The Patrol is a small (6-10) close group of Scouts that is the base of the entire Troop program.
They plan, camp, cook, hike, and do things together.
Patrol names are selected by the patrol and approved by the Scoutmasters.

The Leadership Corps consists of Scouts 14 years of age or older who have advanced at least to First Class rank.
They instruct and provide service to the Troop wherever needed at meetings and campouts.
Membership in this group includes, but is not limited to, the SPL, ASPL, JASM, Instructors,
and Troop Guides.

The Troop Leaders Council (TLC) consists of the Leadership Corps, individual Patrol Leaders,
Quartermaster, and Troop Scribe.
The TLC suggests program needs, campsites and summer camp.
The TLC meets monthly to plan the meeting agendas and campout activities.
The dates of the monthly TLC meetings are decided each fall.
For a detailed explanation of the qualifications and responsibilities of the Leadership Corps and
individual Patrol Leaders, see “Troop Leader Council Bylaws.”