Troop Leader Resources

Troop Structure

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The above charts are samples to help guide the Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader in determining the leadership that the troop needs.  Most troops will fall somewhere in the middle on a given election cycle depending upon the number of youth interested in leadership positions and their skills.

Regarding election cycles, the troop should select the length and timing of leadership position changes.  Some units change positions every six months; some only annually. Considerations to keep in balance:

  • Leadership positions are a component of advancement, so it is important that all youth have the opportunity to lead.
  • It can take time for youth leaders to “hit their stride”, so they and the troop need to allow sufficient time in role to do so.
  • A year, or even six months, is a long time in the life of a scout.  Be sure to be realistic about youths ability to sustain a commitment.
  • Many scouts have other activities with “seasons”.  It can be helpful to time position changes with those seasons to enable the scout to lead during the off-season.
  • Consider how leadership terms line up with the troop’s program plan such as summer camp.
  • Most scouting age youth rely on parents for transportation, so it is important that parents/guardians understand a commit to supporting their youth in a leadership role.

Regardless of the timing and duration chosen, it is important to plan for youth leadership training (ILST) at the start of each leadership term.