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Green Notebook


Troop Organization & Leader Responsibilities

"A new Scoutmaster is likely to approach his troop with self-confidence. He anticipates that his enthusiasm will excite his young charges to get the most they can out of Scouting. Learning about the characteristics of boys, how to motivate them, how to deal with their behavior, and how to help them with their problems will give the Scoutmaster the insights necessary to enjoy working with his Scouts."

Troop 813 will consist of new scout and regular patrols. If enough interest is shown by the boys, a Venture crew or Varsity team may be incorporated within the troop. Exact numbers and composition of patrols will be in accordance with established BSA guidelines.

Troop elections will be conducted during the first Troop meeting in March and September to elect the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and each Patrol Leader (except Patrol leader for new scout patrol). The Patrol Leader (PL) for the new scout patrol will be elected monthly or when the PL moves up to a regular patrol. The Crew Leader will be selected at the beginning of each new Venture activity. The Team Captain will be selected at the beginning of each new season for the sport they have chosen. Eligibility requirements for each position are based on the date of the Troop/Patrol elections.

(1) SPL: Will be elected by a simple majority of all Scouts present at the meeting. To be eligible, a Scout shall be any active Scout holding the rank of Star or higher.

(2) Each PL/crew chief/team captain will be elected by a simple majority of the Scouts present at the meeting from that patrol/crew/ team.

(3) The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) shall be appointed by the SPL and his term of office shall be for the same as the SPL. To be eligible, a Scout shall be any active Scout holding the rank of First Class or higher.

(4) Assistant patrol leaders/crew chiefs/team captains shall be appointed by their patrol leader/crew chief/team captain and his term of office shall be for the same as the patrol leader/crew chief/team captain.

(5) If any elected Troop leader departs prior to completing his term in office, the assistant will fill the vacancy until the next scheduled troop elections. He will appoint a new assistant to complete the term.

The Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) is responsible for planning and running the Troop's activities and training new PLs. An overall and detailed responsibility of the Troop Leadership and the PLC are outlined in "The Junior Leader Handbook."

What You Can Do

"There are a number of easy ways you can make Scouting an interesting, challenging, yet safe place to be, worthwhile experience for troop mem-bers and an enjoyable one for you. These measures also create an atmosphere that prevents behavior and interpersonal problems, while it motivates Scouts to do their best."

Responding to Problems

"Parents and Scout leaders expect young people to develop the qualities of integrity and compassion for others. They want them to know right from wrong. How can you teach ethical values? You will find continual opportunities arising from the activities and interactions of your troop members. After an activity or in the middle of a problem, it is a good idea to stop, sit down, and discuss what happened. We call this reflection."

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