Within any Boy Scouts of America organization, there is a hierarchy that keeps the entire group functioning properly. Each position per level plays an important part in managing their counterparts to ensure everyone’s success. At the top, there is the organizational representative while the levels below would be the Scoutmaster and other leaders to follow. Here is a list of the important positions within a Boy Scouts of America organization to help you understand better how it all works.
1. Scoutmaster: The Scoutmaster’s job is to train Scout leaders and prepare them for their position in leadership. The Scoutmaster is also responsible for working with the Scout leaders in creating programs and activities for his troop.
2. Patrol Leader: Right under the Scoutmaster is the Patrol Leader who is in charge of all troop activities, as well every Patrol Leader’s Council meeting. A Patrol Leader also serves as the spine of the patrol, making sure that everyone is working as a team to keep the unit strong and functioning properly.
3. Troop Guide: The Troop Guide’s mission is to be a mentor and trainer for all new patrol members joining along. Anyone in the role is also obligated to teach all new members the basic Scout skills.
4. Quartermaster: Every Quartermaster is responsible for all of the troop’s unit equipment. This means ensuring that all the equipment is maintained properly and accounted for so that nothing breaks or gets lost.
5. Scribe: Scribes are responsible for keeping track of every meeting as well as a record of attendance and paid dues for each Scout member.
6. Den Chief: Den Chiefs assist Cub Scout leaders at community meetings and help to coordinate different plans for the pack meetings. Also, they work on motivating Cub Scouts to move up the rank and also help each one to achieve their purpose as a Scout.
7. Instructor: The instructor works as a teacher and teaches all troops the basic Scouting skills as well as any other skill they’ve perfected.
8. Historian: Historians are the ones who keep track of all Scout memorabilia including photographs, badges, news reports, and flags. They manage the unit’s scrapbook and also maintain every trophy and souvenir from every Scout adventure.
9. Librarian: The librarian works as an actual librarian for their Scouts to make sure all books and materials are accounted for. They’re also responsible for taking care of the troop library and making sure everything is returned properly.
10. Webmaster: Troop Webmasters have to maintain the troop’s website and make sure that all of the information is correct and consistently updated.
11. Order of the Arrow Representative: OA Representatives are the liaison between their local Order of Arrow lodge and their troops. They are also responsible for communication between both parties.
12. Outdoor Ethics Guide: The responsibility of this job is to make sure that all of the troops are following the entire code of ethics for the outdoors. This includes the “Leave No Trace” and the “Tread Lightly” principles, as well as the “Outdoor Code”.
13. Junior Assistant Scoutmaster: The role of a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is reserved for a younger Scout to work as an assistant to the Scoutmaster while abiding by the age limits. The age requirement is sixteen years old; When he turns 18, he becomes eligible to move up the ladder and serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
For each and every role within a Boy Scouts of America organization, there is one common task that’s obliged to each position: Set a good example for the other Scouts.