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Instructor Description and Self Evaluation

The Instructor is a youth leadership position within a Scouts BSA troop. They are responsible for teaching and training other troop members in specific skills, such as knot-tying, first aid, or camping techniques. The Instructor plays a crucial role in helping to ensure that troop members have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their Scouting endeavors.

The Instructor patch to be worn on the Scouts BSA uniform

One of the key responsibilities of the Instructor is to teach and train other troop members in specific skills. This includes developing lesson plans, demonstrating skills, and providing feedback and guidance to troop members as they learn and practice the skills.

Another important role of the Instructor is to assess troop members’ proficiency in various skills and recommend appropriate training or practice to help them improve. This includes helping to identify areas where troop members may need additional training or support, and providing resources or assistance to help them improve.

As an Instructor, one is expected to have a strong understanding of the skills being taught, communicate them effectively, and provide feedback to scouts to help them improve. Instructors are also responsible for demonstrating safe practices and ensuring that scouts follow all rules and regulations related to the skill being taught.

The position of Instructor requires strong communication and teaching skills, patience, and a passion for sharing knowledge. It is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills, improve one’s own skills and knowledge, and make a positive impact on the scouts in their troop.

The description below represents an example of the requirements and expectations for this position in one troop. Specifics can vary from one troop to another.

The printable copy also includes a self evaluation form for the position on the second page. Youth leaders might benefit from self evaluating during their term. If you use this, then keep it positive with them. It should only be used to help them recognize areas they should be working on.

Instructor Qualifications and Duties

This is just an example. Adjust as needed to meet the size, customs, and needs of your unit.

The Instructor teaches scout skills.


  • Appointed by SPL with Scoutmaster approval
  • First Class Rank or higher (Not a BSA requirement)

Reports to: The Assistant Scoutmaster

May not serve three consecutive terms

Instructor duties:

  • Instruct Scout skills as needed within the troop or patrols.
  • Prepare well in advance for each teaching assignment.
  • Be proficient in all Scouting skills from Tenderfoot through First Class.
  • Work with Troop Guide in advancing new scouts.
  • Conduct Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit, Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat instruction on campouts as needed.
  • Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 65%
  • Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 65%
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the field uniform (class A) correctly to all regular troop meetings and religious services.
  • Wear the activity uniform (class B t-shirt) to all outings and other troop activities.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show Scout spirit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum age or rank requirement for Instructor?

There is not a minimum set by BSA. However troops may set their own qualifications based on the size of their troop and the maturity of their troop. Since the Instructor is expected to teach early rank skills, it is not unreasonable that they should have demonstrated proficiency in those skills by attaining the rank of First Class.


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