About the Quartermaster Position
The Quartermaster is a youth leadership position within a Scouts BSA troop. They are responsible for managing the troop’s equipment, including tents, cooking gear, and other supplies. The Quartermaster plays a crucial role in ensuring that the troop has the necessary equipment and supplies to carry out its activities and events.
One of the key responsibilities of the Quartermaster is to maintain an inventory of the troop’s equipment. This includes keeping track of what equipment is available, what condition it is in, and what needs to be replaced or repaired. The Quartermaster is also responsible for ensuring that equipment is properly stored and maintained between uses.
Another important role of the Quartermaster is to ensure that the troop has the necessary equipment and supplies for its activities and events. This includes coordinating with the activity or event planner to determine what equipment is needed, as well as making sure that the equipment is properly packed and transported to the event location.
In addition to their equipment management responsibilities, the Quartermaster is also expected to lead by example and adhere to the Scout Oath and Law. This means setting a positive example for other Scouts by living up to the values of Scouting and demonstrating a strong commitment to service and community.
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.
Quartermaster Qualifications and Duties
This is just an example. Adjust as needed to meet the size, customs, and needs of your unit.
- Appointed by Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with Scoutmaster approval
- Tenderfoot rank or higher (not a BSA requirement)
Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Trained by: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader with assistance from the Assistant Scoutmaster for Older Scouts
May not serve three consecutive terms
Troop Quartermaster duties:
- Update troop equipment inventory quarterly.
- Keep equipment in good repair.
- Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order.
- Suggest new or replacement items.
- Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 80%
- Attend troop meetings. Attendance expectation 50%
- 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.