Scouts BSA Troops are led by the youth members. If you are new to Scouts BSA, it is important to understand what the different positions do. For youth members, understanding the various positions will help them understand who they should look to for assistance. And for new parents, knowing what the responsibilities are for each position will help them understand the program better.
The Senior Patrol Leader is the top youth leader in the troop. He is elected by the scouts in the troop. The description below represents the expectations for this position in our troop. Specifics can vary from one troop to another.
The printable copy also includes a self evaluation form for the position. Our youth leaders self evaluate at least once during their term. We try to keep it positive with them, but it does help them recognize areas they should be working on.
Printable copy of Senior Patrol Leader Description and Self Evaluation
Senior Patrol Leader (SPL)
The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop.
- First Class rank or higher
- Must be approved by the Scoutmaster
- Elected by the youth members of the troop
- May not serve two consecutive terms (Exception: May run for a consecutive term if there are only one or zero candidates)
Reports to: Scoutmaster
Senior Patrol Leader duties:
- Preside at all troop meetings and activities. Attendance expectation 80%
- Chair the monthly Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). Attendance expectation 80%
- Participate in outings. Attendance expectation 65%
- Appoint Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster.
- Assign specific duties to other youth leaders.
- Assist the Scoutmaster in training youth leaders.
- Delegate tasks to the ASPL. Make sure ASPL attends any meeting/function he will not be able to attend.
- Oversee the planning efforts of scouts for all troop events.
- 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.