Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Description and Self Evaluation

The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster is a youth member of a Scouts BSA Troop who serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his demonstrated leadership ability.

In our troop, this position is reserved for Eagle Scouts, although this is not a BSA requirement. We have enough other open positions for those who need leadership positions for advancement.  We often are struggling to get enough Scouts to be SPL, ASPL, patrol leaders, troop guides, and instructors. JD has served as a JASM since he turned 16, although he is finishing up his final six months as a Scout as SPL.

The description and requirements below are an example. Adjust them as necessary to meet the needs of your troop. The printable copy also includes a self evaluation form for the position.

Printable copy of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Description and Self Evaluation

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster


  • Appointed by Scoutmaster
  • At least 16 years old
  • Eagle Scout

Reports to: Scoutmaster

Trained by: Scoutmaster

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Duties:

  • Function as an Assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18 years of age or older).
  • Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.
  • Arrive 5 minutes before the start of troop meetings.
  • Participate in outings, service projects, events, etc. Attendance expectation 50%
  • 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.

2 Responses to Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Description and Self Evaluation

  1. Barry Griffin February 8, 2015 at 8:22 PM #

    Eagle Scout is not a qualification for Junior Assistant Scoutmaster but can be used as leadership position for Eagle Scout Rank.


    • Scouter Mom February 9, 2015 at 6:36 AM #

      As stated above, these were requirements in our troop. Adjust them to meet your own troop’s needs. In our small troop, we had positions like Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Patrol Leader not being filled. So we asked the Scouts seeking rank advancement to fill those positions instead.

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