One thing we’d like our youth leadership to consider is patrol activities. We have a pretty active troop program, but the patrols never do anything on their own. They could hike or get together to work on a requirement or even go on a campout.
Scouts BSA Youth Leadership
In 2010, BSA added two more Boy Scout youth leadership positions – Leave No Trace Trainer and Webmaster. The Leave No Trace Trainer is a youth member of the troop who ensures that Leave No Trace principles are followed on all troop outings and activities.
The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies. Bugler is one of those positions that many troops don’t fill. There was a troop next to us at the last camporee with a Bugler, and there is something really nice about hearing Taps played at lights out.
The Den Chief is a Scout who works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. They can lead games, participate in discussions, help with Scout skills, and more.
A mom sent in this question: “Our crew wants to stop the scouts from serving as President in the crew and Sr patrol leader at the same time. Does anyone else have this rule? “
Setting clear expectations for the youth leadership positions in a troop helps the youth members set goals. Some troops might also benefit from prioritizing the order positions are filled.