Youth Positions of Responsibility are leadership roles that Scouts perform. Some of them are appropriate for advancing to Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks.

In order to advance to the rank of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout, you must hold one of the following leadership positions for a certain amount of time. For Star, you must hold one of these positions for 4 months or more and for Life and Eagle you must hold them for 6 months or more.

An Adult Leader is anyone registered as an Adult in the Boy Scouts of America. The term “Scouter” typically refers to an Adult Leader who has actively served for at least 1 to 3 years and would qualify for a Scouter Award. The term “Volunteer” sometimes can mean Adult Leader depending upon context but can also refer to non-registered adults who help a unit such as unregistered parents.

Different divisions of the Boy Scouts of America use a variety of terms that all mean a registered Adult Leader including: Adult Member, Adult Scouter, Volunteer Leader, Adult Volunteer, and leader. A Professional Scouter is a paid employee of the BSA such as a District Executive or council Scout Executive.

Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Senior Patrol Leader is the youth head of the troop. All other youth positions report to him, directly or indirectly. He is elected by the troop’s youth members as a whole, usually to serve a 6- or 12-month term.

Reports to: Scoutmaster

* Runs all troop meetings, events, activities, and the annual program planning conference.
* Runs the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) meetings.
* Appoints other troop junior leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
* Assigns duties and responsibilities to junior leaders.
* Assists the Scoutmaster with junior leader training.
* Sets a good example.
* Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
* Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
* Shows Scout spirit.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop. He is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader under the guidance of the Scoutmaster.

Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

* Helps the senior patrol leader lead meetings and activities.
* Runs the troop in the absence of the senior patrol leader.
* Helps train and supervise the troop scribe, quartermaster, instructor, librarian, historian, and chaplain’s aide.
* Serves as a member of the patrol leaders’ council.
* Sets a good example.
* Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
* Lives by the Scout Oath and Law
* Show Scout spirit.
* Lends a hand controlling the patrol and building patrol spirit.
* Wears the uniform correctly

Chartered Organization Representative

Description: The Chartered Organization Representative (COR) is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization’s contact with the District Committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. If the chartered organization has more than one unit, one representative serves them all. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the Unit Committee Chair.

* Help select the right leadership for the unit.
* Encourage unit leaders and committee members to take training.
* Promote well-planned unit programs.
* Serve as a liaison between the units and the organization.
* Organize enough units.
* Promote the recruiting of new members.
* See that boys transition from unit to unit.
* Help with the charter renewal.
* Suggest Good Turns for the organization.
* Encourage the unit committee to hold meetings.
* Cultivate organization leaders.
* Encourage outdoor program activities.
* Emphasize advancement and recognition.
* Utilize district help and promote the use of district personnel and materials.
* Use approved unit finance policies.
* Encourage recognition of leaders.
* Cultivate resources to support the organization.
* Represent the organization at the council level.

Troop Committee Chairman

Description: The Troop Committee Chairman is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The troop committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.

* Organize the committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated and completed.
* Maintain a close relationship with the chartered organization representative and the Scoutmaster.
* See that unit leaders and committee members have training opportunities.
* Interpret national and local policies to the unit.
* Work closely with the Scoutmaster in preparing Troop Committee meeting agendas.
* Call, preside over, and promote attendance at monthly unit committee meetings and any special meetings that may be called.
* Ensure unit representation at monthly roundtables.
* Secure top-notch, trained individuals for camp membership.
* Arrange for charter review and recharter annually.
* Plan the charter presentation program.