Patrol Leaders - BSA Troop 2012

Introduction to
Leadership Skills
for Troops (ILST)
ILST Introduction
– Leadership is a vital part of Scouting.
– Scouts in positions of leadership run the troop by taking care of
the many tasks necessary for the troop to run smoothly.
– By accepting the responsibilities of troop leadership, Scouts are
preparing themselves to be leaders throughout their lives.
– The badge of office presented to a Boy Scout who is accepting a
position of troop leadership does not automatically make him a
good leader.
ILST Training is a prerequisite for National Youth
Leadership Training (NYLT)
“Trained” Patch Earned upon Completion of ILST
Thoughts on a Scout Led Troop
“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the
Scoutmaster’s most important job.”
“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.”
“Adults should never do anything a boy can do.”
- Robert S.S. Baden-Powell
The Scout-Led Troop
What does it mean when we say “a scout-led troop”?
“Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of
Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is
lead their patrols and the troop. The boys will make
mistakes now and then, and will rely upon the adult
leaders to guide them. But only through real hands-on
experience as leaders can scouts learn to lead.”
-Scoutmaster’s Handbook
Course Overview
• Module I – Troop Organization includes scout
leadership positions and discussion of servant
• Module II – Tools of the Trade covers some core skill
sets to help the Scout lead, including communicating,
planning, and teaching.
• Module III – Leadership & Teamwork incorporates
additional leadership tools for the Scout, including
discussions of team characteristics, the stages of team
development and leadership, inclusion/using your team,
ethics and values of a leader, and vision.
Module I Introduction
• Troop Scout Leadership Organization
• Troop Leadership Positions
• Patrol Leaders’ Council
• Leadership Traits
• Vision
• Servant Leadership
All Scout Leadership Roles
• Set a good example
• Wear the Scout uniform correctly
• Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law
• Show and help develop Scout spirit
Senior Patrol Leader
Position description: The senior patrol leader is elected by the Scouts to
represent them as the top youth leader in the troop.
Preside at all troop meetings, events, activities, and annual planning
Chair the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC)
Appoint Scout leaders with the advice and consent of the Scoutmaster
Assign duties and responsibilities to other Scout leaders
Set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop
Reports to: The Scoutmaster
Position description: The assistant senior patrol leader is the second highestranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader
with the approval of the Scoutmaster.
Help lead meetings and activities as called upon by the senior patrol leader
Guide the troop in the absence of the SPL
Perform tasks assigned by the senior patrol leader
Member of the PLC
Reports to: The Senior Patrol Leader
Patrol Leader
Position description: The patrol leader is elected as the leader of his patrol.
Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities
Keep patrol members informed
Assign each patrol member needed tasks and help them succeed
Represent patrol at all PLC meetings and annual planning conference
Prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities
Show and help develop patrol spirit
Work with other troop leaders to make troop run well
Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Assistant Patrol Leader
Position description: The APL is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the
patrol in his absence.
Help PL plan and lead patrol meetings and activities
Help PL keep patrol members informed
Help the PL prepare the patrol to take part in all troop activities
Show and help develop patrol spirit
Represent the patrol at all PLC meetings in the PL’s absence
Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well
Reports to: The Patrol Leader
Troop Guide
Position description: The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them
feel comfortable and earn their First Class rank in their first year.
Introduce new Scouts to troop operations
Guide new Scouts through early Scouting activities
Help set and enforce the tone for good Scout behavior within the troop
Ensure older Scouts never harass or bully new Scouts
Coach the patrol leader of the New-Scout patrol on his duties
Member of PLC
Assist Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM) with training
Reports to: The ASM for the New-Scout patrol
Position Description: The scribe documents and maintains troop records.
Attend and keep a log of PLC meetings
Record attendance and dues payments of all troop members
Record advancement in troop records and on the troop advancement chart
Work with the appropriate troop committee members responsible for
finance, records, and advancement
Reports to: ASPL
Position description: The quartermaster is responsible for troop equipment.
Keep records of patrol and troop equipment
Keep equipment in good repair
Keep equipment storage area neat and clean
Issue equipment and see that it is returned in good order
Suggest new or replacement items
Work with troop committee member responsible for equipment
Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Den Chief
Position description: The den chief works with the Cub Scouts’ Webelos den,
and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack.
• Serve as the activities assistant at den meetings
• Meet regularly with the den leader to review the den and pack meeting
• Help prepare boys to join Boy Scouts
Reports to: The den leader in the pack and the ASM for the New-Scout patrol
Leave No Trace Trainer
Position description: Serves to assure the troop executes leave no trace in
all endeavors
Have a thorough understanding of and commitment to Leave No Trace
Successfully complete the Leave No Trace Trainer training course
Help minimize the troop's impact on the land by teaching Scouts the
principles of Leave No Trace
Help ensure that the troop follows Leave No Trace principles on outings
Reports to: ASPL
Chaplain Aide
Position description: The chaplain’s aide works with the troop chaplain to
meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the
religious emblems program.
Keep troop leaders apprised of religious holidays when planning activities
Assist the troop chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting the religious
needs of troop members while on activities
Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities
Lead worship services on campouts
Tell troop members about the religious emblems program for their faith
Reports to: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Position description: The junior assistant Scoutmaster 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 leadership ability.
Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster
Reports to: The Scoutmaster
Patrol Leaders’ Council
• Who/what is the PLC?
• How often does it meet and what does it do?
– Annually
– Monthly
• How are the meetings run?
• How does the troop find out what was discussed at
PLC meetings?
Leadership Traits
Keep your word. Don't make promises you can't keep.
Be fair to all. A good leader shows no favorites. Don't allow friendships to
keep you from being fair to all members of your troop or patrol.
Be a good communicator. You don't need a commanding voice to be a
good leader, but you must be willing to step out front with an effective "Let's
go." A good leader knows how to get and give information so that everyone
understands what's happening.
Be flexible. Not everything goes as planned. Be prepared to shift to "Plan
B" when "Plan A" doesn't work. Think about "Plan C."
Be organized. The time you spend planning will be repaid many times over.
Delegate. Some leaders assume that the task will not get done unless they
do it themselves. Most people like to be challenged with a task. Empower
your team members to do things they have never tried.
Leadership Traits (cont’d)
Set an example. The most important thing you can do is lead by example.
Whatever you do, your troop members are likely to do the same. A cheerful
attitude can keep everyone's spirits up.
Be consistent. Nothing is more confusing than a leader who acts one way
one moment and another way a short time later. If your troop knows what to
expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership.
Give praise. The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a "nice job"
is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the
efforts of the troop.
Ask for help. Don't be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many
resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don't know
how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and
• Vision is critical for success in any role or project.
• The group and individual must first know what
success looks like before it can be achieved.
• Discuss a Troop (group) Vision Statement.
• Think about an Individual Vision Statement for each
scout leadership role you wish to hold.
• Then, create Troop/Individual goals to help reach the
vision of success.
Servant Leadership
What do you think the phrase "servant leadership" means?
Why do you think Scouting encourages us to be servant leaders?
How can you be an effective servant leader in your role?
Is servant leadership focused on the team, the individuals, or both/all?
What do you think other members of the team think of a good servant
How can a Scout serve as a servant leader? What are some examples?
Module II – Tools of the Trade
Communications - Being an effective listener and an
effective communicator are valuable tools for any leader.
Planning - Proper planning makes the difference in almost
all Scouting activities.
Teaching - The EDGE method can be used any time a
leader is helping others learn.
Greek philosopher Aristotle broke communications down into three (3)
– Sender
– Message
– Receiver
This is still a valid model today in all forms of communications:
Receiving (Listening) – Understand the value of being a good listener. It is
fundamental to being a good leader.
Second only to communicating, good planning is an essential skill for
effective leadership. Events don’t “just happen”, but must be carefully
What are some recent events that were not planned well and what were the results?
– Freeze-O-Ree
– Thanksgiving Dinner Boxes for the Dulles Food Bank
What are some recent events that were well planned and what were the results?
– Webelos-O-Ree
– September’s hike-to-the-waterfall campout
Better planning leads to more fun and greater success
Planning Scenario (Appendix A at the end of this presentation)
Teaching EDGE
The four-step EDGE process is a simple method for teaching any skill:
1. Explain — The trainer explains how something is done.
2. Demonstrate — After the trainer explains, the trainer demonstrates while
explaining again. This gives the learner a clear understanding of what success
looks like.
3. Guide — The learner tries the skill while the trainer guides him through it.
The trainer gives instant feedback as the learner practices the skill.
4. Enable — The learner works independently under the watchful eye of the
trainer. The trainer helps remove any obstacles to success, thus enabling the
learner to succeed.
Module III – Leadership & Teamwork
Teams and Team Characteristics
Stages of Team Development
Servant Leadership
Teams and Team Characteristics
Temporary vs Permanent Teams
Common Purpose
Interdependence – all members must be successful in individual roles
Roles, Structure, and Process
People know their roles and boundaries
Decisions are agreed upon and supported – Feedback is timely and useful
Communications channels are open
Leadership and Competence
Goal must be clear
Personal goals linked to team goals
Members have necessary skills to accomplish their tasks
Team has the leadership and support it needs to succeed
Team Climate is respectful, trusting, and collaborative
Performance Standards are high and continuously monitored and
Stages of Team Development
• Forming – Starting Out (Enthusiasm High; Skills Low)
• Storming – Becoming Discouraged (Enthusiasm & Skills Low)
• Norming – Making Progress (Enthusiasm & Skills Increasing)
• Performing – Finding Success (Enthusiasm & Skills High)
Servant Leaders
• Need to Listen and know when the time for discussion
is over.
• Achieve Consensus and know when to preserve things
that are good without foundering in a constant storm of
question and reinvention.
• Set/Maintain Standards and know when to reject what
does not maintain those standards or the team vision.
• Serve Their Customers and know how to make a
difference with the team.
Appendix A – Planning Project
On a Saturday, six weeks from now, the troop will conduct a service project at a
local city park. Tasks:
Install 50 feet of split-rail fence around a tree
Remove old plants and undergrowth from a nearby area ( approximately 500 square feet)
Lay down week block in the cleared area
Spread 6 cubic feet of mulch in cleared area and under fenced-in tree
Plant 15-20 small plants and shrubs in a small garden in a 3rd area
Of note:
All 3 work areas are within line of sight and earshot
The city will provide:
Wood and hardware for fence
Plants for garden
Weed block fabric
Trash receptacles for removed materials
Troop participants must provide any equipment needed to perform the work
Plan to start and finish the work on that one Saturday
Appendix A (cont’d)
22 scouts
6 trained adult leaders
4 unregistered parents
Plan what equipment you need for the project and how you will get it
Plan how to use and manage the man-power on the day of the project

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