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TROOP LEADER RESOURCES About Troop Leader Resources In order to deliver the PROMISE OF SCOUTING, youth and adult troop leaders need to plan a program that is involving, challenging, and FUN! This website is filled with videos, action photos, useful information and practical ideas, to help make it easier for youth and adult troop leaders to […]

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Troop Committee | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Committee Chairman Committee Members

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Librarian | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Librarian. Troop librarians oversee the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. They check out these materials to Scouts and leaders and maintain records to ensure that everything is returned. They may also suggest the acquisition of new literature and report the need to repair or ...

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Troop Positions | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Troop Positions The Patrol Boards of Review Courts of Honor Fund Raisers Scoutmaster Conference Service Projects Recruiting New Members Click above for an […]

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Assistant Senior Patrol Leader | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The assistant senior patrol leader is the second highest youth leadership position in the troop, working closely with the senior patrol leader to help the troop move forward. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon, and provides leadership to other […]

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Chaplain Aide | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Chaplain aides assist the troop chaplain (usually an adult from the troop committee or the chartered organization) in serving the religious needs of the troop. They lead the troop in opening or closing prayer and mealtime blessings. Chaplain aides ensure that religious holidays are considered during the troop’s program planning process and promotes the BSA’s […]

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Troop Meeting Agenda | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) It’s been said that the weekly troop meeting is the glue that holds a Scout troop together. From beginning to end, there should always be something happening creating a focus, capturing and maintaining the Scouts’ attention, and providing the grounds for rewarding experiences. There should be a period set aside to learn new things that are useful and […]

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Scoutmaster Conference | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The Scoutmaster conference allows the Scoutmaster to review: a Scout’s growth in his understanding of Scouting’s ideals. how the Scout applies these ideals in his daily life and in the troop. the requirements of the Scout’s next rank so that he can be properly encouraged. In a Scout-run troop, the Scoutmaster does not assert his authority ...

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Assistant Scoutmaster | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) An assistant Scoutmaster is an adult leader over the age of 18 who helps the Scoutmaster deliver the promise of Scouting. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties. They can serve the troop by guiding a particular patrol to which they’ve been assigned, advising certain Scouts who’ve assumed a position e.g. the quartermaster or OA representative, or […]

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Webmaster | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Webmaster. Troop webmasters are responsible for maintaining the troop’s website. They make sure that information posted on the website is correct and up to date and that the privacy of youth and adult troop members is protected. A member of the troop committee may assist them with their work.

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Historian | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The historian collects, assembles, and preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia, and makes materials available for Scouting activities, courts of honor, the media, and troop history projects. Responsibilities gathers photos and facts about troop activities and keeps them in a historical file or scrapbook takes care of troop trophies ...

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Annual Planning Conference | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Annual Planning Monthly Planning Troop Meeting Planning In Scouting, planning is a two-phase process. Long-term planning results in an annual calendar and a set of unit goals for the year. Short-term planning yields detailed plans for one month’s meetings and outings—and sometimes a little more. The Annual Troop Program Planning Conference – printable pdf Troop Annual Program […]

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Plans & Ideas: FIRST AID | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Preopening Ideas on Troop Program Resources. Hand groups of arriving Scouts decks of cards listing steps in first aid (assess the scene, call 911, perform CPR, stop bleeding, treat for shock, splint broken bones, etc.). Have them sort the cards in the order of priority. Show arriving Scouts pictures of poisonous and nonpoisonous plants, and ...

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Troop Guide | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Troop guides serve as both a leader and a mentor to the members of the new-Scout patrol. They should be an older Scout who holds at least the First Class rank and can work well with younger Scouts.. The troop guide helps the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol lead their patrol, so they can develop into a well-functioning group, working together harmoniously and productively.

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The Boy Scouts of America's Mission, Vision, Aims, and ...

Posted: (52 years ago) The Scouting program has specific objectives, commonly referred to as the “Aims of Scouting.”. They are character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Leadership development is also one of Scoutings eight methods contributing to …

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Monthly Planning and the PLC | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The troop’s plans for each month are reviewed and carried out by the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). The patrol leaders’ council plans the yearly troop program at the annual planning conference. It then meets monthly to fine-tune the plans for the upcoming month. The PLC is made up of the senior patrol leader, who presides over the ...

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Senior Patrol Leader | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) With three green bars behind the Scout emblem, the senior patrol leader’s shoulder patch symbolizes one of the oldest leadership positions in Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America has long recognized the senior patrol leader as the highest youth leadership position in a troop. They are the primary link between a troop’s Scouts and its […]

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: COMMUNICATION | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Communication Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans and Ideas for Communication OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Help Scouts become better communicators and listeners. Introduce Scouts to a variety of communication methods. Help Scouts understand and overcome communication barriers. Emphasize the importance of Internet safety. Encourage Scouts to ...

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Program Feature Meeting Plans | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Program Feature Meeting Plans. Program Features is one of the BSA’s most useful tools for planning and preparing troop meetings. This short video provides a good overview of these valuable troop leader resources. If playback doesn't begin shortly, try restarting your device. Videos you watch may be added to the TV's watch history and ...

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Camping Equipment | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Camping Equipment. Whereas an established troop is already well-equipped, a new troop can go through a process of procuring its camping equipment as the needs arise. Stored in an equipment room, a shed, or inside a troop trailer, a troop’s camping equipment is normally classified in two ways: 1. Basic Troop Gear – used by the entire troop.

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Fishing Knots | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Fishing Information Troop Meetings Main Event Categorized List of Knots for Fishing and Fly Fishing Merit Badges The arbor knot is used to attach fishing line to the reel arbor, keeping the line from coming loose on the reel. The blood knot (or barrel knot) attaches two lengths of monofilament lines together. The improved clinch knot attaches the […]

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL | Troop Leader ...

Posted: (52 years ago) Wilderness Survival Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans & Ideas for Wilderness Survival OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Teach Scouts priorities in wilderness survival. Build on basic outdoor skills. Enhance skills in using natural resources to survive. Help Scouts understand the value of a positive mental attitude in the face […]

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: COOKING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Cooking Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans and Ideas for Cooking OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Focus on the basics of preparing good meals. Develop the skills needed to become self-sufficient in cooking for oneself and others. Teach a variety of cooking methods. Prepare Scouts to utilize different heat sources when cooking. […]

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Committee Chair | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The troop committee chair is appointed by the chartered organization to see that all committee functions are carried out. The troop committee chair appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders, and organizes the committee to see that all committee responsibilities are delegated, coordinated and completed. Back to Troop Positions

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: OUTDOOR ETHICS | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Outdoor Ethics Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans & Ideas for Outdoor Ethics OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Demonstrate the need for outdoor ethics Lead to greater appreciation for the outdoors and a strong determination to follow the Outdoor Code Teach the seven principles of Leave No Trace Introduce the […]

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Scribe | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The scribe is the troop’s secretary. Though not a voting member, they attend meetings of the patrol leaders’ council and keep a record of the discussions. They cooperate with the patrol scribes to record attendance and dues payments at troop meetings and to maintain troop advancement records. The troop scribe may be assisted by a […]

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: ORIENTEERING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Orienteering Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans and Ideas for Orienteering OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Teach Scouts basic map and compass skills. Give Scouts multiple opportunities to practice their map and compass skills. Introduce Scouts to the sport of orienteering. Help Scouts work toward the Orienteering merit badge. Foster […]

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OA Representative | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) OA Representative. Order of the Arrow representatives serve as a communication link between the troop and the local Order of the Arrow lodge. By enhancing the image of the Order as a service arm to the troop, they promote the OA, encourage Scouts to take part in all sorts of camping opportunities, and helps pave the way for older Scouts to ...

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: DUTY TO GOD | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Meeting Plans & Ideas: DUTY TO GOD. Teach Scouts what it means to do their duty to God. Help Scouts understand the role of the chaplain aide. Explore the intersection between religion and spirituality. Show Scouts how being of service to others relates to doing one’s duty to God. Help Scouts gain a better understanding of and respect for ...

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Junior Assistant Scoutmaster | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) A Scout at least 16 years of age who has shown outstanding leadership skills may be appointed by the Scoutmaster to serve as a junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM). The junior assistant Scoutmaster functions just like an assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18 years of age or older). In this capacity, junior […]

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Information: PADDLE SPORTS | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Paddle Sports Information Troop Meetings Main Event Related Advancement and Awards Tenderfoot requirements 1a Second Class requirements 1a First Class requirement 1a Canoeing, Kayaking, and Whitewater merit badges Kayaking BSA award BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding Award 50-Miler Award Sizing Your Life Jacket – On land, have a buddy stand behind you and firmly pull up both shoulder …

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: SWIMMING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Meeting Plans & Ideas: SWIMMING. Teach Scouts basic strokes of swimming. Provide a basic understanding of water safety practices. Demonstrate what constitutes a safe swimming area. Foster discussion of appropriate gear for swimming. Teach Scouts the buddy system. Build self-confidence as Scouts improve swimming skills and abilities.

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Fundraisers | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Fundraising efforts are most often an essential aspect of a troop’s operations. Beyond dues, troops need additional funds for a host of necessities—everything from camping gear to repairs on a troop vehicle. If other than a council-sponsored product sale, before deciding on a fundraiser, troop leaders should refer to Guides to Unit Money ...

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Information: DUTY TO GOD | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The Boy Scouts of America is an integral part of nearly every place of worship. This is because every Scout has a duty to God. A unit that is. chartered to a religious group provides Scouts the opportunity to recognize and fulfill their duty. Active involvement in your religious group is essential to your being a …

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: SPECIAL NEEDS AWARENESS | Troop ...

Posted: (52 years ago) Special Needs Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans & Ideas for Special Needs Awareness OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Help Scouts understand more about disabilities. Coach Scouts on how to interact respectfully with people who have disabilities. Demonstrate the importance of person-first language. Explain how persons who have disabilities ...

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Information: ORIENTEERING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Orienteering Information Troop Meetings Main Event Related Advancement Tenderfoot requirement 1b Second Class requirements 1a, 3a, 3d, and 3b First Class requirements 1a, and 4a Backpacking, Geocaching, Hiking, and Orienteering merit badges Orienteering Basics – The sport of orienteering began in the late 19th century in Scandinavia. In its classic form, orienteers (competitors) are given a ...

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Camping Trip Activities | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Camping Trip Activities. Camping can often play a central role in most of the 48 program features troops may choose as a monthly theme. During a monthly outing, each of these features can serve to provide a focus for activities that are relevant and engaging. In between the responsibilities reflected in the patrol duty roster, there are ...

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: SCIENCE | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Science Information Troop Meetings Main Event Printable PDF file of Meeting Plans and Ideas for Science OBJECTIVES This month’s activities should: Define what science is Help Scouts understand careers that use science Help Scouts understand and demonstrate the scientific method Help Scouts understand the different sciences, or “-ologies” Relate science to science fiction Encourage Scouts

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Patrol Duty Roster | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Patrol Duty Roster. The duties roster is a blueprint for shared responsibility. In preparation for the main event, during breakout group sessions, buddies are assigned to various tasks to assure their patrol’s smooth running and organization for mealtimes. Everyone has a job to do.

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: HIKING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Meeting Plans & Ideas: HIKING. Lead to improved physical fitness. Teach Scouts to understand, prevent, and mitigate hazards that may be encountered while hiking. Teach first aid for injuries that may occur while hiking. Help Scouts grow in skill and confidence in …

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Program Feature: RIFLE SHOOTING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Rifle shooting offers you the ability to increase your skills and enjoy the exciting sport over a lifetime. The choices for different levels of rifle target shooting are endless. This program feature lets you and fellow Scouts learn how to become marksmen and enjoy the exciting sport of rifle shooting. First you will need to understand the ...

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Information: CLIMBING & RAPPELLING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Climb On Safely – Climb On Safely is the Boy Scouts of America’s procedure for organizing BSA climbing and rappelling activities at a natural site or a specially designed facility such as a climbing wall or tower. Climb On Safely includes eight core points. These guidelines are summarized below: Qualified Supervision — All climbing and rappelling must be supervised by a mature ...

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Program Feature: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) The Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” applies there, too. Learning survival skills before you need them is the epitome of preparedness. This month, you’ll learn basic survival skills and apply them in a survival-focused main event. You may also discover how fun and exciting it is to get by with little more than the clothes on your back.

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Meeting Plans & Ideas: FISHING | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Meeting Plans & Ideas: FISHING. Introduce basic fishing skills to Scouts who have limited exposure to fishing. Improve the fishing skills of Scouts at all levels of experience. Ensure that Scouts have a reasonable chance for success by teaching them how to find fish, how to fish for them, how to set a hook, and how to play fish to land them.

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Information: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL | Troop Leader Resources

Posted: (52 years ago) Wilderness Survival Information Troop Meetings Main Event Related Advancement Tenderfoot requirements 1a and 1b Second Class requirements 1a, 2b, 2d First Class requirements 1a and 3 Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Safety, Search and Rescue, Signs, Signals, and Codes, and Wilderness Survival merit badges Survival Gear – Every survival kit begins with the Scout Basic …

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