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Boy Scout Troop 230
(Eagle River, Alaska)
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Adult Leadership Information

The troop cannot run without adult volunteer leaders.  There are all types of jobs to fit the talents and interest of troop parents and volunteers.  The jobs fall in one of two general categories: Scoutmaster positions and Troop Committee positions.  Those adults who like to work directly with scouts on their journey through the troop and like to camp, attend outings, wear the Boy Scout uniform are generally suited for direct youth contact positions.  Adults who like to work on the business end of the troop, ensuring the troop is running well behind the scenes but in a very necessary and vital way are encouraged to be in the Troop Committee.

Here is the list of adult leadership positions in the troop along with their job description: 


Direct Youth Contact Positions:

Scoutmaster (SM)

  • Trains and guides boy leaders
  • Works with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys
  • Uses the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting
  • Can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years of age
  • Is appointed by the head of the chartered organization
  • Must complete Youth Protection training

Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM)

  • Assist the Scoutmaster as directed
  • Works with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys
  • Uses the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting
  • Can be male or female, but must be at least 18 years of age
  • Is appointed by the Scoutmaster and approved by the Troop Committee Chair
  • Abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law
  • Subscribe to the precepts of the Declaration of Religious Principle
  • Must complete Youth Protection training

Primary Assistant Scoutmaster (PASM)

  • Troop 230 designation of select ASMs to run the troop in the SMs absence

  • Trained to give Scoutmaster conferences to troop scouts

  • Expected to be SMIC in Scoutmasters absence

  • Scoutmaster selects and trains PASMs

Scoutmaster-in-charge (SMIC)

  • Troop 230 designation of the SM, PASM, or ASM in charge of an meeting, outing, event, etc.
  • Every event will have a SMIC
  • Scoutmaster will be SMIC unless not in attendance
  • Scoutmaster designates SMIC in his absence
  • SMIC is directly responsible for the safety, welfare, conduct, and success of the event

Troop Chaplain

  • Provide a spiritual tone for troop/team meetings and activities
  • Give guidance to the chaplain aide
  • Promote regular participation of each member in the activities of the religious organization of his choice
  • Visit homes of the Scouts in time of sickness or need
  • Give spiritual counseling service when needed or requested
  • Encourage Scouts to earn their appropriate religious emblems
  • Report to the troop/team committee each month
  • Must complete Youth Protection training

Troop Committee Positions:

Chartered Organization Representative

  • 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.

Committee Chair

  • 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.


  • Keep minutes of meetings and send out committee meeting notices
  • Handle publicity
  • Prepare a family newsletter of troop/team/crew events and activities
  • Conduct the troop/team/crew resource survey
  • Plan for family night programs and family activities
  • At each meeting, report the minutes of the previous meeting


  • Handle all troop/team/crew funds. Pay bills on recommendation of the Scoutmaster and authorization of the unit committee
  • Maintain the unit’s checking and savings accounts
  • Train and supervise the troop Scribe in record keeping
  • Keep adequate records in the Troop Record Book
  • Supervise money-earning projects, including obtaining proper authorizations
  • Supervise the camp savings plan.
  • Lead in the preparation of the annual troop/team/crew budget.
  • Lead the Friends of Scouting campaign.
  • Report to the unit committee at each meeting.
  • Receive unit income each week from the troop scribe, team secretary or crew treasurer.

Outdoors/Activities Chair

  • Supervise, promote and coordinate attendance at unit, district and council camps and events.
  • Supervise youth leadership to arrange leadership/chaperons, transportation, tour permits, facility/camp reservations and first-aid for all outings
  • Approves all arrangements and documents
  • Supervise and help the troop procure camping equipment
  • Work with the Quartermaster on inventory and proper storage and maintenance of all troop equipment
  • Make periodic safety checks on all troop camping gear, and encourage troop in the safe use of all outdoor equipment
  • Participate in Scouting for Food
  • Takes advantage of all district and council events and activities
  • Report to the unit committee monthly
  • Has all adult leaders review the Guide to Safe Scouting

Advancement Chair

  • Encourage Scouts to advance in rank
  • Works with troop Scribe to maintain all Scout advancement records
  • Arranges troop boards of review and quarterly courts of honor
  • Develop and maintain a merit badge counselor list.
  • Make a prompt report on the correct form to the council service center when a troop board of review is held
  • Secure badges and certificates
  • Work with the troop librarian to build and maintain a troop library of merit badge pamphlets and other advancement literature
  • Report to the troop committee each month

Membership Chair

  • Work with Cub Scout packs to make a smooth transition of Webelos Scouts from pack to troop
  • Encourages older Scouts in the troop to also join a Venturing crew
  • Help with the crossover ceremony of new Scouts
  • Promote and encourage Scouts to recruit new members
  • Plan and coordinate the troop open house
  • Assist in the orientation of new Scouting parents

Training Chair

  • Ensure troop leaders and committee members have opportunities for training
  • Encourages new leaders to attend ongoing training such as roundtable, outdoor training, youth protection, and Wood Badge
  • Maintain an inventory of up-to-date training materials, videotapes, and other training resources
  • Work with the district training team in scheduling Fast Start training for all new leaders and adult family members
  • Be responsible for BSA Youth Protection training within the unit
  • Encourage periodic junior leader training within the troop at the council and national levels
  • Report to the unit committee at each meeting.
  • Submit updated trained leader reports to the district and council

Equipment Coordinator

  • Help secure permission to use camping sites
  • Serve as transportation coordinator
  • Secure tour permits for all troop activities
  • Ensure a monthly outdoor program
  • Promote the National Camping Award
  • Promote, through family meetings, attendance at troop campouts, camporees, and summer camp to reach the goal of an outing per month
  • Helps the troop procure camping equipment
  • Works with the troop Quartermaster on proper inventory, storage and maintenance of all equipment
  • Makes periodic safety checks on all troop camping gear and encourages safe use of all equipment
  • Gives troop a copy of gear report to the Unit Secretary to record in the troop record book
  • Report to the troop committee each month

Service Project Coordinator

Fundraising Chair

Friends of Scouting Chair

ScoutParent Unit Coordinator

Miscellaneous Adult Troop Positions:

Order of the Arrow Representative

TroopMaster Coordinator

Troop Website Advisor

Life to Eagle Advisor

Merit Badge Counselor

Adult Grubmaster

Eagle Scout Scholarship Chair

Standing Troop 230 Subcommittees:

Eagle Scout Scholarship Subcommittee

Adult Recognition Subcommittee

Troop Website Oversight Subcommittee