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The Troop Guide helps new Scouts feel comfortable and earn First Class rank in their first year.


Serving as Troop Guide can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle.
Troop Guide
Selection:Appointed
Selected by:Senior Patrol Leader
Reports to:Senior Patrol Leader
The troop guide introduces new Scouts to troop operations and guides them through early Scouting activities. He serves as a coach to the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol and works with him at patrol leaders' council meetings. He helps new Scouts earn the First Class rank within their first 12 to 18 months. He should be an older Scout who holds at least the First Class rank and can work well with younger Scouts. The troop guide is not a member of another patrol but may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venturing crew.
Senior Patrol Leader Handbook © 2017, § 7. The Troop Leadership Team
The troop guide is both a leader and a “mentor” to the members of a new-Scout patrol. He is an older Scout, at least First Class in rank, who helps the patrol leader of a new-Scout patrol in much the same way that a Scoutmaster works with a senior patrol leader—providing direction, coaching, and support as determined by the skill level and morale of the patrol leader and members of the new-Scout patrol. The troop guide is usually not a member of another patrol, but may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture patrol.
Scoutmaster Handbook © 2010, § 3. The Boy-Led Troop
Each new-Scout patrol in a troop should have its own troop guide. A troop guide is an older Scout who holds the rank of First Class or higher, has strong teaching skills, and possesses the patience to work well with new Scouts. He usually is not a member of another patrol, but he may participate in the high-adventure activities of a Venture Patrol. Along with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol, he is a member of the patrol leaders' council.


The troop guide introduces new Scouts to troop operations and guides them through early Scouting activities. He serves as a coach to the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol and works with him at patrol leaders' council meetings. He helps new Scouts earn the First Class rank within their first 12 to 18 months.

Patrol Leader Handbook © 2017, § 3. Your Patrol and Your Troop

Contents

Reports to

Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Helps new Scouts earn First Class rank in their first year.
  • Coach the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol on his duties.
  • Work with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
  • Attend patrol leaders’ council meetings with the patrol leader of the new-Scout patrol.
  • Assist the assistant Scoutmaster with training.
  • Coach individuals Scouts on Scouting challenges.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and help develop Scout spirit
  • Teach basic Scout skills.

Equivalents

The Troop Guide is the youth guide leader in its unit. Other youth guide leaders are:

See also

Boy Scout portal
Boy Scout Ranks requiring a Positions of Responsibility
  • Star Rank #5 "While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop for four months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster approved leadership project to help the troop)"
  • Life Rank #5 "While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster approved leadership project to help the troop)"
  • Eagle Scout Rank #4 "While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..."
  • See also: National Youth Leadership Training‎ (NYLT) - a fun, six-day outdoor learning course.


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