Positions of Responsibility

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

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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.

Position of Responsibility qualifies advancement for:
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg = Star, Life, and Eagle ranks
image: Life_icon19.jpg = Star and Life ranks only
image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg = Venturing Gold and Silver Awards

Contents

Cub Scout/Webelos den

Denner
A Denner is a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is elected to be the temporary youth leader of his den. All Tiger, Wolf, Bear, as well as Webelos Dens should elect a Denner.
Assistant Denner
The Assistant Denner helps the Denner at den meetings and fills in for the Denner when the Denner is not available. The Den Leader may establish a practice of the Assistant Denner becoming the Denner in the next term.

Boy Scout troop

Patrol Leader's Council

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Senior Patrol Leader
The senior patrol leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and the patrol leaders' council meeting. He appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) 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.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Venture Patrol Leader
The patrol leader is the elected leader by his Venture patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader. He is lead by the Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture under the direction of the Scoutmaster.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Troop Guide
The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.

Other troop leadership positions

Assistant Patrol Leader
The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence. He represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend. The assistant patrol leader position does not count towards leadership requirements for Star, Life, or Eagle.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Quartermaster
The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol and troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Scribe
The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Historian
The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Librarian
The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Instructor
The instructor teaches Scouting skills.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Chaplain Aide
The chaplain 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. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Den Chief
The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
The junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) 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.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Order of the Arrow Representative
The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the SPL)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Webmaster
Effective January 1, 2010
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Leave No Trace Trainer
Effective January 1, 2010
image: Life_icon19.jpg Bugler
The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Bugler can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.
Musician
Boy Scouts or Venturers who are members of bands, drill teams, or drum and bugle corps affiliated with a unit or a local council may also wear the musician badge special insignia.
Ranks requiring a Positions of Responsibility
  • Star Rank #5 "While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions..."
  • Life Rank #5 "While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 months in one or more of the positions of responsibility..."
  • Eagle Scout Rank #4 "While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..." (reduced list)
  • See also: National Youth Leadership Training‎ (NYLT) - a fun, six-day outdoor learning course.


Varsity Scout team

Team Leadership

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Team Captain
The Varsity Team Captain is elected by the Varsity Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the team. He presides over all team meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning clinic, and the team leadership meeting. He coordinates activities of the program managers and sets requirements and awards all Varsity Scout Activity Pins. With the exception of Cocaptains and Squad Leaders, he appoints all youth leaders with the approval of the Team Coach.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Team Cocaptain
The Varsity Team Cocaptain is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the team. At the discretion of the Team Coach, one or more cocaptains are either appointed by the coach or elected by the youth team members. He stands in place of the captain during the absence or when called upon, and can function as a Program Manager for any field of emphasis.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Team Secretary
The Team Secretary keeps the team records. He records the activities of the team leadership meeting and keeps a record of dues, advancement, religious award progress, and Varsity Scout attendance at team meetings. He conducts all boards of review for team members' advancement except Eagle. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Squad Leader
The squad leader is the elected leader of his squad. He represents the squad and is a voting member of the Team Leadership council meetings. At team leadership meetings, he presents potential activities of the program managers in his squad; conducts practice sessions planned by program managers within his squad.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Quartermaster also called Equipment Manager
The quartermaster keeps track of team equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on squad and team equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Chaplain Aide
The Chaplain Aide works with the team chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts. He also works to promote the religious emblems program. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Historian
The Historian preserves team photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain). Serving as Historian can apply towards positions of responsibility requirements for Eagle effective January 1, 2010.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Librarian
The librarian oversees the care and use of team books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Instructor
The instructor teaches Scouting skills. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Den Chief
The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Order of the Arrow Team Representative
The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)

Other team leadership positions

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Program Manager
A Program Manager is an appointed leader of program activities in his team. He works with an adult Program Adviser to plan and perform primary leadership for team practice sessions and events in one of the five fields of emphasis:
(Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
image: Life_icon19.jpg Bugler
The Team Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at team activities. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain). Serving as Bugler can apply towards positions of responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.
image: Life_icon19.jpg Webmaster
Effective January 1, 2010. Serving as Webmaster can apply towards positions of responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.
image: Life_icon19.jpg Leave No Trace Trainer
Effective January 1, 2010. Serving as Leave No Trace Trainercan apply towards positions of responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.

Notes:

  1. There are no leadership positions of Troop Guide or Assistant "Squad" Leader or Junior Assistant "Team Coach" in a Varsity team.

Venturing crew

Crew Officers

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Crew President
The Crew President serves as the youth leader of the crew, he or she is elected by the youth members.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Vice President - Administration
The administrative vice president is elected by the youth members and is the administrative officer of the crew. He or she leads the recruiting efforts and manages the recognition of the crew.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Vice President - Program
The program vice president is elected by the youth members and is the administrative officer of the crew and manages the development of a good program, based on meeting the needs of the members.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Crew Secretary
The Crew Secretary serves as the record-keeping youth leader of the crew, he or she is elected by the youth members, and is responsible for attendance records, written correspondence, records, and minutes showing decisions, plans and publicity.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Crew Treasurer
The Crew Treasurer serves as the youth financial officer of the crew, he or she is elected by the youth members, and is responsible for keeping accurate records of the income and expenditures of the crew's funds.

Special crew officers

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Crew Guide
The Crew Guide serves as an individual mentor for new Venturers, assisting in their understanding of the Venturing program and participation in crew activities. (Appointed by the Crew President)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Crew Quartermaster
The Crew Quartermaster keeps track of crew equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He or she issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the Crew President)
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Crew Historian
The Crew Historian collects and preserves memorabilia, press releases, photo, and and other data of historical significance to the crew. (Appointed by the Crew President)

Other crew leadership positions

image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpgActivity Chair
Activity Chairs are appointed by the Crew President for special projects in the six Venturing experience areas: Social, service, fitness, outdoor, leadership, and citizenship. (Appointed by the Crew President)
Musician
Boy Scouts or Venturers who are members of bands, drill teams, or drum and bugle corps affiliated with a unit or a local council may also wear the musician badge special insignia.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg image: Venturining_silver_icon20.jpg Den Chief
To qualify as a Crew Den Chief, the Venturer must have achieved at least First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout. The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.

† To apply as an Eagle position of responsibility, Venturer must have earned Life Rank after January 1, 2007.

Sea Scout ship

Petty Officers

image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Boatswain
The Boatswain is the youth head of the Sea Scout ship.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Boatswain's Mate
The Boatswain's Mate is the second highest-ranking youth leader of the Sea Scout ship.
Crew Leader
The Crew Leader is a sub-group youth leader in the Sea Scout ship.
Assistant Crew Leader
The Assistant Crew Leader is an assistant of the sub-group leader in a Sea Scout ship.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Yeoman
The Yeoman is the record-keeping youth leader of the Sea Scout ship.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Purser
The Purser is the youth financial officer of the Sea Scout ship.
image: Eagle_icon19.jpg Storekeeper
The Storekeeper is the youth equipment manager of the Sea Scout ship.
Specialist
The Specialist is the youth instruction leader of the Sea Scout ship.
image: Life_icon19.jpg Bugler
A Bugler is a youth musician leader in a Sea Scout ship.

Exploring post

Post Officers

Post President
The Post President is the youth head of the Exploring post. He or she delegates specific responsibilities to other officers and participants, and encourages and follows up to be sure that their jobs have been carried out.
Administrative Vice President
The Administrative Vice is a second highest-ranking youth leader of the post along with the Program Vice President.
Program Vice President
The Program Vice is a second highest-ranking youth leader of the post along with the Administrative Vice President.
Post Secretary
The Program Vice is the youth record-keeping leader of the post.
Post Treasurer
The Treasurer is the youth financial officer of the post.

Other post leadership positions

Activity Chair
Activity Chairs are youth participants suited to the activity need and leadership experience. They are appointed by the Post President.

Learning for Life group

Leadership units teach personal skills, cultural diversity, character attributes, and planning, and are designed to be presented by a teacher, post advisor, or other qualified trainers.

See also

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