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A '''Scout Troop''' is the standard group for Scouts and is composed of multiple [[Patrol|patrols]]. The troop's adults are divided into two branches: ''Program'', the [[Scoutmaster]] and [[Assistant Scoutmaster|Assistant Scoutmasters]], and ''Support'', the [[Troop Committee Chairman]] and the [[Troop Committee]]. Other adult positions usually include a [[Treasurer]] and [[Secretary]].
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[[Image:TroopFlag.jpg|thumb|right|A Scout Troop Flag]]
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[[Image:Boyscout-troop.gif|thumb|right|Typical Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)]]
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A '''Scout troop''' (or '''Scouts BSA troop''') is the standard [[unit]] for Scouts in the Scouts BSA program, is composed of multiple [[Patrol|patrols]], is supported by an adult [[Troop committee]], and is sponsored by a [[chartered organization]].
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The troop's youth are lead by the [[Senior Patrol Leader]] through the [[Patrol Leader's Council]].
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Troops usually meet weekly, and go on outings monthly. They also hold [[Courts of Honor]] at least once a year; usually quarterly.
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Troops are usually expected to meet weekly, and go on outings monthly. They also hold [[Court of Honor|Courts of Honor]] at least once a year; usually quarterly.
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==Youth members==
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{{quote-source|...a Troop is not divided into Patrols. A Troop is the sum total of its Patrols.|[[William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt]]}}
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The troop's youth are lead by the [[Senior Patrol Leader]] through the [[Patrol Leaders' Council]].
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==Equivalents==
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Youth members of a Troop include:
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The troop is a registered "unit" with its local [[council]]. Other basic units are:
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*[[Junior Assistant Scoutmaster]]
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*[[Pack]] - [[Cub Scouts]]
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*[[Senior Patrol Leader]]
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*[[Team]] - [[Varsity Scouts]]
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*[[Assistant Senior Patrol Leader]]
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*[[Crew]] - [[Venturing]]
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*[[Venture Patrol Leader]]
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*[[Ship]] - [[Sea Scouting]]
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*[[Troop Guide]]
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*[[Post]] - [[Explorers]]/[[Learning for Life]]
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*[[Patrol Leader]]s
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*[[Assistant Patrol Leader]]s
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*Troop members, some of whom may hold other [[Position of responsibility|positions]]:
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**[[Chaplain Aide]] {{•}} [[Librarian]] {{•}} [[Historian]] {{•}} [[Scribe]] {{•}} [[Quartermaster]] {{•}} [[Instructor]] {{•}} [[Order of the Arrow Representative]] {{•}} [[Den Chief]] {{•}} [[Bugler]] {{•}} [[Webmaster]] {{•}} [[Outdoor Ethics Guide]], as well as other patrol positions.
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==Adult members==
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The troop's Scouters (adult leaders) are divided into two branches:
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*''Program'' positions
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**[[Scoutmaster]]
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**[[Assistant Scoutmaster]]s
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*''Support'' positions
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**[[Troop Committee|Troop committee members]] (MC) (including a [[Treasurer]], [[Secretary]], [[unit advancement chair|Advancement Chair]], [[unit membership chair|Membership Chair]], [[unit training chair|Training Chair]], [[unit outdoor/activities chair|Outdoor/Activities Chair]], and [[Troop Committee#Positions|other positions]])
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**[[Troop Committee Chair]] – leader of the troop committee
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**[[Chartered Organization Representative]] – represents the [[chartered organization]] and is the liaison between the troop and the chartered organization.
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*''Other'' positions
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**[[Scouter Reserve|Unit Scouter Reserve / Unit College Scouter Reserve]] – for registered adult volunteers not assigned to other troop positions. This is a troop adult leadership position. The only training required for Scouter Reserve positions is [[Youth Protection Training]].
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**[[Merit Badge Counselor]] – This is '''not''' a ''troop'' adult leader position, but rather is a '''council''' adult leader position.
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==References==
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All adult members are required to complete and maintain currency in [[Youth Protection Training]] (YPT) and undergo a background check. In order to be considered "[[trained]]," the Boy Scouts of America requires [[trained|additional training]] beyond YPT for all adult leaders except those in the Scouter Reserve positions. In order to be an adult leader or even just to participate in Scouting activities, [[local council]]s, [[chartered organization]]s, [[unit]]s, and Scouting venues (e.g., Scout camps and reservations, [[:category:national high adventure bases|high-adventure bases]]) may have additional training requirements or qualifications beyond those mandated by the national office of the BSA.
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http://scoutmaster.org/usscouts/boyscouts/bstroop.asp
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{{Unit liaison}}
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{{Basic BSA units}}
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== See also ==
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{{Boy Scout portal}}
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* [[Aims of Scouting]]
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* [[Methods of Scouts BSA]]
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[[MeritBadge.Org]] is your online [[Scouting University]] with topics ranging from [[Recruiting]] to [[Eagle Scout Service Project]]s:
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{{Troop Leadership Links}}
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* Training: [[New Leader Training]] {{•}} [[Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills|Scoutmaster Outdoor]] {{•}} <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34169-56.pdf Scoutmaster's Key]</span> {{•}} [[Wood Badge]]
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* Applications: [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/28-402.pdf New Unit] {{•}} [[Adult Application]]
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* [[Fundraising]], [[Popcorn]], and the importance of [[Individual Youth Accounts]]
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* [[Scout advancement| Advancement Policies]] {{•}} [[Advancement Report]] {{•}} [[First Class-First Year]] {{•}} <span class=plainlinks>[https://web.archive.org/web/20111006234207/http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34518.pdf Legacy ''Individual Boy Scout Record'' (archive copy)]</span>
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/discover/local-council-locator/ BSA's Local Council Locater] &mdash; The ''Local Council Locater'' (search engine by Zip Code) will help you find the Council that serves your area.</span>
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://beascout.scouting.org Troop locator]</span>
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A Scout Troop Flag
A Scout Troop Flag
Typical Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)
Typical Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)

A Scout troop (or Scouts BSA troop) is the standard unit for Scouts in the Scouts BSA program, is composed of multiple patrols, is supported by an adult Troop committee, and is sponsored by a chartered organization.

Troops usually meet weekly, and go on outings monthly. They also hold Courts of Honor at least once a year; usually quarterly.

Contents

Youth members

...a Troop is not divided into Patrols. A Troop is the sum total of its Patrols.
William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

The troop's youth are lead by the Senior Patrol Leader through the Patrol Leaders' Council.

Youth members of a Troop include:

Adult members

The troop's Scouters (adult leaders) are divided into two branches:

All adult members are required to complete and maintain currency in Youth Protection Training (YPT) and undergo a background check. In order to be considered "trained," the Boy Scouts of America requires additional training beyond YPT for all adult leaders except those in the Scouter Reserve positions. In order to be an adult leader or even just to participate in Scouting activities, local councils, chartered organizations, units, and Scouting venues (e.g., Scout camps and reservations, high-adventure bases) may have additional training requirements or qualifications beyond those mandated by the national office of the BSA.

Liaisons between a unit and the local District and Council

External links

Equivalents

The Troop is a "unit" registered with its local BSA council and chartered to a "chartered organization." Other types of units are:

See also

Scouts BSA portal

MeritBadge.Org is your online Scouting University with topics ranging from Recruiting to Eagle Scout Service Projects:

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