Advancements are a form of acknowledging one’s position in Scouting. This page includes information such as scout ranks, positions within the troop, as well as capabilities of scouting.
Chain of Command
The Chain of Command is the ranking of positions. Starting from Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Quarter Master, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.
Merit badges are rewarded to Scouts who demonstrate expertise in certain areas of study. Merit badges such as First Aid, Cooking, Camping and Fitness are offered. Scouts are required to independently reach out to counselors to earn merit badges. It is an excellent way for scouts to learn useful social and outdoor skills, which could be
applied to their everyday lives.
Ranks are a showcase of the skills a scout develops over time. They are proof of what the scout experiences and learns during their time in Scouts BSA. Scouts on their journey up the ranks will get in order: Scout rank, Tenderfoot rank, Second Class rank, First Class rank, Star rank, Life rank, and finally, the most prestigious rank, Eagle rank.
Senior Patrol Leader
The Senior Patrol Leader is responsible by leading the whole troop. Such as, hosting meetings and activities. The SPL actively communicates with adult leaders to help plan and execute their lesson, with the guidance from the Scoutmaster.
Patrol leaders are the leaders of small bands of scouts called patrols. Patrols are subdivisions within the troop. Patrol leaders manage the patrols and establish bonds with one and another.
The Quartermaster maintains troop equipment such as sleeping pads, tents, and backpacking backpacks. They keep the troop equipment in good condition and ensure that the storage area is clean and neat. They are also in charge of distributing and retrieving borrowed troop equipment. The quartermaster is a leadership role that demonstrates phenomenal management and organization skills.
The Scribe is responsible for recording and keeping track of upcoming scouting events, trips, information covered in PLC (Patrol Leaders’ Council) meetings, etc.. With the help of the webmaster, they keep scouts and families updated about important events via email. The scribe leadership role shows a scout’s ability to take detailed and meaningful notes, as well as their ability to relay crucial information to others.
The Troop Guide helps new scouts understand the basics of scouting. They help scouts earn advancements and also serve as coaches for newly elected patrol leaders. The troop guide is knowledgeable and dependable- asking them for help is never a bad idea.