Troop 372 is a boy lead troop in accordance with the principles of the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America. The Troop Officers and Leaders therefore provide the leadership for the Troop. While each role has specific requirements and job responsibilities, all scouts serving in a leadership role represent Troop 372 and Boy Scouts of America. Therefore, the following requirements apply to all scouts leading Troop 372, regardless of specific role function.
- Set a good example.
- Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly.
- Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
- Show Scout spirit.
Running for Office
- All terms of office are 6 month terms. Terms run from January 1st to June 30th, and July 1st to December 31st of each year.
- Some offices are elected. Others are appointed by the SPL (with the approval of the Scoutmaster).
- Any office that goes unfilled the night of the troop election will be filled at the Scoutmaster's discretion.
- Any scout running for an office must show up dressed in full Class A uniform, with a prepared speech. If the scout is not in his Class A uniform, or does not show up with a prepared speech may not run for that office that evening.
- In the event that a boy is unable to be present at the elections, he may still run for an office, but he must (1) get prior approval from either the Scoutmaster or that position's Mentor, and (2) turn in a speech to either the Scoutmaster or that position's Mentor prior to the beginning of the meeting.
- A planning session (usually a campout, often associated with a Junior Leaders Training session) will occur shortly after new officers are elected. The planning session should cover the next 12 months of troop activities.
- PLC meetings are held at monthly, and may be called by the SPL or other leaders as required.
- The rank requirements (Star, Life, Eagle) to hold a troop leadership positions are not fulfilled by winning an election, but by consistently and thoroughly performing the duties of the office, demonstrating leadership, and being present as much as possible. Officers not performing their duties will be, at a minimun, lose part or all credit for time served, and possibly be asked to resign and be replaced. Each officer should come to each troop activity prepared with a plan of action to fulfill the role required by his position. Close supervision or direction by senior scouts or adult leaders is not indicative of failing to fulfill the obligations of an office. The offices of the troop are considered positions of service, not power or prestige.
Leader Position Attendance Requirements
In order to provide a boy led troop experience, participation and attendance for all youth leaders is critical. Therefore, no more than three unexcused absences will be permitted and scouts must attend a minimum of 75% of the troop meetings and campouts while in position. A excused absence is defined as notification no less than 1 hour prior to the event and a outline of activities/ agenda to be covered given to the leader one position above, i.e. SPL would notify scoutmaster, PL would notify ASPL.
Appointed Leadership Roles
Some youth leadership roles are appointed by the SPL and serve the entire troop. These roles follow the same timeperiods as the elected roles. Scouts that are intersted in an appointed role must fill out and return the document below to the SPL.
Youth Leadership Application