Who is the current SPL (Senior Patrol Leader)?
Congratulations to Jackson Crabtree who serves as Troop 324’s Senior Patrol Leader for 2016-17. Thank you Cooper Bredehoeft for your service in 2015-16…a job well done!
Who signs off on my advancements?
In general, when a Scout learns and masters the task in a requirement, he demonstrates it for another Scout, who adds his initials and the date to the Scout’s Boy Scout Handbook on the page for that requirement. (It’s in the back of your book.)
In Troop 324, a Scout can approve another Scout’s rank advancement. That Scout must hold a rank that is two ranks above the ranks igned off. Thus, Tenderfoot requirements must be approved by First Class or higher Scouts, Second Class requirements are approved by Star or higher Scouts, and First Class requirements must be signed by Life or higher.
Some items are normally approved by adult leaders. Each rank has a requirement to show scout spirit, which is normally approved by the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster at the Scoutmaster Conference. The Board of Review space will be initialed by all members of the board.
When should I wear my uniform?
BSA only specifies one uniform: the Field Uniform (sometimes still called “Class A”). Class A consists of the official Boy Scout uniform shirt, pants or shorts, belt, socks, and hat (hats are not worn indoors), Troop 324 neckerchief and slide, and appropriate footwear (leather or canvas shoes, neat and clean, or hiking shoes or boots). We occasionally have inspections, so wear your uniform.
The Field Uniform is customarily worn:
- to most troop meetings (see below for exceptions)
- while traveling to and from campouts
- at a troop or Eagle Court of Honor
- when participating in a public event such as flag ceremony or parade
- when sitting for a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review
The Patrol Leaders Council may decide to allow Scouts to wear an activity shirt to troop meetings instead of the uniform. The activity shirt has the Troop 324 logo or emblem. The activity shirt is normally worn on campouts when the uniform isn’t required. Other Boy Scout shirts are also appropriate for campouts and summer camp.
At formal events such as a Court of Honor, Scouts should wear their Merit Badge Sash over their right shoulder. If a Scout is a member of the Order of the Arrow and is rendering special service as an OA member, he may wear his OA sash instead of the Merit Badge Sash. Both sashes may not be worn at the same time. Neither sash should be draped from the waist or belt. Scouts and adults who still have them also wear their beads or coups from their belts at formal events.
The BSA Insignia Guide contains information on how to wear the uniform correctly and where all insignia should be placed.
What is the youth leadership structure of the troop?
Unlike Cub Scout packs and dens, which are run by adults, Troop 324 is a boy-led Boy Scout organization. The fundamental unit in Boy Scouting is a small group of about four to six boys called a Patrol. Patrols may seem to be similar to dens in Cub Scouts, but here’s an important distinction: boys in a Patrol elect their own leader from among themselves. The Patrol Leader’s job is to help the boys in the patrol succeed by helping them advance, to define and support their roles in the patrol, and to represent the patrol on the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC). The Patrol Leader appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader and also designates other members to ongoing or per-event functions, such as quartermaster or cook. Patrol Leaders are elected by patrol members at twice-yearly troop elections.
The top youth leader of a troop is called the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL). The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by all the boys in the troop. His job is to chair the PLC, appoint Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders and other troop officers, and to support the Patrol Leaders in their duties. He also chairs the annual troop program planning conference and conducts Troop Leadership Training with the support and participation of the Scoutmaster.
Other troop officers include the Quartermaster, who is in charge of the troop’s equipment; the Scribe, who records the happenings of the PLC and at troop meetings, and takes attendance; the Librarian, who maintains Troop 324’s library of handbooks and merit badge pamphlets; the Chaplain Aide, who plans and conducts religious services at campouts; the Historian, who keeps a written record of troop activities; the Webmaster, who manages the site and pages you are reading, and Den Chiefs, who assist Cub Scout den leaders.
Every Scout in the troop (except for the SPL, ASPLs and Troop Guides) is a member of a Patrol. Patrol members can choose their patrol name, have a Patrol flag and cheer, and camp as a Patrol on troop campouts. As a new Scout, your Patrol Leader, troop guide and members of your Patrol will do everything they can to make you feel at home in the troop and help you learn what you need to know to succeed.
As you may have figured out, the role of a leader is not to rule from above and give orders, but to support and serve those he leads, and to give Scouts the tools they can use to be successful.