THE CHARTERING ORGANIZATION:

Troop 205 is a local unit of the Mustang District of the Longhorn Council and the Boy Scouts of America. The troop is chartered by Alliance United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas and was organized in October of 1999 with five Scouts.  As of March 2012, we have over 60 Scouts and 35 adult leaders registered with the troop with more to come!  We are very active in supporting our local community and we also have a very active Order of the Arrow contingent that provides ceremonial support throughout the District.

Every BSA Troop is “owned” by a chartered organization, which receives a national charter yearly to use the Scouting program as a part of its youth work. These chartered organizations, which have goals compatible with those of the Boy Scouts of America, include religious, educational, civic, fraternal, business, labor, governmental bodies, and professional associations.

Each chartered organization using the Scouting program provides a meeting place, selects a Scoutmaster, appoints a Troop Committee of at least three adults, and chooses a chartered organization representative.

 

TROOP COMMITTEE:

Every troop is under the supervision of a Troop Committee consisting of three or more qualified adults. Each member should be a citizen of the United States, agrees to abide by the Scout Oath and Law, to respect and obey the laws of the United States of America, and to subscribe to the BSA statement of religious principle. Each individual is of good character, is 21 years of age or older, is selected by the chartered organization, and is registered as an adult leader of the BSA. One of these is designated as Troop Committee Chair. The Troop Committee is the Troop’s “Board of Directors” and supports the Troop program.
It is the function of the Troop Committee to support the Troop program, not to operate it. The Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters are responsible for directing the Troop program, and guiding the boy leadership to execute the Troop program effectively.
The Troop program and its execution is primarily the responsibility of the boy leadership of the Troop. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the highest position in the troop and it is his duty to (1) assign leadership duties to the Leadership Corps members, (2) make sure adequate planning and preparation takes place for an effective program, and (3) instill the Scouting spirit into the Troop.

 

SCOUTMASTER (SM) & ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTER (ASM):

The Scoutmaster (SM) is the adult leader responsible for the actions of the Troop. His job is summed up in four basic activities:

  • Train and guide boy leaders.

  • Work with other responsible adults to give Scouting to boys.

  • Help boys to grow by encouraging them to learn for themselves.

  • Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.

The Scoutmaster (SM) is backed up by the Assistant Scoutmasters (ASM) who assist in running the outdoor program. They also work with the patrols during the meetings.

 

PATROL LEADERS COUNCIL (PLC):

The Boy Scout organization is a program for boys and as such is governed and operated by boys with guidelines and assistance from the uniformed leaders and committee members. The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) is charged with the responsibility of deciding what the troop wants to do, planning it, and carrying it out. Thus, every Scout, through his Patrol Leader, has a voice in the planning and running of the Troop’s activities. The PLC is composed of all Patrol Leaders, the ASPL, Quartermaster and the SPL who chairs the meeting. Others may be invited to sit in at the invitation of the SPL. The Scoutmaster attends all PLC meetings and has veto power, but no vote.
The PLC meets monthly to plan meetings and camp outs and to discuss any discipline problems that may be interfering with the execution of the scouting program. The PLC also has an annual planning meeting in August to set the calendar of events for the year.

 

SENIOR PATROL LEADER (SPL):

The primary job of the SPL is to lead the Troop with minimal adult supervision, but with the help of his fellow boy leaders. The SPL has specific jobs in addition to being the boy leader of all activities in the Troop. First, he must conduct the monthly Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) where all Troop leaders meet with the Patrol Leaders of each patrol to plan Troop meetings and camp outs. (The PLC also searches for solutions to any problem that has been identified within the Troop by the Scouts.) After the PLC planning is completed, it is the job of the SPL to properly execute the Troop program through direct leadership and by delegating tasks to members of the PLC or other Patrol Leaders. All Troop activities are the responsibility of the SPL even if a qualified substitute acts in his absence. (This is usually the ASPL).   A SPL must, with input from patrol leaders and adult leaders, establish certain goals for the troop to achieve, then work with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to accomplish those goals.
The SPL must also handle disciplinary problems referred to him by the Patrol Leaders. Another specific and vital responsibility of the SPL is the task of organizing and conducting weekly Troop meetings that are interesting, active and educational.
The SPL is elected or selected. The SPL works with and reports directly to the Scoutmaster in the daily planning and operation of the troop.

 

ASSISTANT SENIOR PATROL LEADER (ASPL):

This job is self-explanatory. The ASPL must assist the SPL in his duties and in the leadership of the troop. He takes the place of the SPL when the SPL is unable to attend a Troop activity. The ASPL is also the patrol leader of the Leadership Corps. This position is appointed by the SPL with consultation with the Uniformed Leaders.

 

LEADERSHIP CORPS:

In addition to the SPL and ASPL, the leadership corps is made up of the following leadership positions, each of which is appointed by the SPL with advice from the uniformed leaders:
Scribe: responsible for troop records and any required correspondence. Prepares write ups of Troop Guide: works with the new Scout patrol, assisting them in learning basic Scout skills and patrol organization.

 

PATROL LEADERS (PL):

Patrols are the basic units of a Scout troop and the patrol leaders have the responsibility for making the “Patrol Method” work. They are the backbone of all successful Troops and are elected by the Scouts in the patrol. The Patrol Leader appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader (APL) and the Patrol Quartermaster who is responsible for inventories, issues and receives patrol equipment and Works closely with the Troop Adult Quartermaster. On camp outs, the patrol leader will also appoint a Grubmaster for the procurement of patrol food.

A patrol leader’s responsibilities include:

  •  Assigning jobs to patrol members.

  •  Holding regular patrol meetings.

  •  Working with and passing patrol members on Scouting skills.

  •  Stressing teamwork in the patrol.

  •  Instructing patrol members in outdoor skills.

  •  Generating pride and enthusiasm in the patrol.

  •  Attending all PLC meetings or having a qualified substitute attend.

  •  Handling discipline problems or seek the assistance of the SPL.

A good Patrol Leader sets a good example, lives the Scout Oath and Law and generates Scout spirit in the patrol. He also delegates many of the patrol tasks to members of the patrol.