The Scoutmaster is the adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts providing direction, coaching, and support.
The Scoutmaster has three basic roles:
- providing the the junior leaders with the tools and skills so they can run the troop
- making sure the rules of the BSA and chartered partner are followed
- being a good mentor and positive role model
- Refer to Troop Leader Guidebook – Vol 1, Page 83
An assistant Scoutmaster is an adult leader over the age of 18 who helps the Scoutmaster deliver the promise of Scouting. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties. They can serve the troop by guiding a particular patrol to which they’ve been assigned, advising certain Scouts who’ve assumed a position e.g. the quartermaster or OA representative, or fill in as necessary to assure the junior leaders have what they need to run things.
Refer to Troop Leader Guidebook – Vol 1, Page 83-84
They also provide the two-deep leadership required by the Boy Scouts of America . An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster’s absence.
The troop committee chairman is appointed by the chartered organization to see that all committee functions are carried out. The troop committee chairman appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders, and organizes the committee to see that all committee responsibilities are delegated, coordinated and completed.
The troop committee is a cross between a board of directors and a parent support group. It sets troop policies and handles administrative functions, allowing the Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters to focus on working directly with the Scouts.
Refer to Troop Leader Guidebook, Page 14, for further information and descriptions of committee positions.
Troop Committee Guidebook – the essential support literature for troop committee members
CHARTERED ORGANIZATION REPRESENTAIVE
The Chartered Organization Representative (COR) is the direct contact between the unit and the Chartered Organization. This individual is also the organization’s contact with the District Committee and the Local Council. The chartered organization representative may become a member of the district committee and is a voting member of the council. If the chartered organization has more than one unit, one representative serves them all. The Chartered Organization Representative appoints the Unit Committee Chairman.