Re: Sr. Patrol Leader term of office
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Tue, 29 Jul 1997 09:31:57 -0400
Our SPL tenure is 6 mos. with elections in January and July. We have 3
ASPLs who are appointed by the SPL. One of these is termed the Senior
ASPL (something the PLC came up with). The four boys work very closely
in "running" the troop.
To be a candidate for SPL, a Scout has to hold the Life or Eagle Rank.
Each candidate must sign a "Personal Commitment Sheet" promising that he
will live by the Scout Oath and Law and fulfill the following duties
during his term as SPL:
1. Preside at all troop meetings, events and activities.
2. Chair the PLC meeting and any other program planning conferences
called by the PLC.
3. Represent the PLC at Troop Committee meetings.
4. Attend and provide leadership at all monthly camping trips.
5. Attend and provide leadership at summer camp, if it occurs during his
6. Choose three Star or higher ranked ASPLs.
7. Assign duties and responsibilities to other junior leaders.
8. Work with the SM & Asst. SMs in training junior leaders.
9. Set a good example.
10. Participate in troop service projects and other functions.
11. Correctly wear the complete Scout uniform.
12. If unable to carry out the responsibilies above, ensure that an ASPL
or another Senior Scout fills in.
One of the ASPLs (or a Scout who has been an ASPL) has always been
elected as the new SPL so there isn't a problem with learning the job as
he already knows the basics. Over the past 11 years, we've only had one
boy serve more than one term as SPL (he served 3 terms) and this was
when we were a much smaller troop.
We have our annual troop JLT in August. We also encourage our Scouts
to attend our council's week long JLT. Our chartered partner pays for
half the fee for boys to attend this training.
This arrangement has worked out well and having a SPL and 3 ASPLs makes
it easier to always have someone in charge. It has especially helped as
our troop has grown.
Currently, our SPL is an 11th grader. The Senior ASPL (a former SPL)
is also an 11th grader. One of the other ASPLs is a 10th grader and the
other is an 8th grader. Three of the four boys have gone through our
council's week long JLT course. Three are Eagles and the other holds
the Life Rank.
Over the years, we've tried several other arrangements but the current
one seems to work well for our troop of about 80 active Scouts.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City