Positions of Responsibility
In order to advance to the rank of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout, you must hold one of the following leadership positions for a certain amount of time. For Star, you must hold one of these positions for 4 months or more and for Life and Eagle you must hold them for 6 months or more.
Cub Scout/Webelos den
- A Denner is a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is elected to be the temporary youth leader of his den. All Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, as well as Webelos Dens should elect a Denner.
- Assistant Denner
- The Assistant Denner assists the Denner at den meetings and fills in for the Denner when the Denner is not available. The Den Leader may establish a practice of the Assistant Denner becoming the Denner in the next term.
Boy Scout troop
Patrol Leader's Council
- Senior Patrol Leader
- The senior patrol leader (SPL) is elected by the Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference, and the patrol leaders' council meeting. He appoints other troop youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.
- Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
- The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop.
- Patrol Leader
- The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader.
- Venture Patrol Leader
- The patrol leader is the elected leader by his Venture patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints the assistant patrol leader. He is lead by the Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture under the direction of the Scoutmaster.
- Troop Guide
- The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings.
Other troop leadership positions
- Assistant Patrol Leader
- The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence. He represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend.
- The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on patrol and troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the SPL)
- The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings. (Appointed by the SPL)
- The troop historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL)
- The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)
- The instructor teaches Scouting skills.
- Chaplain Aide
- The chaplain’s aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program. (Appointed by the SPL)
- Den Chief
- The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation.
- Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
- The junior assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) serves in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.
- Order of the Arrow Representative
- The Order of the Arrow (OA) Troop Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the SPL)
- The Troop Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Bugler can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle.
Varsity Scout team
- Team Captain
- The Varsity Team Captain is elected by the Varsity Scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the team. He presides over all team meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning clinic, and the team leadership meeting. He coordinates activities of the program managers and sets requirements and awards all Varsity Scout Activity Pins. With the exception of Cocaptains, he appoints all youth leaders with the approval of the Team Coach.
- Team Cocaptain
- The Varsity Team Cocaptain s the second highest-ranking youth leader in the team. At the discretion of the Team Coach, one or more cocaptains are either appointed by the coach or elected by the youth team members. He stands in place of the captain during the absence or when called upon, and can function as a Program Manager for any field of emphasis.
- Team Secretary
- The Team Secretary keeps the team records. He records the activities of the team leadership meeting and keeps a record of dues, advancement, religious award progress, and Varsity Scout attendance at team meetings. He conducts all boards of review for team members' advancement except Eagle. (Appointed by the Team Captain)
- Squad Leader
- The squad leader is the elected leader of his squad. He represents the squad and is a voting member of the Team Leadership council meetings. At team leadership meetings, he presents potential activities of the program managers in his squad; conducts practice sessions planned by program managers within his squad.
- Quartermaster also called Equipment Manager (see above)
- Chaplain Aide (see above)
- Librarian (see above)
- Instructor (see above)
- Den Chief (see above)
- Order of the Arrow Team Representative
- The Order of the Arrow (OA) Team Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local OA lodge or chapter and his team. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Varsity Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the Varsity Team Captain)
Other team leadership positions
- Program Manager
- A Program Manager is an appointed leader of program activities in his team. He works with an adult Program Advisor to plan and perform primary leadership for team practice sessions and events in one of the five fields of emphasis: Advancement, high adventure/sports, personal development, service, and special programs and events.
- Bugler (see above)
- Historian (see above)
- There are no leadership positions of Troop Guide or Assistant "Squad" Leader or Junior Assistant "Team Coach" in a Varsity team.
Other crew leadership positions
- Activity Chair
- Activity Chairs are appointed by the Crew President over the six Venturing experience areas: Social, service, fitness, outdoor, leadership, and citizenship.
- Den Chief† (see above)
† To apply as an Eagle position of responsibility, Venturer must have earned Life Rank after January 1, 2007.
Sea Scout ship
- The Boatswain is the youth head of the Sea Scout ship.
- Boatswain's Mate
- The Boatswain's Mate is the second highest-ranking youth leader of the Sea Scout ship.
- Crew Leader
- The Crew Leader is a sub-group youth leader in the Sea Scout ship.
- Assistant Crew Leader
- The Assistant Crew Leader is an assistant of the sub-group leader in a Sea Scout ship.
- The Yeoman is the record-keeping youth leader of the Sea Scout ship.
- The Purser is the youth financial officer of the Sea Scout ship.
- The Storekeeper is the youth equipment manager of the Sea Scout ship.
- The Specialist is the youth instruction leader of the Sea Scout ship.
- A Bugler is a youth musician leader in a Sea Scout ship.
- Post President
- The Post President is the youth head of the Exploring post. He or she delegates specific responsibilities to other officers and participants, and encourages and follows up to be sure that their jobs have been carried out.
- Administrative Vice President
- The Administrative Vice is a second highest-ranking youth leader of the post along with the Program Vice President.
- Program Vice President
- The Program Vice is a second highest-ranking youth leader of the post along with the Administrative Vice President.
- Post Secretary
- The Program Vice is the youth record-keeping leader of the post.
- Post Treasurer
- The Treasurer is the youth financial officer of the post.
Other post leadership positions
- Activity Chair
- Activity Chairs are youth participants suited to the activity need and leadership experience. They are appointed by the Post President.
Learning for Life group
Leadership units teach personal skills, cultural diversity, character attributes, and planning, and are designed to be presented by a teacher, post advisor, or other qualified trainers.