|Serving as Squad Leader can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle.|
The Squad Leader is the sub-group youth leader in the Varsity Scout team. The Squad Leader is equivalent to the Patrol Leader in a Boy Scout troop. At team leadership meetings, he presents potential activities of the Program Manager in his squad. Conducts practice sessions planned by program managers within his squad.
The squad leader is the elected leader of his squad. Squad Leaders ensure participation of the squad at all team activities, and represents the squad and is a voting member of the Team Leadership council meetings. He holds purposeful squad meetings, and passes on information. He is a vital part of team leadership and activities; shows concern for each squad member. He usually serves a 6- or 12-month term.
- Plan and lead squad meetings and activities.
- Keep squad members informed.
- Represent the squad as a voting member of at all team leadership council meetings and the annual program planning clinic.
- Conduct practice sessions (activities and event meetings) planned by program managers within his squad.
- Maintain the spirit of the team in all activities.
- Set a good example of the ideals of Scouting.
- Encourage squad members to advance along the Eagle and Denali trails.
- Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
- Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
- Show Scout spirit.
Ten Tips for Squad Leaders
- Keep Your Word. Don't make promises you can't keep.
- Be Fair to All. A good leader shows no favorites. Don't allow friendships to keep you from being fair to all members of your patrol. Know who likes to do what, and assign duties to patrol members by what they like to do.
- Be a Good Communicator. You don't need a commanding voice to be a good leader, but you must be willing to step out front with an effective "Let's go." A good leader knows how to get and give information so that everyone understands what's going on.
- Be Flexible. Everything doesn't always go as planned. Be prepared to shift to "plan B" when "plan A" doesn't work.
- Be Organized. The time you spend planning will be repaid many times over. At patrol meetings, record who agrees to do each task, and fill out the duty roster before going camping.
- Delegate. Some leaders assume that the job will not get done unless they do it themselves. Most people like to be challenged with a task. Empower your patrol members to do things they have never tried.
- Set an Example. The most important thing you can do is lead by example. Whatever you do, your patrol members are likely to do the same. A cheerful attitude can keep everyone's spirits up.
- Be Consistent. Nothing is more confusing than a leader who is one way one moment and another way a short time later. If your patrol knows what to expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership.
- Give Praise. The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a "Nice job" is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the efforts of the patrol.
- Ask for Help. Don't be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don't know how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and direction.
Varsity Scout teams do not have a "assistant" squad leaders.
The Squad Leader is a sub-group youth leader in its unit. Other sub-group youth leaders are:
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