Boy Scout troops are run by the scouts, not the adults. In our troop each scout with rank of First Class or above has a leadership position in the troop and is a member of the Troop Green Bar. The Troop Green Bar usually meets once a month to plan upcoming troop meetings and outings. Two of the leadership positions are elected each January – senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader – while the others are appointed by the either the scoutmaster or senior patrol leader (with the exception of patrol leaders, who are appointed by their patrol s, and can be any rank).
To prepare for your leadership position, read the below materials about leadership, and attend the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) course given each year by the troop. There is also an optional six-day leadership training course (National Youth Leadership Training – NYLT) offered by our council and other councils, and a six-day advanced leadership training course (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience – NAYLE) offered at the four national High Adventure bases: Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Northern Tier in Minnesota, Sea Base in Florida, or Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.