Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)



Junior Leader Job Description


Introduction:  When you were assigned the position of Assistant Patrol leader, you agreed to provide service and leadership in our Troop.  That responsibility should be fun and rewarding.  It is in preparation for other leadership positions in the troop so you need to learn as much as you can about how to work with the Patrol Leader to lead your patrol because you will be asked to lead the patrol or troop in the future.


This job description provides some of the things you are expected to do while serving as a Junior Leader. 


Responsible to:  Patrol Leader


Specific Duties:

  • Assist or fill in for the Patrol Leader in administration of his duties which are:

  • Take direction from the SPL, the ASPLs and your PL.

  • Work with your patrol to carryout assignments.

  • Keep patrol members informed (phone calls, e-mails, etc.).

  • Assign each patrol member a job and help him succeed.

  • Represent the patrol at all Patrol Leaders' Council (PLC) meetings.

  • Prepare the patrol to take part in all Troop activities.

  • Insure that the patrol is ready for campouts. Make sure food and equipment are ready. (Note: This does not mean that you have to do it)

  • For campouts, insure that a planned menu has been presented to a troop leader (SPL or ASPL) and signed off.

  • Make sure you have a count of all scouts at all times.

  • Develop patrol spirit.

  • Work with other Troop Leaders to make the Troop run well.


  • Set a good example.

  • Wear the uniform correctly.

  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.


This page last modified: February 12, 2008