Patrol Leader (PL)



Junior Leader Job Description


Introduction:  When you were assigned the position of Patrol leader, you agreed to provide a service and leadership in our Troop.  That responsibility should be fun and rewarding.  This job description provides some of the things you are expected to do while serving as a Junior Leader. 


In general, you take direction from the SPL and ASPLs and carry those directions out with your patrol.  You are the leader of the patrol.  It does not matter if other scouts in your patrol have a higher rank (First Class, Second Class, etc.) if you are the Patrol Leader, you are the leader of the patrol.


This does not mean that you do all the workIt means that you work with each member of your patrol to get a task done.  Most often it should means that others are doing the tasks that you assign.  It also means that questions from the scouts in your patrol should be filtered through you to the ASPL.


Responsible to:  Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders


Specific Duties:

  • Take direction from the SPL & his ASPLs.

  • Work with your patrol to carry out 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.

  • If you cannot attend a campout, assign the APL the responsibility of PL for the campout but help them with preparation.

  • Always insure that the patrol is ready for campouts. Make sure menus, 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 10, 2008