Youth leadership is real
Troop 168 is a youth-led troop. Scouts are elected to positions of leadership and responsibility by other Scouts. Once elected, these young men then plan and execute their own Scouting programs.
Adult leaders help out by providing support and limited participation. Many different levels of youth authority exist in the troop, from the Senior Patrol Leader, to Assistant Patrol Leaders. Several voluntary positions also exist for those young men who prefer to provide support services, like Quartermaster, Historian, Chaplain Aide and Scribe.
When a boy joins the troop, he is slowly introduced to the leadership structure and given time to acclimate to the new environment.. He is given small jobs to accomplish, under the guidance of more experienced Scouts. As his ability and knowledge grows, he soon begins to tackle more complex responsibilities. Most boys who choose to be leaders are members of the troop for about a year before they are prepared to accept a leadership position.
Learning good leadership skills is one of the most important benefits of being a Boy Scout. Troop 168 strives to teach leadership skills through example, both by other Scouts and by the adult uniformed leaders. More experienced Scouts are expected to help younger Scouts learn basic leadership and teamwork skills.
Troop 168 has requirements a Scout must meet before being elected to a leadership position. The most important one is that Scouts must have completed Troop 168’s Junior Leader Training (JLT) program. JLT is held twice a year so every Scout has the opportunity to receive this training if they are considering leadership eligibility.
Once elected into a leadership position, Troop 168 Scouts become part of the Patrol Leader’s Council (PLC), which is the group that governs the troop. It consists of the Senior Patrol Leader, the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, the Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders. The PLC meets weekly with the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters to plan, review and assess troop programs.