Troop Structure

Troop 127 is currently composed of eight patrols, of about 8-10 scouts each. The troop is supported by an adult Troop Committee and other trained adults holding various positions. We hold Courts of Honor at least twice a year; usually in the Spring and Fall, giving the scouts an opportunity to celebrate their success, receive awards and change Positions of Responsibility.

Scout Lead Troop

Troop 127 is a boy-lead troop, consistent with the model of the Boy Scouts of America.  The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL), one of the more experienced scouts, is elected by the scouts as the top youth leader in the troop. He runs all troop meetings, events, activities, the annual program planning conference (The Green Bar), and the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) meeting. He appoints other youth leaders with the advice and counsel of the Scoutmaster.  Troop 127 has a mentoring system in which an adult is assigned to mentor scouts holding leadership positions. This mentor is readily available for assistance and guidance to the scouts in these positions. The mentor for the SPL is the Scoutmaster. The other positions of responsibility are explained below. Private access to the current leadership roster is available here with a troop email account.

Assistant Senior Patrol Leader(ASPL)

The assistant senior patrol leader (ASPL) is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the senior patrol leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster. The assistant senior patrol leader acts as the senior patrol leader in the absence of the senior patrol leader or when called upon. He also provides leadership to other youth leaders in the troop. Troop 127 has two ASPL's.

Patrol Leader (PL)

The patrol leader is the elected leader of his patrol. He represents his patrol on the patrol leaders’ council and appoints his assistant patrol leader (APL).

Troop Guide

The troop guide works with new Scouts. He helps them feel comfortable and earn their First Class in their first year. He teaches basic Scout skills and works with the patrol leader at patrol leaders’ council meetings. Serving as Guide can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop. (Appointed by the Scoutmaster)

Other Troop Leadership Positions

Assistant Patrol Leader (APL)

The assistant patrol leader is appointed by the patrol leader and leads the patrol in his absence. He represents his patrol at patrol leaders’ council meetings when the patrol leader cannot attend. The assistant patrol leader position does not count towards leadership requirements for Star, Life, or Eagle.

Quartermaster

The quartermaster keeps track of troop equipment and sees that it is in good working order. He keeps records on troop equipment, makes sure equipment is in good working condition, and issues equipment and makes sure it is returned in good condition. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Quartermaster can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop. (Appointed by the SPL)

Scribe

The scribe keeps the troop records. He records the activities of the patrol leaders’ council and keeps a record of dues, advancement, and Scout attendance at troop meetings. (Appointed by the SPL)

Historian

The historian preserves troop photographs, news stories, trophies, flags, scrapbooks, awards, and other memorabilia. (Appointed by the SPL) Serving as Historian can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop. (Appointed by the SPL)

Librarian

The librarian oversees the care and use of troop books, pamphlets, magazines, audiovisuals, and merit badge counselor lists. (Appointed by the SPL)

Instructor

The instructor teaches Scouting skills. (Appointed by the Scoutmaster)

Chaplain Aide

The chaplain aide works with the troop chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious emblems program. (Appointed by the SPL)

Den Chief

The den chief works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. Helps Cub Scouts advance through Cub Scout ranks and encourages Cub Scouts to join a Boy Scout troop upon graduation. Serving as Den Chief can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop. (Appointed by the SPL)

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM)

The junior assistant Scoutmaster  serves in the capacity of an assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required. He must be at least 16 years old and not yet 18. He is appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability. (Appointed & Mentored by the Scoutmaster)

Order of the Arrow Representative

The Order of the Arrow Representative is a youth liaison serving between the local Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge or chapter and his troop. In his unit, he helps meet the needs of the unit and will serve as a communication and programmatic link to and from Arrowmen, adult leaders and Scouts who are not presently members of the Order. (Appointed by the Scoutmaster, unless more than two candidates are nominated, in which case two are elected by the troop.)

Webmaster

The Webmaster helps maintain the troop web site. (Appointed by the SPL)

Leave No Trace Trainer

The Leave No Trace Trainer instructs the scouts on the principles of Leave No Trace, important to preserving our natural resources. (Appointed by the SPL)

Bugler

The Bugler should be able to make appropriate bugle calls, as requested, at troop activities. Serving as Bugler can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star and Life but not Eagle. (Appointed by the SPL)

Musician

Boy Scouts who are members of bands, drill teams, or drum and bugle corps affiliated with a unit or a local council may also wear the musician badge special insignia. (Appointed by the SPL)

Adult Leaders

Committee Chair

The Troop Committee Chair is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. The troop committee chair appoints and supervises the unit committee and unit leaders.

Scoutmaster

The Scoutmaster is the adult responsible for working directly with the Scouts to help them create the program for the troop. The Scoutmaster trains boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction, coaching, and support.

Assistant Scoutmaster

An Assistant Scoutmaster is an adult leader age 18 or over who assists the Scoutmaster in delivering the troop program. Troop 127 has several ASM’s.

Other Adult Leaders:

Troop 127 has an excellent support structure of many parents of its scouts. Registration with the BSA and Youth Protection training is required for all our adult leaders. We also require at least one adult on all troop outings to be fully trained in Outdoor Leader Skills. Many of our adults are trained in First Aid, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, Hazardous Weather, Trek Safely, and Climb on Safely.

We welcome all parents to participate as much as they desire as an adult leader, whether it be a single event held on one day during the year, a camp or trek of longer duration, a merit badge counselor, or serving on the Troop Committee or other unit leader. If interested, please contact the Scoutmaster or Committee Chair. The more adults we have who support our troop, the stronger it will be as it affords us to offer more outings and activities for our scouts.