General Information

Description:The Instructor teaches Scouting skills.

Comments: The Instructor will work closely with both the Troop Guide and with the Assistant Scoutmaster for new Scouts. The Instructor does not have to be an expert but should be able to teach the Scoutcraft skills needed for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. The troop can have more than one instructor.

Reports to: Scoutmaster
Type: Appointed by the Scoutmaster
Term: 1 Year


Age: 14 or Higher
Rank: 1st Class or Higher
Experience: Nonel
Attendance: 75% for all activities over previous 6 months
Confirmation: Appointment Approved by Scoutmaster

Performance Requirements

You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training even if you have attended in the past.
You are expected to attend 80% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings, outings, and service projects. If your attendance is low, or if you have three (3) unexcused absences in a row, you can be removed from office.
You are expected to give this job your best effort and use the adult leadership and advice when you feel they are needed.

General Leadership Responsibilities

Set the example by wearing your uniform correctly. This means that you will wear all of the parts of the troop uniform, shirttail tucked in, with all required badges in their correct locations.
Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life. Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.
Set the example by being an active Scout. Be on time for meetings and activities. You must call the Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster if you are not going to be at a meeting or if you suddenly have to miss an outing. You also need to make sure that the someone (A patrol leader if possible) is ready to assume your responsibilities. This requires you to “Be Prepared”, plan ahead and this will never be an issue.

Specific Leadership Responsibilities

    • Teaches basic Scouting skills in Troop and Patrols.
    • Sets a good example.
    • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
    • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
    • Shows Scout spirit.
      Duties What it means in Troop 980
      Instruct Scouting skills as needed within the Troop or patrols.
      • Take on assignments from the staff to provide skills instruction at Troop meetings and on campouts.
      Prepare well in advance for each teaching assignment.
      • Study carefully the skill to be taught.
      • Use resources that are available, for example:
        • Boy Scout Handbook
        • Boy Scout Field book
        • Merit Badge books
        • Woods Wisdom
        • Other library resources
      • Write down your instructional plan.
      • Make sure you have all the necessary equipment. Be Prepared.
      Keep others informed:
      • Talk with the AS PL (Programs) each week to be sure of your assignments. Tell him if you are having trouble preparing for your instructional assignments.
      Set a good example:
      • Be the first to reflect the scout sign.
      • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
      • Exhibit good self-discipline.
      • Have a good attendance record.
      • Meet your obligations on time and in full effort.
      • Have fun but not at the expense of everyone. Goofing off without purpose wastes time and looses the interest and respect of the other scouts.
      • REMEMBER: The troop will follow your example.
      Wear the uniform correctly:
      • Always conform to the Troop 980 uniform policy.
      Show Scout Spirit:
      • Use the Scout Oath and Law as an everyday guideline.
      • Actively participate in the activities of Troop 980.
      • Set an example for the other Scouts to follow.


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