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Leadership Policies

Terms

The Troop has two six-month leadership terms during the calendar year:
  • Fall term: September 1st through March 1st – Elections held in late-August 
  • Spring term: March 1st through September 1st – Elections held in mid-February 
Even though the spring term covers the summer, Scouts can earn credit during this term through active participation in the annual planning process, summer camp, and high adventure.

Scouts are limited to a total of two consecutive terms in a particular position unless the position would otherwise go unfilled.

Sequence of Events

Every six-month leadership term will follow this sequence of events:
  1. Signups open for elected and appointed positions 
  2. Troop Guides appointed by First Year ASM (spring term only) 
  3. SPL election held during Troop meeting 
  4. SPL-elect chooses appointments for ASPL, Scribe, Quartermaster, Bugler, Historian, Librarian, OA Rep, LNT Trainer, Webmaster, and Chaplain Aide 
  5. SPL reviews appointments with Scoutmaster 
  6. The Scoutmaster will have final approval on all leadership appointments 
  7. SPL announces his appointments 
  8. Patrol Leader elections held during a Troop meeting 

Election Rules

  • General
    • Uniformed leaders (Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters) will conduct all elections. Two uniform leaders will be designated Election Officers for each election.
    • If the uniformed leader’s son is running for election, that uniformed leader may not be an Election Officer for that election
    • In the rare event of a tiebreaker where the SPL has a sibling in the tie, the SPL may not vote
  • All voting will be done by ballot
    • Scouts running for a position will be announced, must be present, and will give a short speech
    • Scouts write their vote on a slip of paper
    • Scout running for the position may vote
    • Ballots are collected and counted by the Election Officer
  • Majority rules
    • A quorum (> 50% of the members) must be present for the election to be valid
    • The Scout with the majority of the votes (> 50% of those present) wins
  • In the event of a tie…
    • The Election Officers will oversee the run-off process
    • A second vote will be conducted with just the tied parties on the ballot
    • If a tie remains after the second vote, the following criteria will be used sequentially to determine the winner:
      • The candidate with the highest attendance and participation in Troop activities during the past 6 months
      • The SPL votes to break the tie for PL elections. If the SPL has a sibling in the tie, the SPL may not vote and #3 below will be used to determine the winner.
      • The Scoutmaster votes to break the tie for SPL or PL elections. If one of the candidates is the son of the Scoutmaster, the Election Officers will determine the winner. 

Receiving Credit

Scouts must be First Class rank or higher to serve in all positions
  • A Scout must serve actively in the position to earn credit
    • Minimum score of 15 with no 1’s in any category = 6 months credit
    • Scouts are encouraged to aim for a score of 20-25 which reflects goals like the BSA Honor Patrol
  • No credit for months where nothing is done
  • Participation to be reviewed by Patrol Advisor
  • Final decision for credit to be made by Patrol Advisor (PL/Guide) or Scoutmaster (SPL/Appointed)
  • Any discrepancies will be reviewed with Scout, Patrol Advisor, and Scoutmaster
  • Cannot double dip
    • For example, if you are a Patrol Leader AND a Den Chief at the same time you will only earn credit for one of the two positions. 

Summer Camp, High Adventure, and Special Projects

  • Credit given for key positions (SPL, PL, etc.) on High Adventure and Jamboree trips
    • 1 week of leadership at summer camp = 1 month of PoR credit
    • 1 week of leadership at Camp Ta-Ki-Ma = 1 month of PoR credit
    • 12 days of leadership at High Adventure trip or Jamboree = 2 months of PoR credit
  • Only 3 months of PoR credit allowed for these roles during a single summer
    • For example, if you go to Oljato, Wente, World Scout Jamboree, and Philmont that would add up to a total of 6 months but only 3 months of PoR credit would be allowed in that case
  • Scoutmaster approved leadership
    • Special leadership projects may be approved by Scoutmaster
    • Credit given for work as Troop Instructor for domain-specific instruction
    • Scoutmaster must approve all Summer Camp, High Adventure, and Special Project PoR credit
  • Cannot double dip
    • For example, if you are a Patrol Leader during the spring term you would be earning credit as a Patrol Leader from March 1st through September 1st. If you signed up as the SPL for Oljato that would not allow you to earn any additional credit.