Is at least 21 years old, subscribes to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and agrees to abide by the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law. Possesses the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. Is appointed by the chartered organization and registered as an adult leader of the BSA. Is a person of good character, familiar with organization procedures, with a deep concern for the troop’s success. Preferably is a member of the chartered organization, respected in the community, who shows the willingness and ability to be the Scoutmaster’s chief adviser.
The troop committee chair’s job is to:
- Maintain a close relationship with the Chartered Organization Representative, keeping this key person informed of the needs of the troop that must be brought to the attention of the organization or the district.
- Report to the chartered organization to cultivate harmonious relations.
- Confer with the Scoutmaster on policy matters relating to Boy Scouting and the chartered organization.
- Supervise troop committee operation by
- Calling and presiding at troop leaders’ meetings.
- Assigning duties to committee members.
- Planning for troop charter review, roundup, and re-registration.
- Approving bills before payment by the troop treasurer.
- Conduct the annual troop program planning conference and troop leaders’ meetings.
- Complete troop committee Fast Start Training and Basic Leader Training for the position.
- Ask the committee to assist with recommendations for Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters as needed.
- Work with the chartered organization representative to provide adequate and safe facilities for troop meetings.
- Cooperate with the Scout Master on council-approved money-earning projects so the troop can earn money for materials and equipment.
- Manage finances through adequate financial records.
- Maintain adequate troop records and take care of troop property.
- If the Scout Master is unable to serve, assume active direction of the troop until a successor is recruited and registered.
- Appoint a committee member or other registered adult to be responsible for Youth Protection training.
- Provide a training program for adult family members.
- Develop and maintain strong troop-pack relationships, sharing with the pack committee the need for graduations into the troop.
- Work closely with the unit commissioner and other troop and pack leaders in bringing about a smooth transition of Webelos Scouts into the troop.
- Help bring families together at joint activities for Webelos dens (or packs) and Boy Scout troops.