Patrols are the building blocks of Scouting. As a member of a patrol, you plan together, learn together, and all of you pitch in to turn exciting plans into action. Patrols, generally made up of 6-8 boys, are such an important part of Scouting that a part of each troop meeting is usually set aside for each patrol to meet by itself. Every patrol has a name and every Scout in the patrol wears a patch on their right sleeve with their patrol’s emblem.
Your patrol will elect one of its members to serve a¬†Patrol Leader. The patrol leader is in charge of the patrol at troop meetings and during outdoor adventures, and he represents the patrol on the patrol leaders’ council. While there is only one patrol leader, every member of a patrol shares the duties of leadership. You could be the one who finds the way on a hike, who is the chief cook in camp, or who teaches other Scouts how to tie a knot.
Senior Patrol Leader
This is the top boy leader of a troop and is elected by all of the Scouts. With guidance from the Scoutmaster, the SPL is in charge of troop meetings and the patrol leaders’ council, and does all he can to see that the patrols succeed.
Troop Leadership Positions
The Senior Patrol Leader appoints scouts to positions of leadership critical to the successful functioning of the troop. These include Assistant SPL, Troop Scribe, Quartermaster, Chaplain Aide, Instructor, Librarian, Historian, Troop Guide and Webmaster.
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
The activities of the troop are planned by the Patrol Leaders Council, made up of your patrol leaders, senior patrol leader, Scoutmaster, and other troop leaders. The PLC discusses future meetings and outings for the whole troop. Your patrol leader’s responsibility is to share the ideas that have come from you and other Scouts in your patrol to the PLC and to report back decisions made by the PLC back to you and the patrol.
The Scoutmaster is the main adult leader of your troop. He is in charge of training the Senior Patrol Leader, advising the Patrol Leaders’ Council, meeting with each boy as they are ready for advancement (Scoutmaster Conference), and directing the activities of the various Assistant Scoutmasters.
Troop 127 meets every Wednesday (whenever school is in session) from 6:45 to 8:30 pm at the Mason’s Lodge.¬† During meetings scouts learn new skills, plan for camping trips, play games and work on advancement. There may also be separate meetings to prepare for an activity, such as building a Klondike Derby sled, a monthly outdoor activity such as a day hike, and a number of service projects.
The Boy Scout Troop Committee is responsible for conducting the business of the troop, setting policy, and helping the Scoutmaster and Scouts with the outdoor program and other planned activities. The committee also has the responsibility to provide adults for boards of review. This is an important responsibility and is one area were help is always needed and appreciated. The committee consists of parent volunteers who meet monthly to fulfill various roles on the committee.
Schools and community and religious organizations, with the help of the BSA, organize Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships for boys and young men and women. They manage these units and control the program of activities to support the goals and objectives of the chartered organizations. The head of the chartered organization appoints a chartered organization representative to provide leadership in the selection of a committee of adults that will provide overall supervision for the unit’s program. The committee selects the adult unit leaders who will work with the youth. The chartered organization representative is also a voting member of the local council and may serve as a member of the district committee.
Scouting serves young men and women in every part of the country through more than 300 local council service centers. Each council helps chartered organizations in its geographic area to effectively use the Scouting program and to expand the use of the program to other community groups. We are a member of the Boston Minuteman Council, Flintlock District.
Our Troop Leadership
- SPL: Nate
- Scribe: Alan
- Quartermaster: Bryce
- Webmaster: William
- Librarian: Chris C
- Troop Guide: Henry
- Troop Chaplain: Tim¬†
- Flying Snakes Patrol
- PL: Henry
- APLs: Alan, Adam
- Prophets Patrol
- PL: Peter
- APL: Nick
- Chiefs Patrol
- PL: Michael
- APL: Ben L