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Assistant Senior Patrol Leader

General Information

Type: Appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader
Term: 6-12 months
Reports to: Senior Patrol Leader

Description: The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest ranking patrol leader in the troop.  The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader acts as the Senior Patrol Leader in the absence of the SPL or when called upon.  He also provides leadership to other junior leaders in the troop.

Comments: The most important part of the ASPL position is his work with the other junior leaders.  The ASPL should be familiar with the other positions and stay current with the work being done.


  • Age: none
  • Rank: 1st Class or higher
  • Experience: Previous service as SPL, ASPL, PL, or APL
  • Attendance: 75% over the previous 6 months
  • Confirmation: Apointment Approved by Scoutmaster

Performance Requirements

Training: You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training even if you have attended in the past.

Attendance: You are expected to attend 85% 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.

Effort: You are expected to given this job your best effort.

General Leadership Responsibilities

Uniform: 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.

Behavior: Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life.  Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.

Attendance: 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 someone will assume your responsibilities.

Specific Leadership Responsibilities

  • Helps the Senior Patrol Leader lead meetings and activities.
  • Runs the troop in the absence of the Senior Patrol Leader.
  • Helps train and supervise the Troop Scribe, Quartermaster, Instructor, Librarian, Historian, and Chaplin Aide.
  • Serves as a member of the Patrol Leader's Council.