o Boys should learn the art and skill of effective leadership as they grow, mature, and advance through the Scouting ranks.

o Each leadership position should be a substantive one – with clear, critical responsibilities that demand the boy’s attention and provide a visible opportunity for demonstrating leadership skills.

o As boys advance, they should take on more and more demanding leadership positions.

o When a Board of Review takes place, one or more Scoutmasters should be able to vouch for the scout’s leadership growth.

o Per the Boy Scout Handbook, the Scoutmaster can assign special tasks to scouts that need leadership “time”, provided such tasks involve a degree of leadership equivalent to that which they would have derived from a regular leadership position (e.g., acting as Senior Patrol Leader at Scout Camp or a High Adventure outing).

o The suggested leadership positions, by rank of advancement, are as follows:

Position – Rank Pursuing
Librarian – Star
Scribe – Star
Historian – Star
Den Chief – Star
Bugler – Star
Quartermaster – Star, Life
Chaplain Aide – Star, Life
Assistant SPL – Star, Life, Eagle
Patrol Leader – Star, Life, Eagle
Troop Guide – Life, Eagle, Eagle Palms
Instructor – Life, Eagle, Eagle Palms
Senior Patrol Leader – Eagle, Eagle Palms
Jr. Assistant Scout Master – Eagle Palms

o Generally, it is expected that scouts will rotate through the various leadership positions available. They will not stay in one position for an extended period of time.

o Variations from these recommendations are certainly possible, but the use of less demanding positions for higher ranks should be defended based on special circumstances.

o Some boys may want to develop a “career path” (development plan) that describes the types of leadership skills they would like to develop.