Boy Scouts of America

Troop 29


PLC's Corner

Troop 29
Summer/Fall 2017 Patrol Leader Council

The PLC

Patrol Leaders Council
Troop 29 elects scout leaders for six month terms. Supported by our adult leaders, these scouts are responsible for every aspect of the Troop 29 program and activities during their term of office. The scouts elected as leaders are generally among the more experienced Troop 29 has available. As a boy led troop we strive to allow these boys the opportunity to demonstrate the leadership skills they have been acquiring since joining Boy Scouts. Being on the PLC is an opportunity to put into practice the vision of Boy Scouting; to build leaders capable of making moral decisions.

Being elected is an honor.

With Honor comes responsibility.

Position Title Position Holder Useful Information
Senior Patrol Leader
Charlie S.
2017/18 Troop Planning Guide
2017/18 Troop Goals
SPL Position Description & Requirements
PLC Meeting Agenda template
Troop Meeting Plan template

Ast Sr. Patrol Leader
Greg F. and Matt G.
ASPL Position Description & Requirements
ASPL Warrant Officer Status Checklist
PL - Da Bears
Ty W.
There are MANY resources available to Patrol leaders to help them plan and lead their patrol. Several links are provided below.
PL Position Descriptio & Requirements
APL Position Descriptio & Requirements
Patrol Leaders Handbook
PL - Thunderbirds
Vishnu D.

PL - Spartans
Hayden M.

PL - Wise Guys
Kyle L.

PL - Banana Turtles

PL - Beavers

How does the PLC Work?

Purpose: To instill in the boys the importance of Junior Leaders in the Troop.

INTRODUCTION:

"The patrol is the heart of the Patrol method, but the brain that guides it is the Patrol Leaders Council." When you become a leader in a patrol you also become a leader in the troop. In the patrol leaders council you will get a chance to express the hopes and desires of your patrol. Here, also, you will receive the guidance and help you need to conduct your patrol affairs and train your patrol members.

In the patrol leaders council you will pick up inspiration for making your patrol the best possible.

EXPLANATION:

  1. WHO?
    1. All patrol leaders are members of the council.
    2. THe Senior patrol leader acts as the chairman of the patrol leaders council.
    3. The Scoutmaster serves as advisor to the council.
    4. The only members of the council with a vote are the patrol leaders. The Senior patrol leader can vote in case of a tie.
    5. In the absence of the patrol leader his assistant can attend and vote.
    6. Quartermaster, Scribe, Junior Assistant Scoutmasters, and other may attend but have no vote.
  2. WHAT?
    1. The patrol leaders council plans the activities of the troop and assigns the responsibility for carrying out the plans for such things as:
      • Meetings Hikes Camps
      • Service projects
    2. Reports are made on progress of activities underway.
    3. The council also acts as a clearing house for special problems that might arise:
      • No advancement
      • Can't control group
      • No patrol meetings
    4. The schedule for the year is planned.
  3. WHEN?
    1. The patrol leaders council should meet once a month and at other times when necessary.
    2. In many troops they meet briefly after each troop meeting.
  4. HOW?
    1. Call to order - Senior Patrol Leader
    2. Reading of minutes - Scribe
    3. Patrol Leaders reports - Patrol Leaders
    4. Unfinished business
    5. Next months program
      • Troop meetings
      • Hikes
      • Campouts
      • Advancement
      • Service projects
      • Recruiting new members
    6. Leaders minute
    7. Closing
  5. DEMONSTRATION

    1. Show a patrol leaders council in action with the Senior patrol Leader as chairman getting everyone to express their opinion concerning the topic of discussion. Remember majority rules.
    2. Show that the Scoutmaster has the final say and may veto if his sound judgment and good leadership makes it necessary.




ARE YOU A LEADER OR A BOSS?

The boss drives his men; the leader coaches them.
The boss depends upon authority; the leader upon good will.
The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.
The boss says, "I"; the leader says, "We."
The boss assigns the tasks; the leader sets the pace.
The boss says, "Get here on time"; the leader gets there ahead of time.
The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.
The boss knows how it is done; the leader shows how.
The boss makes work drudgery; the leader makes it a game.
The boss says, "Go"; the leader says, "Let's go."

The world needs leaders; but nobody wants a boss.