The founder of the Scouting movement, Lord Robert Baden-Powell, said that “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.” Troop 49 tries to stay true to that. It’s the adult leaders’ job to train the youth leaders how to lead, observe the youth leadership, and offer constructive guidance for future events.
Elections are held twice yearly. Scouts elect the youth leaders who they want to represent them at Patrol Leaders Council meetings – where upcoming events are decided and planned; to lead the weekly troop and patrol meetings; to perform the administrative and logistical tasks of running the troop; and to help them with advancement. Youth who are considering running for a leadership position should talk to the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster who can review the requirements with them. These requirements include minimum attendance standards, uniform standards, demonstration or leadership skills, and family support. Leadership positions are required as a Scout progresses in rank.