The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will affect every youth and adult involved in the troop.
The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster is appointed by the head of the chartered organization.
The Scoutmaster's duties include:
Train and guide boy leaders.
Work with other responsible adults to bring Scouting to boys.
Use the methods of Scouting to achieve the aims of Scouting.
Meet regularly with the patrol leaders' council for training and coordination in planning troop activities.
Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for a qualified adult substitute.
Attend troop committee meetings.
Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation.
Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and charter presentation.
Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for all rank advancements.
Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and see that they are promptly registered.
Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations.
Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.
Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year.
Participate in council and district events.
Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature.
Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the chartered organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
To fulfill his obligation to the troop, the Scoutmaster, with the assistance of the troop committee, recruits assistant Scoutmasters to help operate the troop. Each assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity). An assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster's absence.
Types of assistant Scoutmasters include:
Assistant Scoutmaster - New Scouts
Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture
A troop should recruit as many assistant Scoutmasters as possible. It has been found that many successful troops have three or more.
Meeting & agenda advisor
They work with Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) on Troop Meeting execution.
Weekend activities advisor
They work with SPL, Outdoor Activities Chair, and Service Chair
The Event Subcommittee is responsible for organizing quarterly Court of Honor, Year-end party, and various internal/external events. The members of this Subcommittee share the following responsibilities:
Make reservation for TM, CM, PLC meeting location for next school year at the month of May.
Site reservation and surveillance of Court of Honor and Year-end party.
Coordinate refreshments/food/fee collection with Patrol Parents.
Promote events, decorate site, and taking pictures.
Participate planning meetings with the external organization-in-charge. External events include Chinese New Year's Parade, Lantern Festival, Chinese Athletic Tournament, Double Tenth Ceremony, Summer Festival, Moon Festival, etc.
Coordinate the external events with Patrol Leaders.
Report the preparation and feed back at the Troop Committee Meeting.
Update the Troop driver's table with insurance information yearly during October.