Patrol Leader Council Meetings
THE PATROL LEADERS COUNCIL
The Patrol Leaders Council (PLC), not the adult leaders or Troop Committee, is responsible for planning and conducting all troops activities. The PLC is composed of these key decision-makers: SPL and ASPL, and all Patrol Leaders (the Troop Scribe may be requested to attend the PLC to take notes, but he is not a voting member; neither is the Scoutmaster; ASMs do not attend PLC meetings). At the PLC’s monthly meetings, these key youth leaders plan, organize and assign activity responsibilities for the weekly troop meetings for the coming month. The PLC also plans the troop’s annual calendar of activities.
The Scoutmaster guides and mentors but does not lead or control PLC meetings and program-planning, and then informs the troop Committee of the PLC’s plans and decisions. The Troop Committee may offer suggestions to the PLC through the Scoutmaster, but neither the Scoutmaster nor the Committee votes on, approves, vetoes, or otherwise disapproves what the PLC has decided, except in the event of a potential safety or youth protection violation.
Model Patrol Leaders Council Monthly Meeting Agenda
Opening and Call to Order Senior Patrol Leader
Roll Call and Reading of the Log Troop Scribe
Patrol Reports Patrol Leaders
Old Business Senior Patrol Leader
Big Event Planning Senior Patrol Leader
Troop Meeting Planning Senior Patrol Leader
New Business Senior Patrol Leader
Scoutmaster's Minute Scoutmaster
Follow-Up & Follow-Through Make It Happen
On conclusion of each PLC meeting, the Troop’s youth leaders should understand the plan for Troop whatever is coming up… meeting, campout, service project, or special event. They also will understand precisely who is responsible for what, by when, and to whom they’ll report their progress. If any of the responsibilities fall outside the PLC (for instance, the Troop Committee, etc.) the Scoutmaster takes charge of these. Ultimately, everyone reports in to the SPL, while the Scoutmaster acts as his backup/guide/mentor. Regular communication among all Patrol Leaders and their SPL is maintained via phone and/or email/IM/TM, and in-person at troop meetings. The SPL and the Scoutmaster always confer briefly before Troop meetings and activities to look over the agenda and responsibilities developed and agreed upon by the Patrol Leaders Council and to make sure that everything is ready to go according to plan.