One of the most important things the troop does is train youth to be leaders and then provide them opportunities to lead. We begin the fall with two leadership training opportunities (one of them offered twice) in anticipation of troop leadership elections during the troop meeting on September 10.
– The troop’s foundational youth leadership training course is called Introduction to Leadership (formerly Junior Leader Training or JLT). The course is targeted to First Class and Second Class Scouts, and all Scouts are encouraged to complete this course at some point during their Scouting career. Any Scout wishing to be SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader for the fall term must have completed this course or JLT at least once. Most other positions of responsibility require completing this course during the term, if the Scout has not completed it before his or her appointment.
– To ensure that candidates for SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader understand what those jobs require before our elections on September 11, they are required to attend an SPL/PL candidate meeting before the election. This is analogous to the course formerly called ILST-1 (Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops). The meetings will occur immediately before a troop meeting and last less than an hour. Candidates for the fall term are required to attend a meeting this fall, but they can attend on either September 3 or 10.