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Join BSA Troop 759 as an Assistant Scoutmaster
BSA Troop 759 is a chartered unit of the Boy Scouts of America sponsored by The Division of Parks & Recreation for the City of Columbus. Our unit is headquartered at Blackburn Recreation & Community center to serve the needs of the Olde Towne East Neighborhood and surrounding urban neighborhoods with Scouting programs.
BSA Troop 759 is looking for an Assistant Scoutmaster (ASM) to join our unit. Our recent growth in the ScoutsBSA program for boys and our on-going efforts to extend Scouting to the community has created a new opportunity for a leader to join our Troop. An Assistant Scoutmaster must be at least 18 years of age and apply with the Boy Scouts of America as an adult volunteer. The ASM will also be required to submit to a background check, complete BSA training for Assistant Scoutmasters and certify in Youth Protection Training. The following are the responsibilities of the Assistant Scoutmaster:
- This Assistant Scoutmaster, in consultation with the Scoutmaster, is responsible for monitoring, encouraging and fostering the advancement of scouts from the rank of Scout to First Class.
- He/she will attend all Patrol Leaders Council meetings and the Annual Planning Session to encourage the regular and frequent inclusion of advancement related activities in the outings and meetings of the troop.
- This Assistant Scoutmaster works with the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader to insure the utilization of all Troop Instructors in the fulfillment of advancement objectives and assists in the provision of instructional programs of the troop.
Patrol Advisory and Supervision
- This responsibility is multi-faceted and includes
- provide non-logistical planning and implementation of the troop’s participation in the District Camporee(s) and Scouting on the Mall
- foster the inclusion of venturing activities during the monthly activities to encourage greater older Scout participation and
- work with the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader to assist in the oversight of the troop Quartermasters to ensure that the proper troop and patrol equipment is acquired, maintained and properly stored.
- Attend all Patrol Leaders Council meetings and the Annual Planning Session to provide suggestions, recommendations and ideas for venturing troop activities as a means of encouraging greater older scout participation.
- Work with the Patrol Leaders Council to develop, establish and maintain a system of inter-patrol competition that will foster reliance on the Patrol Method of Scouting, reward teamwork and participation and develop interpersonal skills and leadership.
- Attend all Patrol Leader Council meetings to ensure the inclusion of an inter-patrol competition activity in all troop meetings and outings.
- He/she will monitor and oversee the planning of these activities and attend the troop meetings and outings to ensure the quality implementation of these activities.
- As deemed appropriate, this ASM will work with the Scoutmaster to provide opportunities for the recognition of patrol achievements.
- Working with the Patrol Leaders Council to provide assistance with troop and monthly outing planning to foster the provision of a quality program for all scouts of the troop.
Leadership Training for Youth
- The Assistant Scoutmaster conducts special sessions with the council to develop leadership and planning skills of the youth leadership of the troop.
- The Assistant Scoutmaster is responsible for planning and implementing the twice a year Junior Leaders Training sessions for the youth leadership and monitoring the performance of youth leadership to provide remedial assistance as may be necessary.
- The ASM is also a Patrol Advisor and is responsible for mentoring, guiding and assisting the Patrol Leader in implementing the boy-led concept of troop operations.
- Attention should be given to ensuring that all activities of the patrol are in accord with the general program policies of the Boy Scouts of America and are consistent with all applicable BSA guidelines for the protection of health and safety.
The Assistant Scoutmaster is an integral role in a functioning Troop and will be asked to attend Summer Camps and other outings to support unit performance. The ASM may also be asked to file as a registered Merit Badge Counselor for at least three Eagle Required merit badges and three additional merit badges. The ASM will be encouraged to train to be a Scoutmaster and to look into additional Adult Leadership training including certification in the Safe Swim Defense, Aquatics and High Adventure in preparation for the Troop to begin treks to Philmont, Summit, Sea Base and Northern Tier.