Boy Scout Troops follow a “Boy Led” model. This means the Scouts are active decision makers: they plan, present, vote upon, and run their own meetings and decide on Troop outdoor activities. Scoutmasters act as mentors to guide them and ensure activities are properly planned.
The PLC (Patrol Leader Council) is the decision making body of the Troop. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the elected youth leader for the Troop; leaders for each Patrol are also elected. All other positions are appointed. The PLC meets monthly to plan outings and create agendas for weekly meetings. PLC meetings are facilitated by the Scoutmaster and an assigned ASM. Most leadership positions are held for 6 months.
Troop 718 offers leadership training and tools to help our youth leaders build managerial and teamwork skills. This training is open to all Scouts, regardless of rank or position. Parents of new Scout Leaders may be expected to attend certain training sessions and agree to participate in their Scout’s leadership commitment.