Description: The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts in the troop. He also works to promote the religious program.
Comments: “Duty to God” is one of the core beliefs of Scouting. The Chaplain Aide helps everyone in the troop by preparing short religious observations for campouts and other functions. The Chaplain Aide does not always lead the observation himself and can have other troop members’ help.
Reports to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Type: Appointed by Senior Patrol Leader
Term: 6 months
Confirmation: Appointment Approved by Scoutmaster
Training: You must attend the troop Junior Leader Training even if you have attended in the past.
Attendance: You are expected to attend 80% of all troop meetings, Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings, outings, and service projects. If your attendance is low, or if you have three (3) unexcused absences in a row, you can be removed from office.
Effort: You are expected to give this job your best effort and use the adult leadership and advice when you feel they are needed.
General Leadership Responsibilities
Uniform: Set the example by wearing your uniform correctly. This means that you will wear all of the parts of the troop uniform, shirttail tucked in, with all required badges in their correct locations.
Behavior: Set the example by living the Scout Oath and Law in your everyday life. Show Scout Spirit in everything you say and do.
Attendance: Set the example by being an active Scout. Be on time for meetings and activities. You must call the Senior Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster if you are not going to be at a meeting or if you suddenly have to miss an outing. You also need to make sure that the someone (A patrol leader if possible) is ready to assume your responsibilities. This requires you to “Be Prepared”, plan ahead and this will never be an issue.
Specific Leadership Responsibilities
- Assists the Troop Chaplain with religious services at troop activities.
- Coordinate church service projects including Scout Sunday and Clothing Drive.
- Tells Scouts about the religious emblem program for their faith.
- Makes sure religious holidays are considered during troop program planning.
- Helps plan for religious observance in troop activities
- Plan and lead religious services at troop activities, such as Sunday services on campouts and invocations at Courts of Honor.
- Make sure that religious holidays are considered during troop program planning.
- Set a good example.
- Enthusiastically wear the Scout uniform correctly.
- Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
- Show Scout spirit.
What it means in Troop 2
- Keep Troop leaders appraised of religious holidays when planning activities.
- Assist chaplain or religious coordinator in meeting religious needs of Troop members while on activities.
- Encourage saying grace at meals while camping or on activities.
- Lead invocation at Courts of Honor.
- Tell Troop members about religious emblem program.
- Give an instructional presentation about the religious awards once per year at a Troop meeting.
Keep others informed:
- Meet with the ASPL regularly to find out which upcoming activities are going to need your participation.
Set a good example:
- Be the first to reflect the scout sign.
- Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
- Exhibit good self-discipline.
- Have a good attendance record.
- Meet your obligations on time and in full effort.
- Have fun but not at the expense of everyone. Goofing off without purpose wastes time and loses the interest and respect of the other scouts. REMEMBER: The troop will follow your example.
Wear the uniform correctly:
- Always conform to the Troop 2 uniform policy.
Show Scout Spirit:
- Use the Scout Oath and Law as an everyday guideline.
- Actively participate in the activities of Troop 2.
- Set an example for the other Scouts to follow.