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Est. 1952                         La Cañada Flintridge, CA   

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Youth Leadership

Boy Scout troops are run by the scouts, not the adults. In our troop each scout with rank of First Class or above has a leadership position in the troop and is a member of the Troop Leadership Corps (TLC). The TLC meets once a month to plan upcoming troop meetings and outings. Two of the leadership positions are elected each January - senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader - while the others are appointed by the scoutmaster (with the exception of assistant patrol leaders, who are appointed by their patrol leader, and can be Second Class rank).

To prepare for your leadership position, read the below materials about leadership, and attend the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) course given each year by the troop. There is also an optional six-day leadership training course (National Youth Leadership Training - NYLT) offered by our council and other councils, and a six-day advanced leadership training course (National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience - NAYLE) offered at the four national High Adventure bases: Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Northern Tier in Minnesota, Sea Base in Florida, or Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

What is Leadership? Leadership
Leadership Styles Leadership Responsibilities

To learn about the responsibilities of each leadership position in the troop, click on the patches below.

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