Activities
HOW THE TROOP WORKS

The troop is self-sponsored through The Troop 17 Activities, Committee, Inc. There are no paid positions involved with the troop;
all adult positions are held by volunteers. The troop is organized as all scouting units are:
TROOP COMMITTEE – acts like a board of directors and is comprised of involved parents and alumni. See page 11 for more information.

SCOUTMASTER – is the adult volunteer leader of the troop. He is the adult manager that effectively pulls it all together to get the result of
helping boys grow into good men while having fun. His primary responsibility is to train the boy leaders to run the troop and manage, support,
and train his ASMs in their roles.

ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTERS – ASMs are the uniformed adult volunteer leaders that help the Scoutmaster and share his challenge.
TROOP COMMITTEE
SCOUTMASTER
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Assistant Scoutmaster
SENIOR PATROL LEADER
Dragon Patrol
Viper Patrol
Wolf Patrol
New Member Patrol
JUNIOR ASSISTANT SCOUTMASTERS – are the 16-17 year old scouts who supervise and support other boy leaders as assigned and may
work as instructors.

SENIOR PATROL LEADER – the SPL, the top boy leader in the troop has the most challenging job. He is in charge! This is an elected
position, voted on by all the boy members. He appoints his own assistant and works through the patrol leaders.

PATROL LEADER – is the elected leader of a nine-boy patrol. He appoints each member to a job and is in charge of his patrol. His key job is
to represent his patrol members on the patrol leader’s council where decisions for the troop are made.

PATROL LEADER’S COUNCIL – is comprised of all elected junior leaders and serves to plan and run the troop program. With each patrol
represented and chaired by the SPL the views of all scout members are represented. Decisions are mostly arrived via discussion and
consensus; sometimes it is by vote and majority rules.

NEW MEMBERS – are assigned to the new member patrol until they complete the joining requirements and get their uniform. Once in
uniform, they choose a permanent patrol to join and are assigned a job subject to available vacancies.
WELCOME TO TROOP 17
WHAT IS BOY SCOUTING?
HOW DOES THE TROOP WORK?
BECOMING A SCOUT
THE FIRST YEAR
THE SECOND YEAR AND BEYOND
HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAM
ADULT VOLUNTEER LEADERS
BOY JUNIOR LEADERS
COSTS OF SCOUTING
THE PARENT’S ROLE
MORE INFORMATION
VOLUNTEER SURVEY FORM
SOME FACTS ABOUT SCOUTING
FAMOUS EAGLE SCOUTS
LINKS TO OFFICIAL SCOUT WEB SITES

GREATER NEW YORK COUNCILS OF BOY SCOUTS

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA NATIONAL COUNCIL

THE GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL OF GREATER NEW YORK