The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 137       


“We must change boys from a 'what can I get' to a 'what can I give' attitude.”

“An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual."

“When a boy finds someone who takes an interest in him, he responds and follows.”

- Lord Baden-Powell (founder of Scouting)


Job Description:  The Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM) serves in the capacity of an Assistant Scoutmaster except where legal age and maturity are required.  He must be at least 16 years of age and not yet 18.  He’s appointed by the Scoutmaster because of his leadership ability.

Responsible To:  Scoutmaster

Term:  One year

Specific Duties:  (specifically defined by the Scoutmaster and Troop Committee)

·       Function as an Assistant Scoutmaster (except for leadership responsibilities reserved for adults 18-21 years of age or older).

·       Accomplish any duties assigned by the Scoutmaster.

·       Set a good example.

·       Wear the scout uniform enthusiastically and correctly when prescribed.

·       Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

·       Show and help develop Scout spirit.

Scoutmaster’s Expectations of this Position:

·       Live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

·       Show and help develop Scout spirit.

·       Set a good example for all other scouts.  Be a role model.

·       Must attend junior leader training.

·       Work with other troop leaders to create and keep a healthy troop.

·       Wear the Scout uniform correctly at appropriate occasions.

·       The JASM must have already earned the rank of Life with the intent to complete Eagle.

·       Has held at least two leadership positions previously in the troop.

·       Been in attendance 75% of all troop activities within last 6 months.

·       Expected to attend 80% of all troop meetings, PLCs, outings and service projects.

·       3 unexcused absences in a row places the JASM subject to removal from that position.

·       Be on time for all meetings attended.

·       “Be prepared” by informing the SPL if you cannot make a meeting prior to it and making sure your duties are covered for that meeting.

·       Support the SPL and ASPLs in their assignments.

·       Provide help with maintaining discipline.

·       Be an expert in and be able to teach outdoor skills.

·       Be able to coordinate service projects.

·       Help younger Scouts with advancement requirements.

·       Be willing to have a conference half-way during your tenure to discuss and evaluate your responsibilities and the performance of your duties.


30 June 2012, JRG