One of the main objectives of Scouting is to
build leadership skills.
Unlike Cub Scouting, which many of you are familiar
with, Boy Scouting is a youth-led organization. An older boy, who is elected by
the youth members, leads the Troop. He is called the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL).
Youth members also run the Troop activities. There is a committee of adult
leaders (called the Troop Committee) to oversee this process, but, Scouts are in
charge of each outing. They determine which patrols will go, what the agenda
will be, and coordinate transportation. They follow a program plan that is
developed by the Patrol Leaders' Council (a monthly meeting of the youth leaders
of the troop). Having adolescent young males in charge of a program does not set
well with some parents. The Troop Committee does occasionally have to intervene,
but Scouting is a program that has flourished since 1910 and youth-run units
tend to produce the best leaders.