Consisting of a minimum of three members 21 years of age or older, the Troop Committee is the Troop's "Board of Directors". It works on behalf of the Chartered Organization to support the Troop by ensuring a quality Scouting program. Each member of the committee should have specific responsibilities, thus dividing the whole job among the committee membership.
There is no maximum limit to the number of Troop Committee Members. Troop 10's Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00pm (After the troop opening ceremony). If interested in becoming a Troop Committee Member please see the Troop Committee
Chairman, Chartered Organization Representative, or the Scoutmaster for more information.
Primary Responsibilities of the Troop Committee are:
- Provides adequate meeting facilities;
- Encourages leaders in carrying out the program;
- Is responsible for finances, adequate funds, and disbursements in line with the approved budget plan;
- Carries out the policies and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America;
- Obtains, maintains, and properly care for troop property;
- Ensures the troop has an monthly outdoor program;
- Serves on Board of Reviews and Court of Honors;
- Supports the Scoutmaster in working with individual boys and problems that may affect the overall troop program;
- Helps with Friends of Scouting program;
- Ensures quality adult leadership is recruited and trained. In a case of an absent/incapacitated Scoutmaster, a qualified substitute is assigned.
Committee Member Positions
- Institutional Head
- Chartered Organization Representative
- Committee Chairman
- Outdoor / Activities Chairman
- Advancement Chairman
- Equipment Chairman (Quartermaster)
- Membership Chairman
- Newsletter / Communication Chairman
Charter Organization Representative - Jim Gervais | 757-728-0099
- Acts as liaison to Langley Christian Church;
- Schedule use of Langley Christian Church fellowship hall;
- Maintain close contact with church leadership on the support needs of the Troop Committee. Reports to the church council regularly on the Troop's status;
- Approve all Adult Leaders applications, works with the Committee Chairman to check references of all adult leader applicants;
- Reports to the Troop Committee at each meeting.
Troop Committee Chairperson - Hope Nichols | 757-234-5494
- Organized the Committee to see that all functions are delegated, coordinated, and completed;
- Maintain a close relationship with the Chartered Organization Representative and the Scoutmaster;
- See that troop leaders and committee members have training opportunities;
- Work closely with the Scoutmaster in preparing Troop Committee meeting agendas;
- Call, preside over, and promote attendance at monthly Troop Committee meetings and any special meetings that may be called;
- Ensure troop representative at monthly roundtables;
- Secure top-notch, trained individuals for camp leadership;
- Arrange for charter review and recharter annually.
- Attends all Troop Committee Meetings, recording the minutes, with special emphasis on decisions made, and action items identified;
- Transcribe and distribute copies of minutes to all registered adult leaders as soon as possible following the committee meeting to ensure committee members follow up on action items;
- Handle troop correspondence as needed.
- Handles all troop funds. Pay bills on recommendation of the Scoutmaster and authorization of the Troop Committee;
- Train and supervise the Troop Scribe in record keeping;
- Keep adequate records in the Troop/Team Record Book, and/or the Troop accounting software;
- Supervise money-earning projects, including obtaining proper authorizations.
Scoutmaster - Richard Nichols | 757-951-8244
The Scoutmaster is the adult leader responsible for the image and program of the troop. The Scoutmaster and his assistant Scoutmasters work directly with the Scouts. The importance of the Scoutmaster's job is reflected in the fact that the quality of his guidance will effect every youth and adult involved in the troop. The Scoutmaster can be male or female, but must be at least 21 years old. The Scoutmaster is appointed by the head of the Chartered Organization.
- Train and guide boy leaders;
- Train and supervise the Troop Scribe in record keeping;
- Use the Methods of Scouting to achieve the Aims of Scouting.
- Meet regularly with the Patrol Leaders' Council for training and coordination in planning troop activities;
- Attend all troop meetings or, when necessary, arrange for qualified adult substitute;
- Attend troop committee meetings;
- Conduct periodic parents' sessions to share the program and encourage parent participation and cooperation;
- Take part in annual membership inventory and uniform inspection, charter review meeting, and chartered presentation.
- Conduct Scoutmaster conferences for all rank advancements;
- Provide a systematic recruiting plan for new members and that they are promptly registered;
- Delegate responsibility to other adults and groups (assistants, troop committee) so that they have a real part in troop operations;
- Supervise troop elections for the Order of the Arrow.
- Make it possible for each Scout to experience at least 10 days and nights of camping each year;
- Participate in council and district events;
- Build a strong program by using proven methods presented in Scouting literature;
- Conduct all activities under qualified leadership, safe conditions, and the policies of the Chartered Organization and the Boy Scouts of America.
To fulfill his obligation to the troop, the Scoutmaster, with the assistance of the Troop Committee, recruits Assistant
Scoutmasters to help operate the troop. Each Assistant Scoutmaster is assigned specific program duties and reports to the Scoutmaster. They also provide the required two-deep leadership standards set by the Boy Scouts of America (there must be at least two adults present at any Boy Scout activity). An Assistant Scoutmaster may be 18 years old, but at least one in each troop should be 21 or older, so he or she can serve in the Scoutmaster's absence. A troop should recruit as many Assistant Scoutmasters as possible. It has been found that many successful troops have three or more.