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Troop Leadership Training (TLT) is the leadership training given primarily by the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader to all the youth leaders in their troop. ALL Boy Scout troops should conduct the TLT course with every leadership shift—whether it is when the youth get a new troop position or a patrol leadership role, or even when they welcome a new patrol member. The course has three modules that can be presented as individual or combined sessions. These sessions are as follows:
  • Introduction to Troop Leadership—This is conducted within a week of a Scout assuming a new leadership role and focuses on what a new leader must know. The Scoutmaster conducts this session for the senior patrol leader and new Scouts. He may then choose other Scouts or adults to help train the other troop leaders.
  • How to Fulfill Your Position—The second TLT module focuses on how to fulfill the responsibility of the position and is presented by the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader. They may be assisted by assistant Scoutmasters or NYLT-trained Scouts.  This module begins to use leadership tools such as Creating a Vision of Success, the Teaching EDGE(TM) model, and the Start, Stop, Continue method of assessing progress.
  • What Is Expected of Me—The third module is the do—what the youth must do to be effective in his position. It is led primarily by the Scoutmaster.  Each Scout is given a card with the responsibilities of his new position and those responsibilities are reviewed with him.  The Scouts learn to create a vision of success for the troop as well as to define goals for how to get there. They define this vision for themselves for their new leadership position and write it on the leadership position card.

The Troop Leadership Training #34306A is available for purchase at either council service center.  A key component of Troop Leadership Training is the personal job description cards with the reverse side designed for the youth leader to write goals on the card.  These come in each purchased copy.

Options to purchasing the full guide include:

  • Download the PDF version here. (CAUTION - don't do this if you still use a dial-up connection - file is 6mb)
  • Check a copy out from either service center
  • Combined with either of the above, purchase the job description cards separately as #30521 from either service center or www.scoutstuff.org

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