Patrol Leaders' Council

The Patrol Leaders' Council

The Patrol Leaders' Council, or PLC, is responsible for planning and conducting the troop's activities. Good troops are run by the Scouts with guidance and advice from the adults serving the Scouts. The PLC is the means by which the troop is run by Scouts. The PLC is an opportunity to learn about leadership not by reading, but by practicing.

The PLC is responsible for planning troop activities and keeping the troop focused on its schedule and goals. The PLC meets usually on the first Monday of the month one hour before the regular meeting time but can be scheduled anytime the PLC decides that a meeting is needed.

Great organizations have great leadership and a Scout troop is no exception. Scouts will get out of the troop what they are willing to put into it and leadership is the key to making an organization, and this troop, a success.

The PLC is made up of:

  • the senior patrol leader who presides over the PLC meetings,
  • the assistant senior patrol leader who presides in the SPL's absence,
  • all patrol leaders who represent their patrol's and reports the information from meetings to their patrol,
  • the scribe who created the agendas with the SPL and takes the minutes of the meeting, and
  • the troop guide who attends the meeting with the patrol leader from the new Scout patrol.

The Scoutmaster and assistant Scoutmasters working with the patrol leaders also attend to offer advice and guidance. The patrol leaders' council plans the yearly troop program at the annual troop program planning conference. It then meets monthly to fine-tune the plans for the upcoming month.

At any time the PLC may request that a Scout in position of responsibility attend the PLC to report what they are doing. An example may be the Quartermaster providing a report on the condition of the equipment or the librarian reporting on which resources the troop has and needs to acquire.

The expectations of the PLC meeting are:

  • the PLC will be run by the SPL,
  • the PLC will be attended by all members,
  • the PLC will be run by rules of good meetings and will include an agenda, be focused, on track and accomplish the goal,
  • Goal - planning all aspects and activities for the month ahead including identifying the activities, schedule and action items,
  • the PLC will identify problems in the troop such as lack of advancement, issues for adult leadership and any other perceived problems,
  • the PLC will bring new ideas to the troop including recruitment, scheduled events, new camping locations, meeting themes, guest speakers and more.

PLC Resources

PLC Meeting Agenda - The meeting agenda should be completed by the Scribe and emailed to the members of the PLC before the meeting.

Download the PLC Agenda

Troop Meeting Plan - The meeting plan should be completed by the PLC to plan troop meetings and assign responsibilities during the meeting.

Download the Troop Meeting Plan

Court of Honor

Here are resources to help the PLC plan the courts of honor conducted by Troop 818

Meritbadge.org Court of Honor page

Program Resources - a great run down of a quality court of honor.

US Scouting Service Project - numerous court of honor ideas

Boy Scout Trail - numerous court of honor ideas