Troop Historian

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Historian Job Description:

When you accept the position of Historian at Troop 30, you agree to provide service in your Troop.  This responsibility should be fun and rewarding.  This job description and the duties listed below provide some of the things you are expected to do while serving as a junior leader.

Historian Duties:

  • Gather pictures and facts about activities of the Troop and keep them in scrapbooks, wall displays, or information files.   
  • Make sure that some pictures are taken at every Troop event.
  • Keep a journal of Troop events and activities to be used with pictures, and include handouts and maps, etc. when possible. 
  • Be prepared to present a picture slide show a Troop dinner, or for recruiting.
  • Takes care of Troop trophies, ribbons, awards and souvenirs of Troop activities.
  • Works with Troop’s Web Master to ensure information, pictures, videos and other historical information is made available on the Troop 30 website.  Make sure the Troop website is updated at least monthly.
  • Sets a good example.
  • Enthusiastically wears the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Shows Scout Spirit.

Additional (Optional) Duties:

  • Gather as much history of the Troop as possible, in whatever form is available.
  • Talk to former members of the Troop and record conversations on tape or video.
  • Files a copy of the following items in the Troop Activity Record Binder:  Log of PLC meetings (prepared and provided by the Scribe); and Troop roster (prepared and provided by the Scoutmaster).
  • Keeps information about former members of the Troop.

General Information:

  • Responsible to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Responsible to: Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
  • Term of office: 6 months to 1 year
  • Position type: Appointed (by SPL, but must be approved by the Scoutmaster)
  • Works with:  Assistant Scoutmaster responsible for Troop Historian
  • JLT Training: Yes
  • Effort:  You are expected to give this job your best effort and use the adult leadership and advice when you feel they are needed.
  • Attendance:  75% for all activities, including Thursday meetings, PLC meetings, and service projects; and 5 of the 6 monthly Outings.  If your attendance is low, or if you have 3 unexcused absences in a row, you can be removed from office. 
  • Expectations:  If not satisfactorily performing his duties (as determined by Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters) due to poor attendance or lack of attention to responsibilities can lose his position and not receive credit for a "position of responsibility."
  • Experience:  none, but interest in photography and computers is helpful.
  • Requirements:  Minimum Class Scout; 1 year in the Troop.


The true value of a good Historian does not show up until years later.  The work of the Historian provides a link with the past.  The keeping of journals and pictures may be used by Scouts in future years to look back and know what kinds of things the Troop was doing.  It can also be used for recruiting new Scouts.  This is very important position!

Submitted by ASM Bob Keisler 3/24/2012