Troop 14 is a boy-led troop. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the boy-in-charge. The job of SPL at Camp Royaneh is very difficult and highly regarded by the older scouts.
As SPL at camp, you lead the troop of 50 boys, for 2 weeks, 24 hours a day. In the good moments and the bad. All the glory and demerits for the troop are funneled through the SPL.
Sam, seen below, was a stellar SPL for Troop 14. Sam exemplifies everything that is needed to be a leader at camp. His spirit speak volumes. His positive energy never ending.
The SPL also sets the attitude for the whole week. If he appears stressed, the younger scouts gets stressed. The boy-in-charge has to value the traditions and standards or else no one else will care. But how do you do that without looking like just a nerd? Sam did an excellent job of balancing a disciplined behavior and fun.
Competition is a constant theme in Boy Scouts. Everything from large, camp-wide organized competitions to small yelling matches at meal time.