Troop 451 is chartered to Trinity Church in Mesa, AZ.  Our Troop is non-denominational and is comprised of boys aged 11 to 18  from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.  We average between 40 to 60 Scouts at any given time.  The Troop is divided into Patrols of 6 to 8 Scouts each.  

The boys in the Troop are led by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) who is one of the more experienced Scouts, is elected by the other Scouts in a general election, and serves a term of approximately six months.  The SPL selects other members of the Troop to serve as the Senior Patrol.  Each Patrol elects a Patrol Leader, who then, in turn, selects his leadership structure within the Patrol. 

The Chartered Organization Representative (COR) is the conduit for all official communication to and from the Chartered Organization, Trinity Baptist Church.  The COR is responsible for approval of all activities and conduct within the Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack. 

The Scoutmaster oversees all youth programs and is responsible for training all Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs).  The Scoutmaster works closely with the COR, Committee Chair, and parent volunteers.  Ultimately, the Scoutmaster is responsible for the well being of the Troop.  The Boy Scouts of America emphasizes the concept of a Boy Led Troop.  This means that the Scouts plan and run their own activities under the guidance and training of the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters.

The Committee Chairman oversees the business side of the Troop.  We have one of the largest Troops in the Mesa District which can pose some logistical challenges.  We are the only Troop in the district that owns our own 44 passenger bus and equipment truck.  The Troop Committee has the dual role of making sure that the Troop has enough resources to run a quality program, and also holding the Scoutmaster and ASMs accountable for following the guidelines of the BSA and providing quality leadership and training.  The Committee Chairman works closely with the Scoutmaster, COR, and parent volunteers.  All activities in the Troop are approved by the Committee Chairman.

The Parent Patrol is responsible for duties that fall outside the structure of the Scoutmaster and Committee.  Recognizing monthly birthdays, organizing Court of Honor ceremonies, running fundraiser events, etc. all fall under the jurisdiction of the Parent Patrol.  By default, all parents are members of the Parent Patrol and report to the Parent Patrol Leader mentioned on page 1.  Within the structure of the Patrol there will be individuals who are assigned to chair specific events or activities.