Senior patrol leader eligibility? in New to the Forum? Posted 9 hours ago The only real requirement to be a SPL is: you are a registered Scout in good standing, and the boys elect you. Bam. If the boys pick a kid, that's their choice. He may be 11, he may be a Tenderfoot, he may have awful attendance - makes no difference. The boys pick who they pick, and soon enough they will learn what makes a good leader or not. And they can always oust a leader and choose a new one whenever they feel a change is needed! The most important thing is to trust the boys and not interfere. Let them handle it on their own; after all, it's their troop!