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This page was last updated on: November 11, 2009
"The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way.  Unless the patrol method is in operation you don't really have a Boy Scout troop.
-Robert Baden-Powell

Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout Troop.  A patrol is a small group of boys similar in age, ability and intrests.  Working as a team, patrol members share the responsibility of making the patrol a success.

First, hold an election.  Let the scouts choose and vote on a scout to be their patrol leader.  Some of a patrol leaders responsibilities are:

Take a leading role in conducting and planning patrol meetings.

Encourage patrol members to complete advancement requirements.

Represent the patrol as a member of the patrol leaders council.

Set a good example by living up to the Scout Oath and Law.

( The Junior Leader Handbook contains an overview of the patrol leaders oppritunities and responsibilities.)


Under the direction of the patrol leader, other members of the patrol are assigned a position of responsibility.  They include, but are not limited to:

Assistant patrol leader   Patrol librarian

Patrol scribePatrol historian

Patrol quartermasterPatrol chaplian aide

Patrol grubmaster    Patrol cheermaster

Each position has a corresponding " Badge of Office" to be worn on the left sleeve of the Scout uniform.  ( except for grubmaster and cheermaster)

Present these patches to the scouts and encourage them to wear them on their uniforms.

Hold elections every six months to allow everyone to serve as patrol leader.


PATROL METHOD