We have been working with our patrol leaders to strengthen the patrol method in our troop. A couple of years ago, the patrol method was pretty much nonexistent in the unit. They’ve made progress, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
One thing we’d like them to consider is patrol activities. We have a pretty active troop program, but the patrols never do anything on their own. They could hike or get together to work on a requirement or even go on a campout.
Like many things in a boy led troop, we’re not sure where this will go. But the hope is that by doing things outside of the larger troop, the patrols will develop more independence from each other. This will help them work better as a team and develop patrol spirit.