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Patrol Activities in a Boy Scout Troop

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.

2 Responses to Patrol Activities in a Boy Scout Troop

  1. Clarke A Green October 25, 2010 at 7:53 AM #

    One way to make this happen is to replace a Troop activity for a patrol activity.
    We opted to have at least one patrol night a month on those nights we normally had Troop meetings. We have also designed outings to emphasize the patrol. Sometimes this means that the patrols simply camp in their own area, sometimes it means that we go where they can plan their own activity independently.

    Trying to add patrol activities to our Scout’s already overbooked schedules was not going to work. Exchanging Troop time for patrol time works great.

  2. Kirsten Miles October 25, 2010 at 8:51 AM #

    Getting that started can be a challenge, but once it is begun the bonding that can occur is powerful, and really helps when it is time to work on Eagle projects. Suggesting something as innocuous as a pizza party and/or movie night(at someone’s house or going out) can be cheap and a very easy first meeting/activity. Although it isn’t entirely productive, sometimes that is what it takes to really get in the spirit of doing things on a patrol level.

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