Today, I am continuing my review of A Scout Leader’s Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. You can see part 1 of this review at
I am actually writing this post ahead of time, since I plan to be camping when it is published. Hopefully I will have some time for reading on my vacation so I can post a review of sections 4 and 5 next week.
Section 2: The “Why of Scout Leadership Training”
This section is basically a history of Baden-Powell and his experiment at Brownsea Island. I was familiar with the story of the origins of Scouting, but not in this detail. So I really enjoyed reading this section and learning more. Understanding the history of Scouting helps you realize why the patrol method is a pillar of the program.
Section 3: The Patrol Method: A Scoutmaster’s Perspective
This section goes into detail about why the power and control which Scouts receive through the patrol method are important. It also gives some insight into why modern youth are not used to this type of responsiblity. I was very happy to find that it also gave some tips on communicating to parents the importance of the patrol method and the expectations of the Scouts BSA program. Finally, it includes a very nice Patrol Leader’s Pledge and a list of Patrol Members Rights and Responsibilites. Very helpful!
If you are interested in this book but you don’t have a copy yet, it is available on Amazon. I’d love to hear other Scouters’ thoughts on this book and how the patrol method is going in their troops. So leave a comment below.