How To Use the Patrol Method

Posted by on August 30, 2011

How to use the Boy Scout Patrol MethodUse the Patrol Method – Don’t run the meetings yourself – let the boys grow through leadership experience.

So what is the patrol method? “Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members”.
- Scouting.org

Here are the two best resources to learn the Patrol Method:

  • Here’s a video produced by the BSA. It’s called “Scoutmaster and Asst Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training”.
  • Here’s a wonderful movie called Follow Me Boys (1966). Click this link to purchase from Amazon.

“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmaster’s most important job.”

“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.”

“Never do anything a boy can do.”

—Robert S. S. Baden-Powell

“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 S. S. Baden-Powell

Train Your Youth – Purchase the Troop Leadership Training booklet.

The Troop Leadership Training booklet will teach you how to teach and train your patrol leadership. Once your youth leaders are trained then allowing them to run the show will be so much easier for them and for you. The booklet even comes with job descriptions for each boy so know what is expected of them. Here is a brief description of the program:
“It is organized into three one-hour modules, which can be taught individually or all in one session. The content of the first session focuses on what a new leader must know; the second session on what a leader must be, and the third session on what a leader must do. Completing all three modules qualifies the Scout to wear the “Trained” patch under his badge of office. The new syllabus contains leadership position cards that define each position in the troop. Completion of TLT prepares the youth to attend National Youth Leadership Training.”

Here is a great webpage for making troop training memorable.

You can purchase the training booklet here.

Let’s hear your input – How do you teach your boys to do the Patrol Method?

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