The patrol is a group of Scouts who belong to a troop and who have similar interests. The patrol method allows Scouts to interact in a small group outside the larger Troop context, working together as a team and sharing the responsibility of making their patrol a success. A Patrol takes pride in its identity, and the members strive to make their Patrol the best it can be. Patrols will sometimes join with other Patrols to learn skills and complete advancement requirements. At other times they will compete against those same Patrols in Scout skills and athletic competitions.
The members of each Patrol elect one of their own to serve as Patrol Leader. To give more Scouts the opportunity to lead, twice a year, the current Troop 505 Assistant Patrol Leader(s) move into the Patrol Leader position and the Patrol elects a new Assistant Patrol Leader.
Patrol size depends on Troop 505 enrollment and the needs of its members, though an ideal Patrol size is eight Scouts. Patrols with fewer than eight Scouts should try to recruit new members to get their Patrol size up to the ideal number.
Patrol meetings may be held at any time and place. Troop 505 will set aside a portion of each Troop meeting for its Patrols to gather. Troop 505 also encourages Patrols to meet on a different evening at the home of a Patrol member. The frequency of Patrol meetings is determined by upcoming events and activities that require planning and discussion.
Patrol meetings should be well-planned and businesslike. Typically, the Patrol Leader calls the meeting to order, the scribe collects dues, and the Assistant Patrol Leader reports on advancement. The Patrol Leader should report any information from the latest Patrol Leaders’ Council meeting. The bulk of the meeting should be devoted to planning upcoming activities, with specific assignments made to each Patrol member.
Your Duties as Patrol Leader
When you accepted the position of Patrol Leader, you agreed to provide service and leadership to your Patrol and Troop. No doubt you will take this responsibility seriously, but you will also find it fun and rewarding. As a Patrol Leader, you are expected to do the following:
1. Plan and lead Patrol meetings and activities.
2. Keep Patrol members informed.
3. Assign each Patrol member a specific duty.
4. Represent your Patrol at all Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
5. Prepare the Patrol to participate in all Troop activities.
6. Work with other Troop leaders to make the Troop run well.
7. Know the abilities of each Patrol member.
8. Set a good example and develop Patrol spirit.
9. Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
10. Live by the Scout Oath and Law.