Service Patrol

Troop 505 Official Service Patrol Duty Roster

A good Troop Duty Roster assigns equal work for everyone in the Troop. Done properly it will help maintain order, everyone will know their assigned duties and no Scout will have to worry that they are doing more than their share. Everyone will be assured the opportunity to be an active member of their Patrol.

The Troop 505 Duty Roster must be completed by the assigned Patrol 1 week prior to departure and approved by the SPL at least 72 hours prior to departure.

The Troop 505 Duty Roster is completed in two parts. The Duty Roster for the trip service items are completed by the Service Patrol assigned by the SPL: TROOP 505 SERVICE PATROL DUTY ROSTER. The Duty Roster for the trip programming is completed by the Program Patrol assigned by the SPL.

Service Patrol Duty Roster Responsibilities

Color Guard: Present and retire US and Troop Flags at dawn and prior to dusk. Scouts should start out of Troop sight, ready holding the flags. The US Flag is on the right, then State flag, then Troop flag on the far left. Color Guard Leader should follow the following script.

“Color Guard, Attention!”

“Audience, Please Rise!”

“Scout Salute! Those not in uniform, please place your right hand over your heart.”

“Color Guard, Forward March!”

(wait for color guard to reach the front)

“Color Guard, Halt!”

“Color Guard, Cross the Colors!”

(US Flag crosses in front of others to left-most flag stand, then state, then troop flags. wait for flag bearers to move to the flag pole stands)

“Color Guard, Post the Flag of Troop 505! ”

“Color Guard, Post the Flag of the Great State of North Carolina! ”

(US Flag remains held by bearer)

“Please recite the Pledge of Allegiance!”


(Everyone drops salute)

“Scout Sign!”

(Everyone raises right hand making the Scout sign or Cub Scout sign)

“Please join us in reciting the [Scout Law, Scout Oath]!”

(this is where the ceremony can be customized by the color guard. Choose what to recite. Could sing a song such as ‘America the Beautiful’..)


(Everyone drops Scout sign)

“Color Guard, Post the Flag of the United States of America! ”

“Color Guard, Honor your Colors!”

(Flag bearers salute the US flag)

“Color Guard, return to ranks!”

(wait for flag bearers return to formation)

“Troop at Ease, Please be seated!”

Waterman: Get sufficient water for next meal including drinking, cooking and cleanup water. Should be available during the meal in case cooks need more water. If necessary water should be filtered or treated in time to be used for the meal.

First Aid Responder: Should be extremely knowledgable in first aid; Check Troop First Aid Kit supplies; know location of First Aid kit at all times; Present First Aid kit to Troop and specify location of kit at beginning of each day to Troop; be prepared to respond in any emergency situation.

Sanitation: Wash the dishes; wipe down the stove, tables, and food preparation area; put away the clean dishes; dump dirty dish water (if needed) in sump; hang dish cloths so they can dry and secure the dinning area. No dirty dishes are to be left and all food is to be put away. Check condition of dining fly and kitchen sump. Get Down and/or Hang Bear Bags.

Bugler: The Bugler plays the bugle at troop ceremonies. Must be able to perform the required Bugle Calls

Fire Marshal: If the meal is to be cooked over an open fire, the scout may have to breakaway from an activity early in order to establish a good fire for the cooks. If stoves are being used, set up and fuel stoves. Check condition of ax yard, fire pit, lantern mantels, and latrine (Patrol and Troop).

Leave No Trace: Pick up trash in camp; straighten up personal gear; check condition of tent. Make sure the area is secured for expected weather conditions. Make sure Troop is strictly following the Leave No Trace Principals.


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