Leadership Training




Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Conduct of Courses
Leadership Training
Long Weekend
Two Weekend Course
Mid-Week Course
Syllabus: Session Notes

Scout Books

Site Contents

The method adopted on this Course will be to have, frequent changes of "status" within the Patrol, so that the boys are faced with the necessity of adjusting themselves quickly to varying degrees of responsibility. By this device a boy who has at one moment been in a position of authority, enthusiastically directing the skill and energy of his fellows in some small activity, will a moment later be called upon to devote the same enthusiasm to the task of backing up his new leader, or vice versa. 

This device, as well as its purpose, should be revealed to the boys about one third of the way through the Course, by which time most of them will presumably have had at least one short spell as Patrol Leader. One might hope that when the trick is explained to them the individual Scout will instinctively turn a critical eye upon his own performance, both as leader and follower, and perhaps learn a valuable lesson from it!

To keep the spirit of the Course lively and in the right key, these changes of leadership can be effected in a variety of ways, as for instance, by announcing without warning that the Patrol Leader for the next activity is :

bulletThe Scout with the best sun burn, 
bulletThe Scout who possesses the cleanest handkerchief, 
bulletThe youngest in the Patrol,
bulletThe chap who can stand on one leg longest with both eyes closed,
bulletThe first to run round the flagstaff and back again, and so on.

No matter how lightly the appointment is made, however, the Scouter in charge of the activity should make it clear by his attitude that he expects leadership from the new leader and co-operation from the rest of the Patrol.

Care should be taken that every boy gets some chance of leading. The practice of a "permanent" Patrol Leader, however attractive superficially on the score of size or of education or of age or of personality must be resisted. It is invaluable for natural leaders to be led from time to time, equally it is not always obvious whether a boy can exercise leadership until he has the opportunity to show his paces. 

Great surprises, usually, but not inevitably pleasant ones, frequently are experienced when the new Patrol Leaders take over. Equally "cooking" the changes so that the best boy (if he can be identified, which is doubtful) gets the hardest task will certainly be spotted by the boys themselves and is unnecessarily daunting to them.

Patrol Leader Training






Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Conduct of Courses ] [ Leadership Training ] Quartermaster/Catering ] Long Weekend ] Two Weekend Course ] Mid-Week Course ] Syllabus: Session Notes ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Object of Camping ] Patrol Camping ] Patrol Hikes ] Gilcraft Patrol System ] The Patrol System ] Court of Honor (PLC) ] Gilwell PL Training ] Philipps' Patrol System ] Golden Arrow PL Training ] Patrol Leader's Creed ] PL's Promise Ceremony ] Patrol Competition Awards ] Informal Scout Signals ] Ten Essentials ] Story Telling ] JLT Skits: Leadership ] Master & Commander ] Patrol Activities ] Patrol Motivation ] Troop Meeting Hints ] Troop Meetings ] Patrol Leader Training ] Essays ] Patrol Flags ] Training Patrol Leaders ] Troop Brainstorming ] Menus ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!



Amazon Logo



Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  


Last modified: October 15, 2016.