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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
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Each Patrol should have its own separate tent at some distance (at least 100 yards) from the others. This latter is with a view to developing the responsibility of the Patrol Leader for his distinct unit.

--Baden-Powell, "The Object of Camping"

 

In Scout camps the tents are not pitched in lines and streets as in military camps, but are dotted about in Patrol units, fifty or a hundred yards apart or more, in a big circle round the Scoutmaster's tent, which, with the flag and camp fire, is generally in the centre.

--Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys, Yarn 9

 

In Scouts' camps the tents are not pitched in lines and streets as in military camps, but are dotted about, 50 or 100 yards or more, in a big circle round the Scoutmaster's tent. This keeps each Patrol separate as a unit.

--Roland Philipps' paraphrase of B-P, 
The Patrol System
, Patrol in Camp.

 

It is necessary to point out at the start that the Patrol System is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried out, but that it is the only method.

-Roland Philipps, The Patrol System, Chapter 1

 

The Patrol Method is not ONE method in which Scouting can be carried on. It is the ONLY method!

-Green Bar Bill's paraphrase of Philipps 
(often incorrectly attributed to B-P)

 

One of our methods in the Scout movement for taming a hooligan is to appoint him head of a Patrol. He has all the necessary initiative, the spirit and the magnetism for leadership, and when responsibility is thus put upon him it gives him the outlet he needs for his exuberance of activity, but gives it in a right direction.

--Baden-Powell, from the article "Are Our Boys Degenerating?" circa 1918.

 

What It Adds Up to: 

1. Be a Leader;  
2. Be a Friend;  
3. Be Ahead.

--William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt's "leadership theory,"  Handbook for Patrol Leaders

 

The real Patrol Leader will...find that the requirements are not something separate from Scouting.  On the contrary, Scouting is the Requirements.  When you go hiking and camping the subjects contained in the requirements come up all the time.  With plenty of Scouting work before them your boys simply cannot help advancing. 

-- William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, Handbook for Patrol Leaders
"Patrol Instruction."

 

 

Traditional Patrol Leader Training:

Patrol Leader Training supplements "Leadership Training" by concentrating on "How to lead a Patrol into the backwoods," rather than "How to be a leader:"

bulletGreen Bar Patrol Leader Training (Troop Level)
bulletGolden Arrow Patrol Leader Training (Troop Level)
bullet Old Gilwell Patrol Leader Training Course (District Level)

 

Philipps.jpg (549307 bytes)Roland Philipps' Patrol System

The authority on the Patrol System
recommended by Baden-Powell
in Scouting for Boys

 

 

Troop Meetings

How to run Troop Meetings that support the Patrol Method

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About Troop Meetings

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The Ingredients of the Troop Meeting

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Before Opening

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Opening Exercises

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Troop Formations

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Scoutcraft Presentation

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Patrol Corners

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Scoutcraft Games and Projects

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Recreational Games 

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Council Fire Period

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Closing Exercise

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After the Meeting

 

The Patrol Method for Lightweights

All those "sage quotes" of Baden-Powell and Green Bar Bill refer to a Patrol Method based on physical distance (50-100 yards between Patrols, and significant monthly Patrol Hikes).   Modern lightweight technology helps meet those high standards of yesteryear. 

 

C_Hillcort33.gif (161457 bytes)Short Essays by William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt

The Patrol Method was brought to America by the great Danish Scouter William Hillcourt. 

 

 

Patrol Activities

 

Patrol Camping

"...each Patrol should have its own separate tent at some distance (at least 100 yards) from the others."

 

Patrol Leader's Swearing-In Ceremony

In some forms of Traditional Scouting, a new Patrol Leader serves for a probation period of four to six weeks following his election or appointment.    Before his trial period begins, the Patrol Leader recites the "Patrol Leader's Creed," which lists all of his responsibilities.  If he lives up to this creed, he is formally sworn in at the Patrol Leader's Promise Ceremony at the end of his trial period.

bulletPatrol Leader's Creed
bulletPatrol Leader's Promise Ceremony

 

Patrol Competitions

Sample Point System for Encouraging Progress Toward Earning the "National Honor Patrol Award" (Formally the "Baden-Powell Patrol Award"), and Other Traditional Patrol Activities.

 

Silent Scout Hand Signals

Simple Troop Formations and the Silent Signs with which to signal them.

 

Patrol Flags & Calls

 

Troop Meeting Ceremonies

bulletOpening Ceremonies 
bulletScout Law Ceremonies 
bulletFlag Ceremonies 
bulletTroop Flag Ceremonies 
bulletA Brief Patriotic Opening 
bulletThe Scoutmaster's Minute 
bulletAnnouncements before Closing Ceremony
bulletSeveral Closing Ceremonies 
bulletA Patriotic Closing Ceremony
bulletA Singing Ceremony 
bulletA Snappy Closing 

JLT Leadership Training Skits

The "Patrol Method" in the Early BSA.

 

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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 ]

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