Patrol Method

"The patrol method isn’t one way to run a troop. It’s the only way."   Lord Baden-Powell

What is the patrol method?

The patrol is a small team of eight or so Scouts. It’s the place where girls learn skills together, take on leadership responsibilities (perhaps for the first time) and develop friendships that will last over a lifetime.

Patrol meetings

Some troops hold patrol meetings during their regular troop meetings. Others encourage patrols to meet on their own time, perhaps on a Sunday afternoon at the patrol leader’s home.

Here are some ideas patrols do during patrol meetings:

Can patrols do activities outside of the troop, other than meet?


Patrols may have their own day activities, such as a service project, or working on advancement, or merit badges, or things like that.  If they go overnight, they need to have adult supervision, but they can do lots of things on their own.  Service projects are a great thing for patrols to do.

What’s patrol spirit?

Patrol spirit is the glue that holds the patrol together and keeps it going. Building patrol spirit takes time, because it is shaped by a patrol’s experiences—good and bad. Often misadventures such as enduring a thunderstorm or getting lost in the woods will contribute much to pulling a patrol together. Creating a patrol identity and traditions will help build each patrol member’s sense of belonging.

Patrol Spirit is built through...

What does the patrol leader do?

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:

Ten Tips for Being a Good Patrol Leader

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