Patrol Method

What is the Patrol Method?

Baden-Powell famously said: “The patrol method is not a way to operate a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way. Unless the patrol method is in operation you don’t really have a Boy Scout troop.” In Scouting, a troop is composed of patrols. The patrol, a group of eight or so Scouts, is more than an organizational convenience. It is the place where boys learn skills, take on leadership responsibilities, and develop friendships that will often last throughout their lifetimes.

Where can I get more information on how to use the Patrol Method?

You can learn more here:

What are a few Best Practices of the Patrol Method?

  • Assign an Assistant Scoutmaster to each patrol to coach the Patrol Leader.
  • Assign older scouts (Troop Guides) to junior patrols to aid them.
  • Patrols should remain the same for at least a year before members are re-shuffled. Let each patrol learn to operate as a team.
  • Encourage patrol activities where the patrol works as a team, especially at Troop meetings and on campouts.

Can I apply this to Cub Scouts?

Absolutely. When your Cub Scouts continue on to Boy Scouts they will be in patrols, so it’s never a bad idea to get them used to the concept of working together as a team within their Den.