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In Boy Scouts, we are organized into patrols for nearly everything.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about Patrols:

  • What IS a patrol?
    • A patrol is a small group of boys organized for a specific purpose.  That purpose can be to work together as a unit inside the bigger unit of the Troop, or it can be as a team building a shelter during a storm, or taking care of a task that needs doing in the clubhouse, or just about anything else.
    • As we practice working together in small groups, we learn how to cooperate and support one another.  It is in patrols, more than in any other area, that Scouting leadership and character are developed.  In patrols, you learn to get along with one another, and to focus on the mission, with everyone pulling his weight.
    • Baden Powell, who founded Boy Scouting, said "the Patrol Method is not one way of boy scouting; it is the ONLY way."
  • Can a patrol change its name?   Yes, but there are three requirements.
    • The current active patrol members must unanimously agree to the new name
    • The new name has to be approved by your Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster.  It has to be in good (or at least not horrible) taste, and cannot take the name of any current patrol.
    • You have to buy the new patches yourselves  (Patrol patches are typically about $3 each.)
  • What kinds of patches are allowed? 
    • There are thousands of patches commercially available.  We have an entire gallery of patrol patch images here.
    • You can also design your own patch, limited only by your own creativity and artistic ability.  (Of course, custom-made patches are more expensive, but since you are paying for them, that is entirely up to you.)
    • ANY patch, whether commercial or hand-designed, must be approved by the SPL and Scoutmaster, so check it out before you spend money.
  • Can I change patrols?  
    • Frequently the answer is yes, but talk to your Scoutmaster.  It depends on why you want to change, and the number of boys in each patrol must be taken into consideration.  Sometimes boys want to change because they have realized the boys of their own age are in a different patrol, or they want to be with their friends.  Other times, boys have conflict with one another and want to split to different patrols because of the conflict.
    • Patrols are small groups who organize to solve problems and accomplish things.  This is generally a fun and exciting challenge, but sometimes conflicts make it difficult to work together.  In these cases, we want to help you work through the difficulties rather than separate to a different patrol.  What you gain by learning to work together even when there is tension is one of the most valuable lessons in life.
    • In cases in which the leadership feels that different patrols is the best solution for the boys and the patrols, you may be reassigned to a different patrol.
    • Please note that if you are reassigned, you may not be able to choose to which patrol you are reassigned.  We need to keep the patrol numbers relatively balanced.
  • How big/small can a patrol be?
    • There are no set limits by the BSA, so it really depends on you.  If two patrols are both struggling in size and similar in age, they may be combined into one larger patrol.
    • If you are able consistently to bring along a working cadre of three or more from your patrol for weekend campouts, we won't try to combine you with another patrol.
    • As long as a patrol stays active and happy and boy-led, we'll let it be.
  • Current Patrols:
    • Leadership Corps
    • Pedros + Duct Tape (new name in the works?)
    • No Names
    • Opossums
    • Organized Chaos
    • Old Goats (the adult patrol)