To paraphrase Tampa:
A Troop Trailer is a mathematical necessity determined by multiplying the number of Patrols by the cubic feet per Patrol Box
Lose the Patrol Boxes and you lose Cub Scouting's grip on the Boy Scout Program.
"the next purchase after that was a carport/canopy ("why the whole troop can fit under it!") and a large 3-burner propane stove ("why we can cook for the whole troop on that thing!"). Last thing I heard the same guy ask about was a large dutch oven (again, "we can feed the whole troop out of that thing!"). See the way this was going? It was not exactly reinforcing patrol method."
The Troop Trailer is the perfect icon for Leadership Development's contribution to Scouting: the "Troop Method."
Despite lip-service to the contrary, the primary unit of the "modern" Patrol Method is the whole Troop.
Why was the Patrol Leader and any description of a working Patrol removed from the "Patrol Method" presentation of Scoutmaster Specific Training, and replaced with the "EDGE Method"?
Because Patrol Leaders and Patrols are "explained" in the Troop Organization and Troop PLC presentations, of course!
If not Scoutmaster-Specific Training, then where are Den Leaders supposed to learn that "separate Patrol activities" means any "leadership" task more challenging for a Patrol Leader than to cook and clean in the Patrol's "separate" corner of a Troop's central carport canopy?
Yours at 300 feet,