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The Patrol Method

Lessons and questions of Scout leadership and operating troop program

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    • The last few years that I attended camp, they would bring trainers in to conduct basic training for adults who had not yet completed it...back in the stone age before everything went online.  During the week I was in camp with my troop, we would teach YP, Safe Swim Defense, Safety Afloat, and volunteered to open the pool at 0500 for "Polar Bear Swim" and mile swim workups.  The rest of our "free time" in camp, we would utilize skills for the Ranger's projects...such as re-roofing the dining hall in 95 degree heat, replacing toilets in staff cabins, running the bush hog to cut the fields, rebuilding the OA amphitheater...things like that.  Never got a badge for it....just a cheer at the closing campfire.
    • No.  Our unit leaders have all reached a degree of maturity, and have achieved many adult accomplishments in their lives, so they aren't motivated by beads, pins, patches, and other childish stuff.   
    • Ours offered a special patch for scoutmasters who can certify that during summer camp week they accomplished certain goals including not losing their temper during the week.
    • Nothing wrong with being extra careful. My son is similar, no shame in that. Trash idea is a good one. Other ideas, contact the local park ranger to see if they have a trail that needs some clearing.  He and his family can go as a family and work together on clearing a trail of trash, weeds, and invasive species removal.  And invasive species removal counts as conservation hours too.
    • Mom2Scout,     I just got contacted that the troop I support will start meeting next Monday outside. Only the two troops (boys and girls) will meet. No Pack. I work on the maintenance committee for a secondary reservation in our council ( we have a recreational lake, and our primary reservation does not). We were told to have everything prepared for campers by August 1, 2020. Which merit badge, and does it require a certain type of service? Trash pickup comes to mind, A local trail, a park, a school, or church. It can be done alone or with appropriate distancing and masks. Just a thought, sst3rd
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