What's the value of Wood Badge??? in Wood Badge and adult leader training Posted April 16, 2019 2 minutes ago, Eagledad said: I have always felt patrols are only used in the course to divide participants into smaller groups I wholeheartedly agree. The course, and many other trainings for that matter, out of necessity models the worst habits of an Adult Lead troop and sights the "Patrol Method" as its source. A different term should be used so as not to confuse new leaders who may not have seen the "Patrol Method" in action. If you are going to use the "Patrol Method" then use it, this would necessitate: Boy(participant) Lead: This would necessitate Guides being fluent in the Socratic Method and would be messy and inefficient, just as troops are Patrols would need to be self formed, not assigned in a manner that is more efficient for administration. The Patrol would need to be the fundamental, not ancillary, way information/learning is conveyed. i.e. The lectures would not count. That said, I understand why participants are grouped and assigned to administrative units for the convenience of instructors... But to call those units Patrols and invoke the "Patrol Method" is a poor chose of words.