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I hate being thrown back into the Cold War and catching up on reports like Dad scoured the paper every evening. However, I found this young veteran to be refreshing and educational. Here he devotes the first half of his blog explaining the patrol method US NCO corps. File: why we do what we do.
Patrol Method/System Resources
LeCastor posted a topic in The Patrol MethodI thought it might be a good idea to post some resources on here that might help us inform our fellow Scouters how best to let the Patrol Method/System run rather than trying to run the Patrol Method/System. This one is from our Canadian friends at The Dump. Patrol System.pdf
Can the Patrol Method Be Revived?
dkurtenbach posted a topic in The Patrol MethodI've written the following or something similar a few times here: The Patrol Method is about teamwork and citizenship. Teamwork in that all patrol members share responsibility and divide up tasks so that each member contributes. Citizenship in that the patrol is a miniature community in which the members need to learn how work with each other peacefully and productively to carry out the patrol's shared goals and responsibilities. The Patrol Method and the notion of patrol spirit are largely extinct. BSA is totally oriented to the troop as the basic operational unit of ScoutsBSA
Patrol Method - Best Practices
HelpfulTracks posted a topic in The Patrol MethodSeeing how as the Patrol is the fundamental unit of Scouting, that the Patrol Method is the only method and that today in Scouting we do not see patrol method being used enough or very well, I thought I would start a thread on Best Practices. Not just how to define what patrol method is, but what adult leaders can do, and maybe more importantly what they should NOT do in order to create an environment where a true boy-led patrol method environment takes hold. I'll start with a few: A gang of boys, friends, with common goals and interest, that work together to have fun and accomp
"You Guys Were Awesome!"
Hedgehog posted a topic in Summer CampI got back from a week at camp with our troop last week and it was, in a word, transformative. So, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of your favorite beverage and settle in for a long read. TROOP PROLOGUE Before my son and I joined, the Troop talked the talk on boy-led but it wasnâ€™t very much boy-led in the outdoors. The outdoor program consisted of one nearby campout, two backpacking trips and one cabin camping trip. The adults designed and implemented the program with the boys leading by performing the tasks that they were assigned. I came in at the same time as the new scoutmast
A Coed thought Experiment
qwazse posted a topic in The Patrol MethodThis is an extrapolation on my understand of how my Czech friends say scouting panned out in their district. Suppose the GS/USA never promotes a vision of hiking and camping independently with your mates, COs started insisting on such a program for girls and boys, and a few soft hearted scouters pull it together -- possibly within the BSA but maybe under another umbrella with similar street cred (so much so, that congress gives it a charter after decades of not bothering with such niceties). You had only access to three units in your area: - an all-male troop with a reputation for "hi