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some of the scouts asked me what the oddest patrol name I had encountered was.  I thought for a minute and said it was a tie between " The Flying Purple Feathered Bananas" and the " Vermicious Knids"  

 

So what's the weirdest / most creative patrol name you have run into?

 

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Best so far: the Hey Chris patrol. They never came up with a patch or yell, but that wasn't the point.

 

At the time, it was both SPL and ASPL's first name. Thus regardless of who was presiding at roll call, the PL could sound off, "Hey Chris, All present or accounted for."

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One I thought was quite clever back in the 80's was the "generic patrol". This was before grocery stores had their store brands, there were white boxes with black lettering that said, "macaroni" or whatever. The patrol used a blank white patch.

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Patrol had hard time agreeing on a name.  They would declare a name, then change it.  After this happened several times, the new name would be announced + "at the moment."  After a year of this, they settled on the ATM Patrol [at the moment] for the next four years.

 

Flaming Ice Cubes.

 

Meat Ball  (patrol flag =  brown kick ball on a staff)  Patrol Leader known as "Pasta Leader"

 

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The Chairs.  During a patrol meeting, an ASM entered and chastised a scout or scouts for rocking back in a standard chair.   Explained the legs will break, the scout could fall over and hurt themselves, etc.  The patrol took it as a personal affront and renamed their patrol The Chairs as a snub back at the ASM.  The patrol and the ASM knew the story but no one else in the troop knew or cared the about the backstory.  My son was in the patrol so I learned the backstory.  

 

Troop had a loose tradition of renaming patrols about once a year so no great questions about a name change. 

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Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. I think it's a fish. The flag was rectangular but had an extension so the name could fit. In order to be in the patrol you had to be able to pronounce the name.

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"The Nuclear Potatoes"

 

"Seven Ships on the Gravy Train"

 

and one called simply "Those Guys."

 

The patches somehow failed to convey the full essence of the names they were intended to portray, lol. 

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Pedro Patrol got too big and split-so we had Pedro 'A' and Pedro 'B'. Adult men had 'Coffee Patrol' so ladies started up 'Latte Patrol' (same patch but coffee was whiter). 

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Fleagles. Originally the Flying Eagles, but one of them shortened it to Fleagles, and it stuck.

 

Wasn't Fleagle in The Banana Splits?

 

Oooh, my memory, I'm sure we had silly patrol names on summer camp, but I can't remember a single one. I mean, apart from when we had flags for the best patrol and worst patrol, the best had a crown on, and the worst a pair of Y fronts. I think one patrol got it several days in a row and just renamed themselves the pants patrol. Losing something in translation but I couldn't ruin the alliteration.

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Fleagles. Originally the Flying Eagles, but one of them shortened it to Fleagles, and it stuck.

Oh yes!  Like the Flamming Panthers, HAWL, or Eagox patrols.  (A prize to the interpreter?)

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One I thought was quite clever back in the 80's was the "generic patrol". This was before grocery stores had their store brands, there were white boxes with black lettering that said, "macaroni" or whatever. The patrol used a blank white patch.

 

If that was my patrol (~1985-1987) SCCC, we had a UPC barcode drawn with a sharpie on the blank batch.  Flag was also plain white with a UPC barcode drawn on.

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Scout leader basic training, '85:  Ferocious Ferrets.   Not the weirdest name in history, but the patrol yell was a high-pitched ree-ree sound that went on for at least ten seconds.  Not in sync by any means, but definitely frantic, loud and rabid.    Lots of laughter and strange glances from bystanders. 

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