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The Patrol Members

The Patrol Leader

“The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.”

- Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder

Each patrol has a patrol leader, elected by the Scouts / Guides in her patrol, to serve for a time determined by the troop and the leaders. They vote for her, just as any responsible citizen votes for candidates for public office.

Before voting, read over the duties of the patrol leader, then ask yourself, “Will she do a good job? Is she the kind of Scouts / Guides who is fair or will she be bossy? Will she speak for everyone in our patrol at the Court of Honor? Does she have ideas that are fun and exciting?

These are important questions, for the patrol leader is in charge of seeing that things go well and smoothly. Here are some suggestions for the patrol leader’s duties.

You may say to yourself, “What a lot for one Scouts / Guides to do!” Remember, though, that the patrol leader should have the cooperation of all the Scouts / Guides in her patrol. She can always call on the troop leader for advice, too, so she has help whenever she needs or wants it. Also, remember that a Cadette or Senior patrol leader may be ready to assume more responsibility than a patrol leader in a Junior troop.

The Assistant Patrol Leader

Another Scouts / Guides elected by the patrol members is the assistant patrol leader. She serves for the same time as the patrol leader and her job is to help the patrol leader in every way she can. The assistant patrol leader does these things and others that she may be asked to do:

Every patrol needs a patrol leader and an assistant patrol leader, but a patrol that really gets things done sees that every member has a definite permanent job. This allows it to whirl into action, not confusion, to get the necessary things done quickly and save time for the real heart of a troop or patrol activity – to turn spur-of-the-moment ideas into fun-packed afternoons. Here is one plan for dividing the work of the patrol:

Patrol Treasurer

The Patrol Treasurer or Finance Manager is in charge of patrol financial matters.


Patrol Secretary

The Patrol Secretary or Recorder is in charge of patrol records.


Transportation Manager

The Transportation Manager is in charge of transportation for patrol events.


Commissary Manager

The Commissary Manager is in charge of patrol food.


Equipment Manager

The Equipment Manager is in charge of patrol equipment.


Health And Safety Manager

Make sure a first aid kit is available at all times.

No matter which plan you use, yours, or the one suggested, make sure you can answer “Yes” to the following questions.

  1. Does each Scouts / Guides in the patrol have a specific job?
  2. Does she have a brief description of what she is to do?
  3. Will she really have an opportunity to do her hob because it is based on actual plans for the troop and the patrol?
  4. Are copies of each description with the name of the Scouts / Guides who has the hob kept in one place so everyone can see who is responsible for what/
  5. Is there a plan to evaluate the division after two or three months? Check to see if jobs need to be rearranged; if each Scouts / Guides has the job best suited to her talent; is it working for both the troop and patrol activities? Some troops elect new officers two or three times a year.

20-Apr-2018 12:29:14