The Scoutmaster Handbook states, “Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy
Scout troop.” It quotes Robert Baden-Powell: “The patrol method is not a way to operate
a Boy Scout troop, it is the only way. Unless the patrol method is in operation you
don't really have a Boy Scout troop.” The patrol is the team that you train your patrol
leader to build. This may be that Patrol Leader's first leadership experience, so he will
need plenty of training and coaching. Patrol spirit, respect, and cooperation will help
build that team.
The troop is made up of patrols
A patrol is a small group of boy scouts, who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol's success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.
Each patrol has an elected Patrol Leader and appointed Assistant Patrol Leader. The Patrol Leaders are members of the Patrol Leadership Council (PLC) and represent their patrol at the PLC. The Assistant patrol Leader substitutes for the Patrol Leader, in the absence of the Patrol Leader, at the PLC.
Patrol Leaders Council (PLC)
The Patrol Leaders Council is composed of the core leadership members of the troop: Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Instructors, Patrol Leaders, Scribe, Webmaster, Quartermaster, and Troop Guide. The PLC functions to lead the troop decision making process by approving the troop calendar of events and activities that the patrols have submitted to the PLC for action.
The Senior Patrol Leader is the chair of the PLC and leads the meeting. He leads the troop with the assistance of the PLC. This is a boy led and boy run Troop Patrol Method organizational plan.
Together, they lead and run all aspects of the troop. Adult Leaders are for guidance, support and safety only. The Boy Scouts make the decisions and work their plans.
See the Leadership menu tab for descriptions of each of the Troop Leadership position responsibilities.