"The Patrol Method is not ONE method in which Scouting can be carried on. It is the ONLY method!" -Roland Phillips, circa 1910
The Patrol Method
Scouts and Scouters say that our troop uses the Patrol Method. What does that mean?
This is what Green Bar Bill Hillcourt wrote:
Take any thirty boys, turn them loose in a closed street, a playground, or in the sports field - and you know what happens.
Shortly something will be underway. A clatter of many eager voices raised in discussion-and out of the large group will evolve a number of smaller groups in gangs, ready for game or mischief.
Such are boys. The impulse of forming gangs is natural to them. They cannot help themselves...
The gang is, in short, a little social organism, with a life of its own, reaching beyond the sum of the lives of its several members.
In Scouting we allow the Scout's natural tendency to work. The Scouts are formed into patrols of their own choosing. The Scouts learn to function as team. The Patrol is the fundamental unit of Scouting. Scouts learn to work together as they are naturally inclined to do.
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