3Q: What is the Patrol Method and Patrol Spirit? What was the question?Q: What is the Patrol Method and Patrol Spirit?A: The boy-run, adult-guided troop
4Dave Byrne Troop 1333 New Scout ASM Dave.Byrne@anadarko.com Your presenterDave ByrneTroop 1333 New Scout ASM
5Patrol Method troop Troop Method troop Webelos III troop Three types of troopsPatrol Method troopTroop Method troopWebelos III troop
6Three types of troops Patrol Method Troop Method Focus Webelos III PatrolsPatrol MethodTroop MethodFocusWebelos IIIBoysAdultsBoysLeadership & Decision-Making
7Character Development Citizenship Training Physical & Mental Fitness Aims of Boy ScoutingCharacter DevelopmentCitizenship TrainingPhysical & Mental Fitness
8Methods of Boy Scouting The IdealsThe Patrol MethodThe OutdoorsAdvancementAssociation with AdultsPersonal GrowthLeadership DevelopmentThe Uniform
9Scouting is…“A game for boys under the leadership of boys with the wise guidance and counsel of a grown-up who still has the enthusiasm of youth in him.A purposeful game, but a game just the same, a game that develops character by practice, that trains for citizenship through experience in the out-of-doors.”-- William “Green Bar Bill” Hartcourt
10What is a Patrol? What do we know about boys? Boys want to be with their friendsBoys want fun and adventureBoys need a reason to be where they are
11Patrols Who decides in which patrol a new scout is assigned? How large should a patrol be?How long should a patrol be together?What about “virtual” patrols?
12Who chooses who is in each patrol? Let the boys chooseHe should want to be in his patrolBoy must believe he is choosing his destinyQ: How should you handle influx of many boys vs. small number of new Scouts?
13Step backward in patrol unity Are patrols permanent?Mixing of patrolsStep backward in patrol unityPatrols should stay together as much and as long as possible!
14“Virtual” patrols – good or bad? TWO IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF PATROLS:1.A troop is a group of patrols, NOT a group of boys.2.Patrols must be real entities with their own identity.
16Scouting is… “A game for boys under the leadership of boys…” “The only way to develop leadership in a boy is to give him a chance to practice it.”-- William “Green Bar Bill” Hartcourt
17How are leaders selected? Elected and appointed by BOYSSM should NOT appoint Scouts to POR, nor should they “force” the vote to get their wayGuide; let the boys’ make their own decisions -- for better or worse
18Patrol positions of responsibility Elected: Patrol LeaderAppointed:Assistant Patrol LeaderScribeQuartermasterGrubmasterCheermaster
20Some friendly competition… Use friendly, well-spirited competition between leadersGreat for PL, Troop Guides, Instructors, QMs, and Grubmasters!Use to encourage desired behavior and promote teamwork
21Leaders need jobs to do!To learn to lead, Patrols need tasks that are…Regularly occurringComplexMeaningfulChallengingFor example…
22It’s about communication “Have you asked your Patrol Leader?”Senior Patrol LeaderPatrol memberPatrol LeaderTroop POR
23It’s about communication Patrol memberSenior Patrol LeaderWeekly!Patrol LeaderPLC
24The PLC & The Patrol Method Boy planned, run, and executedLet’s hear it for the SPL!Where are the adults? “Close but separate”
25 Will it always work? Two steps forward, one step back The most common problem…“If you only give partial responsibility you will only get partial results.”Remember the goal: Boys working together as patrols under leaders they selected.
26Scouting is…“A game for boys under the leadership of boys with the wise guidance and counsel of a grown-up…”-- William “Green Bar Bill” Hartcourt
27“Boy-led” doesn’t mean “Boys left alone” Are you crazy?!“Boy-led” doesn’t mean “Boys left alone”
28 OUR job AND in the process... Create opportunities for safe fun and new adventures.AND in the process...Learn practical citizenshipExperience new levels of teamworkDevelop leadership skillsAchieve the aims of Scouting
29Train ‘em, trust ‘em, let them lead! One “simple” goal:Train ‘em, trust ‘em, let them lead!“A Scoutmaster trains boys to be leaders, makes available to them the resources and guidance they need to lead well, and then steps in the background and lets them do their jobs.”
30Training the boy leaders Just as every Scout deserves a trained adult leader, every adult leader deserves a trained Scout!Green Bar CampoutTLTJLTTransition periodRegular POR reviews
31Four critical questions The boys should be asking…How are we doing?What do we need to start doing?What do we need to stop doing?What do we need to change?
32Q: Who’s in charge of the troop? Patrol is like a stateTroop is like the United StatesPL is like a state governorSPL is like the PresidentTroop officers are SPL’s “cabinet”A: The SPL -- his job is to coordinate the efforts of each patrol for the good of the troop.
33What about the adults? SHOULD: SHOULD NOT: Advise Enable Empower Voice of experienceSound judgmentBring ideas to PLCVeto arbitrarily“Plan” activitiesDo a Scout’s job for himIgnore Scouts’ wishes
34Simple ways to promote the PM Communicating with the troop:Relay all information via PL & SPL; put them out in front of boysProvide guidance ahead of time – provide success strategiesStep out of view
35Simple ways to promote the PM Communicating with a Scout:Always ask him: “Have you asked you Patrol Leader?”Lead him to the answer with questions, guide him, don’t grieve him.
36Simple ways to promote the PM Whose idea is best?Boys should evaluate activitiesWhen the boys get an idea just get in mind that it might workRemember: Boys choose, adults supportHave a plan A? Make a plan B, too.Enable more, interfere less!
37Simple ways to promote the PM Dealing with behavior issues:Go to his Patrol Leader (or SPL)Provide suggestions, then step awayDon’t yell or get mad, get disappointedDirect your disappointment to PL or SPL
38Simple ways to promote the PM Encourage patrol spirit!SPL should frequently talk with PL about his patrol’s spirit.Recognize great PATROLS more often than individual Scouts.Praise boys whenever they are displaying great patrol teamwork.
39If a boy can do it, adults don’t! The “bottom line”If a boy can do it, adults don’t!
40Traditions worth keeping are the ones that define the troop! What about traditions?Is it a boy-run or an adult-run tradition? Or is it a rut?Are you afraid of change?Traditions worth keeping are the ones that define the troop!
41Boy Scouting’s “tradition”… Applying the Patrol Method to camping…this one’s a “no brainer”Each patrol at its own siteSet up camp without adult help or inputPatrol spirit during the campoutCook & clean by patrol!
42The training & sign-off question The options:ScoutmastersInstructor ScoutsTroop GuidesFirst Class+ Scouts
43The goal: Boys train boys Boy-run trainingAdults: Verify, counsel, stand back, observeThe goal: Boys train boysTroop GuideASMNew Scout Patrolvia SPLASPLInstructor
44Boys sign-off on requirements Two suggestions:Instructor ScoutASM1st Class+ ScoutInstructor Scout
45Ten key truths Boys want to be with their friends Boys want fun and adventureBoys need a reason to be where they areBoys learn by doingBoys must be allowed to struggle and failBoys only learn leadership & responsibility if they have a chance to practice it
46Ten key truthsBoys need real, meaningful tasks and projects to performIf a boy can do it, adults don’t!Boys need encouragement and praiseBoy leaders run the troop; adults enable and keep the program aligned toward the vision and purpose.
47Baden-Powell on the Patrol Method “The strength of the Boy Scout program is its ability to satisfy the boy’s own wants and at the same time direct those wants into social channels. But the reason for our using the Patrol Method in Scouting is not alone because it fits in with the boy’s nature and his desires. The remarkable thing is that it fits equally well with the adult leader’s aims and purposes.”
48WORKSHEET: Characteristics of a troop using the Patrol Method: You’re using the PM if…WORKSHEET: Characteristics of a troop using the Patrol Method:#2, 5, 6, 8, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30