Category Archives: Patrol Method

Living or Dying

A Scout Troop is a family.. and it’s either living or dying.  It’s either growing or shrinking, viable or withering on the vine.  There are many reasons for this, but the point of the matter is that if we are … Continue reading

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Troop Leadership Corps

From 1972 to 1989 the Boy Scouts of America had a program called the Troop Leadership Corps.  This program was designed for Scouts 14-16 to serve their Troop in leadership roles.  They were not a member of a Patrol within … Continue reading

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13 year old Eagle.

I thought I would let it simmer for a bit before I weighed in.. and now I just can’t keep my blog silent on this. So, at a risk of pissing a bunch of folks off.. here it goes. By … Continue reading

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Training, Nature or Nurture

The other day I posted my thoughts on training.  I received some great feedback and feel that I need to address a couple of the comments, specifically a question that came up about the leaders themselves in the unit and … Continue reading

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In the Trenches

I have been giving this some thought lately, especially since becoming our Boy Scout Round table Commissioner.  But Scouting is in the trenches.  To use an overused cliché. What I mean by that is this.  Far to many units and … Continue reading

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Action Required

When we teach leadership to our Scouts the best way to demonstrate that leadership is to be an example of expected behavior.  We show them how to lead by being good examples.  And we expect the youth leadership to follow … Continue reading

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Unit Culture

Monday night our Troop held its annual Order of the Arrow election and its six month youth leadership election.  Our Troop elections are like most Troops in that we hold the elections for youth leadership.  We may differ in this … Continue reading

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