The Patrol Method?

Baden-Powell is accredited with developing the “patrol method” originally for the British Army shortly after his success at Mafeking. His military career was changing into more of a training officer, shortly before going into the “Scouting Scheme” (as he called it) full time.

Baden-Powell’s Definition from “Aids To Scoutmastership”: “The patrol method is working when the adult acts as a guide, mentor, and counselor to the youth, helping them by word and example to lead one another, to influence one another, to encourage competition and excitement so that the Scouts grow as a group and as individuals.”

“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

Things to remember about Patrols:
✔ Troops can have as many patrols as the membership require (6-8 Active Scouts).
    ⫸ The limiting factor is usually equipment.
✔ Patrols will have it’s own name and logo, flag, and patrol yell.
✔ Many troops will have a “Green Bar” Patrol for the troop’s youth staff headed by the Senior Patrol Leader (SPL).
    ⫸ Youth staff in the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) that are not a Patrol Leader already.
✔ Many troops will have a first-year patrol, that the other patrols can recruit from after 1st Class.
✔ It’s not recommended to restrict age grouping as in “Senior” or “Venture” Patrol. Without constantly mixing in new members. Otherwise, this type of patrol is setting its self up to phase out (age out).
✔ Make sure that tent sharing restrictions of YPT are kept in mind.
✔ The Scoutmaster conference is a good time to find out what the new Scouts opinions on patrols.
✔ The patrol assignment is recommended too and approved by the Scoutmaster or the appointed ASM.
✔ All patrols have a Patrol Leader, Asst. Patrol Leader, Grubmaster/Cook, Logistics/Engineering Specialist (Quartermaster), and my favorite… Morale Officer or Branding Specialist (Cheerleader).
✔ Patrols can go on activities and camp independently from the troop. (Everything must be approved by the Scoutmaster and within YPT of course.)

⚠️ Political Correctness Warning: The writings that are referred to in this video, may contain objectable material. Keep in mind that these materials were developed by individuals from the late 1800s. It would be unfair to put our current day judgment on Individuals and their writings from the past. Using common-sense you can still obtain enlightenment from their works. 

📄 Aids To Scoutmastership PDF: http://www.whitestag.org/files/bsa_pubs/Aids_to_Scoutmastership.pdf

🎬 Who Was Baden-Powell?: https://youtu.be/OY9pv8iF4wg

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Now Seeing in 2020 – A New Year of Scouting

Happy New Year! 2020 will be a big year for us scout leaders. Sometime in September, we should see the first girl Eagle Scouts. This will be a big event but it should not be treated as a race. Achieving the Eagle rank is serious for anyone, regardless of gender. Membership fees have changed to accommodate additional insurance requirements. The professional staff is implementing a new management program called “Polaris Method”. This will help make Scouting professionals more effective, efficient, and empowered.

🌎 The BSA Polaris Method: https://www.scouting.org/polarismethod/

🌎 New JTE 2020 Score Cards: https://www.scouting.org/awards/journey-to-excellence-1/unit/2020-scorecards-english/

📄⚕ New 2020 Health Forms: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf

🎨Thumbnail graphic by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay.com

⚜️ Note: Please understand that any of the opinions and comments expressed here are not necessarily the policies and opinions of Scouts BSA. ScouterStan presents this information to the adult leaders based on his training and experience. ScouterStan and you should too follow to the best of our understanding of the policies, procedures, and training from the Scouts BSA.

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Dutch Oven Stuff❓🔥 Cooking in the Great Outdoors with Camping Gadgets

Every Chef has a deep respect for the skillet… Scouters love something much deeper. Dutch ovens! Many Scouters discover that cooking in the great outdoors can be challenging. Gaining some quick knowledge about the Dutch oven will help Scouters set an example. Learn the absolute basics of Dutch oven equipment and gadgets. The Dutch oven can be used for many different cooking methods. Understanding some of the tools can make using a Dutch oven much easier to master. Scout leaders will set a great example when the menu includes incredible dishes that everyone will be envious of.

🎬 Dutch Oven Cooking for Beginners: https://youtu.be/qSREmqZT2xM

🌎 Dutch Oven Stuff on ScoutShop.org: https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=dutch+oven

🌎 Camp Chef Website: https://www.campchef.com/

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Discovering Winter Camping

All across the nation scouts are discovering the joys of winter camping. ScouterStan recalls his youth in’s winter camping experiences. Even though ScouterStan lives in Central Florida winter camping is exciting. Similar to summertime camping up North. ScouterStan loves winter camping even though it’s done in the snow. Scout leaders need to be aware of the dangers and have a Plan B to fall back on. Staying dry is the key to keeping warm. ScouterStan discussed humiture and wind chill factors. Winter camping and Klondike derbies can be inspiring to help scouts learn scout-skills and face challenges. Adult leaders need to always be mindful of safety.

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The Patches On The Scout Uniform Tell A Story

The purpose of the uniform is part of the aims and methods of Scouting. The scout uniform shows others the unity of scouting. It shows others you can be trusted. It shows others that you are willing to help at all times. The patches on the uniform tell a story. Informes the viewer of experience, training, and who can help them. Uniforms are to be worn at all meetings and events unless scheduled non-uniform or not an appropriate activity. Not warring the uniform correctly can be misleading and put your trustworthiness in question. The uniform can also be a Troop or Pack t-shirt often refer to as a “Class B” uniform. Class B uniform is an old military term. This protects the regular uniform shirt from unneeded wair. It also keeps your uniform shirt clean and undamaged. Some units use the term “Belt-Up” uniform. This uniform is the same from the belt line up. Scouts BSA policies are written for a full uniform, although this may not be financially possible in some units

⚜️ Note: The “Uniform Inspection Sheet” that ScouterStan referenced in the video is no longer used at this time. The old sheets are listed however we recommend using the Insignia guide for propper reference on patch placement.

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I’m Thankful for Scouting

Thanksgiving is this week and Scout Leaders need to reflect on Things there thankful for. I’m back with a new season of commissioners weekly. We are going to cover a lot of stuff you don’t wont to miss… so subscribe and get other leaders to do it too.

⚠️ Impotent: Last Season we ended each video with a teaser for a knot tying series called Knotty Thoughts. Filming had started and then got delayed do to FTC – COPPA (Child Online Privacy Protection Act) concerns. Hopefully, we will have this all worked out by the end of the year. 😬

What Scouting means to me… Scouting is my personal ministry. Scouting is different than any other charity. A souter friend of mine once sed in a speech…“When you get paid to do work, that’s called a job. When you do work without getting paid, it’s called volunteering. When you pay someone and you do the work, it’s called Scouting.” I’m thankful for Scouting in my fothers life, my life and sons life. I’m Thankful for the over 40 Scouts I mentored to Eagle. I’m thankful for the professional staff that dedicates countless hours to America’s children, we call Scouts. I’m thankful for this series of commissioners weekly. I’m thankful for the adult leaders like you, who made it all possible.

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