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THEME: Patrol Features


Preliminary Reading Assignments:

For Scoutmaster and adult leaders:

Scoutmaster Handbook (Hillcourt's Fourth Edition)

Chapter 2: "Setting Up the Patrol Method"
Chapter 7:
"Patrol Carries On"
Tools 4, 14, 15, 16, and 17

For Patrol Leaders:

Handbook for Patrol Leaders (Hillcourt's 1950s Edition)

Chapter 2: "Patrol Hikes"
Chapter 9: "Patrol Handicrafts"
Chapter 10:  "Patrol Stunts"



bulletPatrol Record Book.
bulletLoose-leaf "log book." 
bulletTree leaves, a few candles, white paper.
bulletGame material as required.
bulletMaterial as required for games selected.


(a) Opening Ceremony:  Senior Patrol Leader leads the Patrol's favorite among those attempted previously.

(b) Business Period:  Usual procedure (see Second Training Meeting).

(e) Informal Instruction Game:  Observation.  Have a visitor drop in for a moment and interrupt business proceedings, then disappear.  When business is finished, divide into buddy teams and ask for report of appearance of visitor.   Have visitor re-enter for check.  Or, instead, try Object Hunt.

(d) Discussion:  "Patrol Features That Build Patrol Spirit," based upon Handbook for Patrol Leaders. What place do special features and activities have in the life of the Patrol?  How can they be worked into the Patrol program?  How can the boys be interested in them?   Which to choose first?  What about flag, den, log book, handicraft, yells, songs, Patrol signatures, camping outfit?

(e) Work Period: 

1. Demonstrate how to make smoke prints of leaves.  Have each boy make smoke print. 

2. Distribute paper to buddy teams, each team to fill a sheet or two with illustrated report of the Training Hike.   Best report wins prize of the evening: two candy bars.

(f) Fun Games:

1. Buzz-Buzz or Tractor.

2. Indian Hand Wrestling or Hand Slap.  If time is short, run game only until the boy leaders have learned it, then shift to another.

(g) Recreation: 

1. Patrol Yells each buddy team to pick its own and modify it to suit it. 

2. Patrol Song: Decide upon appropriate, popular tune and give the buddy teams five minutes to make simple words for it, then sing it.  Best team becomes the Patrol's "Official Warblers."  

3. Scoutmaster's Three Minutes: based upon one point of the Scout Law.

(h) Closing:  Form circle, all arms lifted high. Lower arms slowly while singing Taps.  Scoutmaster then says: "Be Prepared!"  And the rest answer in unison: "We Are Prepared!"

For Additional Troop Closings, see:

Closing Ceremonies

SIXTH TRAINING MEETING: Patrol Camping and Patrol Living






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