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"Patrol corners" during the Troop meeting give the Patrols a chance to train for a contest or work on a project by themselves.

The Scoutcraft Presentation becomes especially effective if it is followed immediately by Patrol practice in Patrol Corners.

"Patrol Corners" is the name usually given the periods during Troop meeting when the Patrols meet by themselves in their respective comers.  Patrol Corners are primarily meant as breaks between activities - opportunities for the Patrols to check up on plans and to prepare for the things that follow.

If, for instance, a special game or project based upon the Scoutcraft presentation of the evening has been announced for later in the meeting, this is the time when the Patrol picks its team.  If volunteers are needed for Troop Good Turn, the Patrol finds out which boys are available.  If the camp fire period calls for a stunt from each Patrol, this is when the Patrol develops its skit.

Patrol Corners are not, of course, a substitute for the Patrols’ weekly meetings.  They are an extra chance for to get together by themselves.  With scheduled things to do, Patrol Corners can be among the most profitable parts of the Troop meeting.


bullet Each Patrol develops a dramatization based upon the Scoutcraft skill presented earlier in the meeting, to be put on as a contest between Patrols.
bulletPrepare pantomime or charade of assigned point of Scout Law, for the council fire period.
bulletDevelop a new Troop Yell, to be demonstrated later. The best yell will be taught to the whole Troop under leadership of the Patrol that invented it.
bulletMake up a couple of new verses for the Troop's favorite stunt song.
bulletRun an elimination contest in knotting, signaling, fire-by-friction, Scout Quiz, talk fest or the like-the winner to enter in the contest period which follows.
bulletDiscuss the Scout Law for the purpose of having each Patrol present a one-minute speech: "Why our Patrol considers the ... point of the Scout Law of greatest importance."
bulletSimilar one-minute speech on "The most important Scout Requirement for First Class" or "The most important Merit Badge."
bulletSpring surprise games while the Patrols are in their corners, such as Famous Visitors, Newspaper Search (see GAMES).
bulletAdditional Activities for Patrol Corners

See: Scoutcraft Games and Projects






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