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Patrol Leader

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The patrol leader is the patrol’s key leader, representing the patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference, and keeping patrol members informed of decisions made. Patrol leaders carry out planning, leading, and evaluating patrol meetings and activities, and assure patrols are prepared to participate in all troop activities. They keep their patrol intact so they can work together and share responsibilities to get things done. It is incumbent upon them to be a good example for the members of their patrol and the rest of the troop.


  • Plans and leads patrol meetings and activities
  • Maintain a high participation rate of at least 50% of meetings and campouts.
  • Keeps patrol members informed
  • Assigns each patrol member a specific duty
  • Represents his patrol at all patrol leaders’ council meetings and the annual program planning conference
  • Prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities
  • Works with other troop leaders to make the troop run well
  • Knows the abilities of each patrol member
  • Set two personal goals – develop and implement two SMART goals
  • Submit a written report of your experience to your position coordinator and bring a copy to your next scoutmaster conference.
  • Wear my uniform correctly, set a good example, practice the Scout Oath and Law – a standard responsibility of all the troop leadership positions.

Be prepared by getting trained

  • ILST – Introduction to Leadership Skills Training
  • Patrol Leader handbook

This position meets with your ASPL at least every 2 months to report on his progress towards his goals. This ensures he is fulfilling his duties and will receive rank advancement credit. Use the position coordinator as  an adult mentor that you can go to with ideas and for advice.

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