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Troubleshooting the Patrol Method

Troubleshooting the Patrol Method by CLARKE GREEN on OCTOBER 10, 2012

This is a self assessment tool to help gauge how well a troop applies the patrol method.  It may be a good idea to have several adults and youth troop members complete the assessment and discuss the results. This is not very scientific but it will at least give you an idea of where you are. Here’s PDF version you can download.

 

Chose only one option for each pair of statements

PATROL SYSTEM

ALWAYS

MOST TIMES

 

SOME
TIMES

ALWAYS

NO PATROL SYSTEM

PATROL STRUCTURE

Patrol membership is stable

+10

+5

 

-5

-10

Patrol membership is reshuffled

Patrol Leaders are elected by patrol members

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrol Leaders are not elected by patrol members

Patrols participate as a ‘natural’ patrol

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrols often formed provisionally or combined

Patrol has APL, Scribe, Quartermaster

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrols do not have APL, Scribe, Quartermaster

Patrols have eight to ten members

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrols have less than eight members

PATROL LEADER’S COUNCIL

PLC meets with Scoutmaster observing

+10

+5

 

-5

-10

Adults actively participate in PLC meetings

PLC plans meeting/outings

+10

+5

-5

-10

Adults plan meetings/outings

Senior Patrol Leader is elected by Scouts

+10

+5

-5

-10

Senior Patrol Leader is appointed by Adults

Youth leaders trained in on-going process

+10

+5

-5

-10

Youth leaders trained only at training events

Patrol Leader’s Council meets regularly

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrol Leader’s Council meets sporadically.

PROGRAM

Lots of time for Patrols at Troop meeting.

+10

+5

 

-5

-10

Little time is for Patrols at Troop meeting.

Regular inter/Patrol games and competitions

+10

+5

-5

-10

No inter/Patrol games and competitions

Patrols plan, purchase and prepare their meals.

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrols don’t plan, purchase and prepare meals.

Patrols camp in their own campsite/area

+10

+5

-5

-10

Patrols don’t camp in their own campsite/area

Patrols have independent meetings/activities

+10

+5

-5

-10

No independent Patrol meetings/activities

ADULT INVOLVEMENT

Scouts are mostly instructed by other Scouts

+10

+5

 

-5

-10

Scouts are mostly instructed by adults

Adults rarely direct Scouts

+10

+5

-5

-10

Adults often direct Scouts

Adults rarely involved at Troop meetings

+10

+5

-5

-10

Adults often involved in Troop meetings

Adults rarely ‘veto’ or alter Scout’s plans

+10

+5

-5

-10

Adults often ‘veto’ or alter Scout’s plans

Adults are trained

+10

+5

-5

-10

Adults are untrained

TOTALS
(add all the positive numbers and subtract the negative total from them)

PATROL STRUCTURE

+ +   - -  

PATROL LEADER”S COUNCIL

+ + - -  

PROGRAM

+ + - -  

ADULT INVOLVEMENT

+ + - -  

SUBTOTALS

         

OVERALL SCORE

   

150 -200  -  GOOD GOING!
100 – 150  -  KEEP GOING!
100 OR LESS  -  GET GOING!

Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 18:03

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