Our Troop utilizes the "Patrol Method". Under the leadership of the Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader, the patrol works together to solve problems and get things done. This takes some getting used to, especially when we adults think we can run things more efficiently that the boys. But it takes practice to learn anything, including leadership. The patrol plans menus and work assignments for trips. They cook and tent together. And they learn leadership skills, whether they succeed or fail at a given task. An adult, called the “Patrol Advisor”, is assigned to each patrol to provide gentle oversight and occasional advice. Although there are times when we work together as a Troop, our focus is on developing successful patrols. The Senior Patrol Leader is responsible for overseeing the patrols, running the weekly meetings, and serving as a leadership model for younger Scouts. Activities are planned by the Patrol Leader Council, which is made up of the Troop's boy leadership under the guidance of the Scoutmaster.
Our Troop participates in at least one outdoor event per month. This gives the Scouts ample opportunity to practice learned skills while having a lot of fun. These trips may be one night or two, depending on the boys' schedules.