Scout’s Scrapbook (8-15-12): The Life of the Patrol

Today’s edition of The Scout’s Scrapbook is a quotation from John Thurman on the relationship between the Patrol and the Troop:

The picture that John Thurman gives here is quite different from the one that I have seen in many Troops. He paints the Patrols as small, almost independent units. Scouting, he says, is not Troop centered, but Patrol centered. This doesn’t mean that the Troop isn’t important, far from it! But nevertheless, this is a different paradigm than many of us may be used to.  

The Patrol, Thurman says, is the unit where Scouting really happens. The Troop’s definition is the Patrols which make it up.

I don’t have much commentary for this particular quote, as it is very self-explanatory. It challenges us to think about some important questions. Do the Patrols in your Troop meet regularly and often? Is the Patrol Leader Council active? Are your Troop meetings get-togethers of a bunch of individual boys, or are they meetings of Patrols? These are some of the questions that this quote asks of us.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this edition of The Scout’s Scrapbook and that it gave you something to think about. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them! If you like this post, please pass it along!

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