Re: Baden-Powell Patrol Star
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Tue, 14 Sep 1993 04:46:14 EDT
A reply to Boy Scout <Boy.Scout@P5.F219.N143.Z1.FIDONET.ORG>:
I hope what follows answers your question about the Baden-Powell Patrol
requirements. Thanks for asking ...
I apologize for the way we've received you here at Scouts-L. We sometimes
forget that you are the reason we are here.
The information I'm giving below comes from three sources: the 7th (1981)
and 8th (1990) editions of the Scoutmaster Handbook, and BSA Form 18-926
Your leaders can check most of this out on page 41 of their copies of the
new Scoutmaster Handbook. Anything which appears below in brackets "[ ... ]"
is my own words and thoughts. The rest comes directly from the sources I've
named above. I wish you good Scouting along your B-P Patrol quest.
When you're at the trail's end, that embroidered segment is BSA order
And after you've had a chance to digest this, please come back to the
Internet / Scouts-L and tell us a bit about yourself ... I might even do the
Scout Leader, "Scout_Ldr@AOL.com"
WHY A BADEN-POWELL PATROL?
Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, wanted boys to have FUN by being
members of an organized patrol of eight Scouts. The Baden-Powell Patrol plan
will put plenty of spirit, activity, and fun into your patrol activities
If you and then other members of your patrol work together to reorganize your
patrol and complete the Baden-Powell Patrol requirements, you can wear the
Baden-Powell Patrol star under your Patrol medallion. Your patrol will do a
better job, and you'll get into more activities and FUN as you earn the star.
Start being a Baden-Powell Patrol today.
BADEN-POWELL PATROL RECORD REQUIREMENTS
1. Spirit. Have a patrol flag and rally around it. Put your patrol design on
equipment. Use your yell or cheer and patrol call. Keep patrol records up to
date for 3 months.
2. Patrol meetings. Hold two patrol meetings each month for 3 months.
3. Hikes, outdoor activities, and other events. Take part in one of these
within 3 months.
4. Good Turns or service projects. Do two patrol leaders' council-approved
Good Turns or service projects within 3 months.
5. Advancement. Help two patrol members advance one rank during 3 months.
6. Membership. Build patrol to full strength (eight Scouts).
7. Uniform. Wear the uniform correctly (at least six scouts).
8. Patrol leaders' council. Represent the patrol during three patrol leaders'
council meetings within 3 months.
If your patrol measures up to these standards every 3 months for a year,
every member may wear four Baden-Powell stars under his patrol medallion. Be
a more-than-one-star patrol, earn one for each 3-month period.
[Requirements 1 and 6, Spirit and Membership, apply to the whole patrol.
Requirement 7, Uniform, is a little confusing; my interpretation would be
that at least six Scouts must be in proper uniform for a full month three
times, not that the same six must meet the requirement for the full 3 months.
Requirement 8, the PLC, of course, applies only to the Patrol Leader and/or
[The key to earning this B-P Patrol Star will be your Patrol Scribe, someone
you know can really keep the records straight. And the full patrol should
review the record as each of the three months draws to a close. Just a
little extra effort can make or save that chain of successful months.]
[Chart examples from 1981 and 1982 show places to also record ON TIME at both
patrol and troop meetings, always a good measure of how enthusiastic your
patrol is, and DUES PAID.]
[Those old charts speak also of uniforms AT TROOP MEETINGS, though the
written requirement doesn't limit it thus. But I would urge you to try just
a little harder: wear proper uniforms whenever you may be seen in public in
your role as a Scout.]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City