New Scout Patrol
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Fri, 2 Dec 1994 20:16:00 -0500
Here is the annual program I use with my new scout patrol.
January First Aid
>Heimlich Maneuver, Simple First Aid, Prepare to make first aid kit >Hurry
Cases, make first aid kit
>Bandages, transporting, CPR >First Aid Competition
>Water Safety >50-yard swim >Game Day >100-yard
March Knots and Lashings
>Square Knot, two half hitches, pitch a tent using tautline, whip ends of
>Review, Timber Hitch, Clove Hitch, Bowline >Review, Lashings >Day
Activity: Build pioneering project
>Proper dress, equipment, how to pack a back pack >Pitch a tent, build a
shelter using a tarp >Camp layouts, sanitation, prep for bad
weather >Overnighter: Spring Camporee
May Wood tools, Fire building
>Toten' Chip (proper use of wood tools, care of nature)
>Toten' Chip (proper use of wood tools, care of nature) >Types and purposes
of campfires, kindling, etc.
>Fire building contest
>Menus, nutrition, sanitation
>How to purchase food for camp on a budget
>Food prep, clean up, sanitation
>Rules to safe hiking
>Proper dress and equipment
August Map & Compass
>Reading a map, using a compass, how to find directions at night
>Small compass course, measuring heights, paces
>Day Activity: 5-mile hike or 10-mile bike trip using a compass & map
>Outdoor code, Identifying poisonous plants, respect for the
>Make a nature trail >Overnighter: Nature hike to find traces of
October A Scout's Duty
>Pledge of Allegiance, Flag Ceremonies >Drug Awareness Program
>Tour a public facility, (i.e. county jail, post office) learn about
>Scout Oath, Law, Badge, etc. Purpose of scouting.
November Physical Fitness
>Record best in pushups, sit-ups, run, etc. start excersize program at
>Play a team sport
>Attend a sporting event
>Record best in pushups, sit-ups, run, etc. - measure improvement
>Each week a different scout will lead the patrol on a service
Other Activities for New Scout Patrol:
> Klondike Derby - January
> Scout O Rama - Late May/Early June
> Summer Camp
Most of the time we meet separate from the rest of the troop. Our meetings
only last an hour, and is completely conducted by the PL. We start with flag
ceremony, recitation of scout law, etc. Uniform inspection. I bring candy
Next, about 20 - 25 minutes at the most is spent on teaching the skill for
that meeting. This is done by me (ASM) or the Troop Guide. Instruction, to
keep the boys interested, need to be "hands-on" as much as possible.
Lectures do not cut it too well. The rest of the meeting is spent in a
patrol game where the boys demonstrate the skills just learned. Use your
Woods Wisdom Book as a resource for these games. The PL is responsible for
these games in my patrol.
We switch PLs every 3 months, because the boys move through the patrol real
fast. It is important that the PL feels he is in charge of the meeting.
From the calendar, you can see that at least once a month, usually, we do
something outside of the normal meeting place, such as a hike, field trip,
attend a game, campout, etc. That is what seems to generate the most
enthusiasm, which is contagious once it gets going. We are also very
flexible with the calendar and change it all the time (with proper advance
notice for parents) for things that come up which we decide we would rather
do at that time.
Hope this helps....
...........used to be a beaver...........
.........and now I am always prepared to go first!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City