Troop 5 runs on the Patrol Method of Scouting
This was described in 1888 by Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting as:
“The formation of the boys into Patrols of from six to eight and training them as separate units each under its own responsible leader is the key to a good Troop.”
A leading BSA, leadership organization (White Stag Academy) further says:
"In patrols that are working, you see enthusiasm among the boys— and adults. If boys are enthusiastic, they care which patrol they belong to. (Just try to switch them to another patrol!) They have patrol yells. Meetings start on time. Tardiness at meetings is minimal. Campouts occur regularly. Camping participation is high. Uniforming is consistent and neat. There is pride in belonging. Advancement is consistent and high. There is competition between patrols..."
At Troop 5, we firmly believe this is an ideal system and are committed to delivering a Scouting experience based on Patrols.
- Patrols meet several times a month (each patrol sets a regular meeting time, usually lasting an hour at the patrol leader’s house).
- At Patrol meetings Scouts plan meals for the next campout, decide who is responsible for what, work on advancement and merit badges, and have fun time together.
Troop 5's Youth Leadership
Our youth leadership includes a team of Scouts, led by the Senior Patrol Leader
Senior Patrol Leader
Ass’t Senior Patrol Leader
Junior Ass’t Scoutmaster