What Did John Thurman say to Patrol leaders?
Richard Francis “John” Thurman (4 April 1911 – April 1985) became the third Camp Chief at Gilwell Park in 1943 and ably developed Gilwell Park and leader training for 26 years. Author of 15 books on Scouting He made a considerable impact on World Scouting and his influence will live on through his books and through the leaders he trained.
We can learn a lot listening in as he addresses patrol leaders in his introduction to his 1950 Patrol Leader’s Handbook. “The Patrol System is a system made up of ‘a lot of littles’. This is why there are difficulties about it; why there are problems; why it is not too easy to understand…”
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