My son was frustrated, decided to change troops, and was elected senior patrol leader in his new troop.
The Scoutmaster is a man of good intentions but with a commanding presence. Over time he has taken to leading himself because it’s easier and less messy. The Scouts in this troop would like to have more say, and implement the patrol method as you talk about it. Which brings me to my question. Do you have a particular podcast or article that advises a senior patrol leader working to rebuild the patrol system?
Well, now I do!
When I first look at this situation I am tempted to say that you are trying to make changes from the wrong end of things. I do, however, believe there is a way to make this happen, if you are willing to do some work first. So let’s talk about understanding the adults involved, your relationship to them, and how to offer constructive criticism that is aimed at resolving problems.
Taking a piano camping. [0:20]
Advice for a senior patrol leader [9:01]
Merit badge article mentioned by John Polack (the merit badge info is towards the end of a long article)
Four part series on the patrol method begins here – The Patrol Method in Practice – The Character School
The book I mentioned Working the Patrol Method is available at Amazon
You can usually find good used copies of Green Bar Bill’s Handbook for Patrol Leaders at Amazon