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<center><big>The [[Patrol Leader]] is elected to lead and represent his [[patrol]] on the [[Patrol Leaders' Council]], He appoints an [[Assistant Patrol Leader]].</big></center><br>
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{{quote-source|The members of each [[patrol]] elect one of their own to serve as [[patrol leader]]. The [[troop]] determines the requirements for patrol leaders, such as rank and age. To give more youths the opportunity to lead, most troops elect patrol leaders twice a year. Some may have elections more often.|[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/PatrolLeader.aspx Scouting.org]}}
{{Info|Serving as [[{{PAGENAME}}]] can apply towards [[Positions of Responsibility]] requirements for [[Star Rank|Star]], [[Life Rank|Life]], and [[Eagle Scout Rank|Eagle]].}}
{{Info|Serving as [[{{PAGENAME}}]] can apply towards [[Positions of Responsibility]] requirements for [[Star Rank|Star]], [[Life Rank|Life]], and [[Eagle Scout Rank|Eagle]].}}
{{Positions of responsibility
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|report = [[Senior Patrol Leader]]}}
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The '''Patrol Leader''' is the elected leader of his [[patrol]]. He represents his patrol on the [[Patrol Leaders' Council|patrol leaders’ council]]. He appoints an [[Assistant Patrol Leader]].
 
[[Image:Boyscout-troop.gif|thumb|right|Typical Boy Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)]]
[[Image:Boyscout-troop.gif|thumb|right|Typical Boy Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)]]
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*[[Senior Patrol Leader]]
*[[Senior Patrol Leader]]
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==Responsibilities==
==Responsibilities==
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* Plans and leads patrol meetings and activities.
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{{quote-source|When you accepted the position of patrol leader, you agreed to provide service and leadership to your patrol and troop. No doubt you will take this responsibility seriously, but you will also find it fun and rewarding. As a patrol leader, you are expected to do the following:
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* Keeps patrol members informed.
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* Assigns each patrol member a specific duty.
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* Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
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* Represents his patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
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* Keep patrol members informed.
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* Prepares the patrol to participate in all troop activities.
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* Assign each patrol member a specific duty.
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* Works with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
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* Represent his patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
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* Knows the abilities of each patrol member.
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* Prepare the patrol to participate in all troop activities.
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* Sets a good example.
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* Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
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* Wears the Scout uniform correctly.
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* Know the abilities of each patrol member.
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* Lives by the [[Scout Oath]] and [[Scout Law|Law]].
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* Set a good example.
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* Shows and develop patrol spirit.
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* Wear the Scout [[uniform]] correctly.
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* Live by the [[Scout Oath]] and [[Scout Law|Law]].
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* Show and develop patrol spirit.|[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/PatrolLeader.aspx Scouting.org]}}
==Ten Tips for Patrol Leaders==
==Ten Tips for Patrol Leaders==
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From ''[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/PatrolLeader.aspx Ten Tips for Being a Good Patrol Leader]''
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# '''Keep Your Word.''' Don't make promises you can't keep.
# '''Keep Your Word.''' Don't make promises you can't keep.
# '''Be Fair to All.''' A good leader shows no favorites. Don't allow friendships to keep you from being fair to all members of your patrol. Know who likes to do what, and assign duties to patrol members by what they like to do.
# '''Be Fair to All.''' A good leader shows no favorites. Don't allow friendships to keep you from being fair to all members of your patrol. Know who likes to do what, and assign duties to patrol members by what they like to do.
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# '''Be Consistent.''' Nothing is more confusing than a leader who is one way one moment and another way a short time later. If your patrol knows what to expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership.
# '''Be Consistent.''' Nothing is more confusing than a leader who is one way one moment and another way a short time later. If your patrol knows what to expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership.
# '''Give Praise.''' The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a "Nice job" is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the efforts of the patrol.
# '''Give Praise.''' The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a "Nice job" is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the efforts of the patrol.
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# '''Ask for Help.''' Don't be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don't know how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and direction.
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# '''Ask for Help.''' Don't be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don't know how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and direction.|[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/PatrolLeader.aspx Ten Tips for Being a Good Patrol Leader]}}
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==Patrol Leaders' Council==
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{{quote-source|As a patrol leader, you are a member of the patrol leaders' council, and you serve as the voice of your patrol members. You should present the ideas and concerns of your patrol and in turn share the decisions of the patrol leaders' council with your patrol members.
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The patrol leaders' council is made up of the senior patrol leader, who presides over the meetings; the assistant senior patrol leader, all patrol leaders, and the troop guide. The patrol leaders' council plans the yearly troop program at the annual troop program planning conference. It then meets monthly to fine-tune the plans for the upcoming month.|[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/PatrolLeader.aspx Scouting.org]}}
==Equivalents==
==Equivalents==
{{Youth Leader sub-group Equivalents}}
{{Youth Leader sub-group Equivalents}}
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== See also ==
== See also ==
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==References==
==References==
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*[http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/PatrolLeader.aspx Patrol Leader page]
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{{Troop Leadership Links}}
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* [http://olc.scouting.org/resources/TLT.ppt BSA Troop Leader Training Powerpoint Presentaiton]
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Current revision

The Patrol Leader is elected to lead and represent his patrol on the Patrol Leaders' Council, He appoints an Assistant Patrol Leader.

The members of each patrol elect one of their own to serve as patrol leader. The troop determines the requirements for patrol leaders, such as rank and age. To give more youths the opportunity to lead, most troops elect patrol leaders twice a year. Some may have elections more often.
Scouting.org
Serving as Patrol Leader can apply towards Positions of Responsibility requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle.
Patrol Leader
Selection:Elected
Selected by:Youth Patrol members
Reports to:Senior Patrol Leader
Typical Boy Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)
Typical Boy Scout troop organization chart (click to zoom)

Contents

Reports to


Responsibilities

When you accepted the position of patrol leader, you agreed to provide service and leadership to your patrol and troop. No doubt you will take this responsibility seriously, but you will also find it fun and rewarding. As a patrol leader, you are expected to do the following:
  • Plan and lead patrol meetings and activities.
  • Keep patrol members informed.
  • Assign each patrol member a specific duty.
  • Represent his patrol at all patrol leaders' council meetings and the annual program planning conference.
  • Prepare the patrol to participate in all troop activities.
  • Work with other troop leaders to make the troop run well.
  • Know the abilities of each patrol member.
  • Set a good example.
  • Wear the Scout uniform correctly.
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law.
  • Show and develop patrol spirit.
Scouting.org

Ten Tips for Patrol Leaders

  1. Keep Your Word. Don't make promises you can't keep.
  2. Be Fair to All. A good leader shows no favorites. Don't allow friendships to keep you from being fair to all members of your patrol. Know who likes to do what, and assign duties to patrol members by what they like to do.
  3. Be a Good Communicator. You don't need a commanding voice to be a good leader, but you must be willing to step out front with an effective "Let's go." A good leader knows how to get and give information so that everyone understands what's going on.
  4. Be Flexible. Everything doesn't always go as planned. Be prepared to shift to "plan B" when "plan A" doesn't work.
  5. Be Organized. The time you spend planning will be repaid many times over. At patrol meetings, record who agrees to do each task, and fill out the duty roster before going camping.
  6. Delegate. Some leaders assume that the job will not get done unless they do it themselves. Most people like to be challenged with a task. Empower your patrol members to do things they have never tried.
  7. Set an Example. The most important thing you can do is lead by example. Whatever you do, your patrol members are likely to do the same. A cheerful attitude can keep everyone's spirits up.
  8. Be Consistent. Nothing is more confusing than a leader who is one way one moment and another way a short time later. If your patrol knows what to expect from you, they will more likely respond positively to your leadership.
  9. Give Praise. The best way to get credit is to give it away. Often a "Nice job" is all the praise necessary to make a Scout feel he is contributing to the efforts of the patrol.
  10. Ask for Help. Don't be embarrassed to ask for help. You have many resources at your disposal. When confronted with a situation you don't know how to handle, ask someone with more experience for some advice and direction.
Ten Tips for Being a Good Patrol Leader

Patrol Leaders' Council

As a patrol leader, you are a member of the patrol leaders' council, and you serve as the voice of your patrol members. You should present the ideas and concerns of your patrol and in turn share the decisions of the patrol leaders' council with your patrol members.

The patrol leaders' council is made up of the senior patrol leader, who presides over the meetings; the assistant senior patrol leader, all patrol leaders, and the troop guide. The patrol leaders' council plans the yearly troop program at the annual troop program planning conference. It then meets monthly to fine-tune the plans for the upcoming month.

Scouting.org

Equivalents

The Patrol Leader is a sub-group youth leader in its unit. Other sub-group youth leaders are:


See also

Boy Scout portal
Ranks requiring a Positions of Responsibility
  • Star Rank #5 "While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions..."
  • Life Rank #5 "While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 months in one or more of the positions of responsibility..."
  • Eagle Scout Rank #4 "While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..." (reduced list)
  • See also: National Youth Leadership Training‎ (NYLT) - a fun, six-day outdoor learning course.

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