Patrol Instruction

Keep it moving

In a small group setting like a Patrol meeting, the important thing is to keep things moving. Plan a series of short "punchy" points to present, rather than a long winded lecture. Punctuate with questions and activities. For example, to present "Leave No Trace" to a Patrol, you could present each point, and then ask a question that let's the whole group call out the answer, before moving on to the next point. Keep it as spontaneous as possible- this is the great thing about a small group presentation- it's fairly easy to keep control, so you can afford to take chances.

Keep it interactive

To keep their attention in a Patrol meeting, keep your presentation as interactive as possible. It's a small group, you'll be able to talk naturally to the individuals, and to keep an eye out for anyone who is tuned out or falling behind. Plan to ask questions (Quiz for Facts), and to have hands-on activities for your audience. For example:

  • Knots: a piece of rope to knot with
  • Wildlife Identification: a page with animal signs or plant leaves
  • Cooking: A Dutch oven or a patrol box

Remember how bored you get during a "dry bones" lecture, and use the small group opportunity to involve the Scouts!