Roles and responsibilities of Patrol Leaders

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The Patrol Leader's job is very rewarding, but it comes with some responsibilities.


Responsibilities of a Patrol Leader

  • Set an example as a leader in behaviour and attitude, especially:
    • in the Scout Law and Promise
    • wearing uniform
    • and aiming for working towards the Top Award
  • Develop a good Patrol Spirit in the Patrol
  • Instruct Patrol members in Scouting skills
  • Share the leadership in the Patrol by giving everyone a role
  • Plan and run the Patrol meetings, activities, camps and hikes
  • Represent the Patrol at the Court of Honour.
  • Keep Patrol members informed
  • Work with other PLs, the TL and Scouters to make the Troop work well
  • Know and be friends with each Patrol member
  • Continually develop leadership skills by taking part in Patrol Leader Training courses and reading widely.


Roles of a Patrol Leader

  • Live the Scout Law and Promise and get patrol members to do the same.
  • Learn all you can about your job in order to be a good Leader.
  • Provide challenging, worthwhile and fun activities for your Patrol Meets,
  • Delegate every member a definite job for a part in the Patrol’s activities.
  • Keep ahead on advancement so as to be prepared to teach patrol members.
  • Qualify to be able to take your Patrol camping and hiking.
  • Get to know the parents and everything about each member (your friends).
  • Get a Patrol Spirit going in your Patrol, members should want to belong.
  • Wear your uniform correctly and neatly so your patrol will too.
  • Attend Court of Honour (COH) meetings and raise matters affecting your Patrol.
  • Work with the Troop Scouter and other Leaders to make the Troop run well.


See also