Scouting magazine

Qualities of the best patrols

Green Bar Bill recounts the qualities of good patrols.

A TROOP’S BEST patrols exhibit enthusiasm, teamwork, and camaraderie—that special spark known as patrol spirit.

How do your patrols measure up? Here are some tips for building patrol spirit and a way to reward success:

Each unit leader determines if a patrol qualifies for the National Honor Patrol Award, an embroidered gold star (BSA No. 00367) worn under the patrol emblem and purchased at Scout shops or council service centers. There is no application form.

—Scott Daniels

Methods for improving patrol teamwork, adapted from material by the late William (Green Bar Bill) Hillcourt or from other sources, appear periodically in this column.