Patrol Leader Duties and Expectations

  • Regular Attendance
  • Communicate with your Patrol
  • Designate Duties to Patrol Members
  • Wear uniform properly and regularly
  • Ensure the health, well being, and behavior of your patrol
  • The Patrol Leader must be in communication with all members of his patrol.
  • Types of Communication
    • E-mail
      • One of the primary forms of communication within Troop 55 is e-mail.
      • Scout forwarding addresses and the individual addresses they are comprised of are listed on the Patrol Roster page.
      • Using the forward address (, will send to scout and their parents.
      • E-mails have the benefit of being read at the recipients leisure; however, this often means they are not read in a timely manner if at all. You must follow up.
    • Phone or Text
      • Try to assemble a list of your patrol member’s phone numbers (or their parent’s numbers).
      • A phone call or a text will often ensure your recipient has received the communication
    • Group Text or Chat
      • Many patrols will set up group chats using iMessage, Google Chat, or other means.
      • Do your best to pick a medium that does not exclude members of your patrol who might not have the proper device or permissions.
      • Ensure all discussions abide by the Scout Oath and Law and try to keep them focused on Scouting.
  • If you are consistently unable to contact a listed member of your patrol, reach out to an Assistant Scoutmaster for help.
  • Maintain consistent communication with the Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader assigned to your section of patrols.
  • Copy your PASM on any communication to your patrol

Set a Good Example
  • Live by the Scout Oath and Law
  • Wear your uniform correctly and regularly
  • Listen respectfully when others are speaking
  • Demonstrate regular attendance
Managing your Patrol
  • Delegate duties
    • If the Patrol is unable to attend a troop event, he MUST designate a member of his patrol to serve as Patrol Leader in his absence.
    • Prior to every troop campout, the Patrol Leader must create a duty roster (consisting of the below positions) and show to the Patrol’s PASM
      • Patrol Leader
      • Grubmaster
        • The Patrol Leader is to provide the Grubmaster with accurate attendance expectations ahead of the campout
        • The Patrol Leader should review the Grubmaster’s menu and shopping plan prior to submitting to Adult Leadership
        • The Patrol Leader is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of his patrol’s meal planning, and should supervise the Grubmaster accordingly
      • Quartermaster
        • The Quartermaster is tasked with preparing the patrol’s Action Packer and transporting it to and from the campout.
        • The Patrol Leader is ultimately responsible for the success or failure of his patrol’s meal prep, and should supervise the Quartermaster accordingly
      • Assistant Grubmasters
      • Fire/Stove Tenders
      • Kitchen Clean-Up Positions
      • Campsite Clean-up
  • Discipline and Well Being
    • The health, well being, and behavior of the Patrol is the responsibility of the Patrol Leader
    • If you have issues with scouts participating in risky behaviors, being unkind to others, etc. bring it to the attention of your PASM or another Scoutmaster.