National Honor Patrol Award
(Formerly called the Baden-Powell Patrol Award)
BSA established the Baden-Powell Patrol Award at the insistence of Bill
"Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt. Hillcourt wanted a special award to
recognize patrol team building and togetherness.
the past, Patrols were identified with special banners proclaiming them
as "Honor Patrols" but that really did not mean much to the members
other than yet another thing to carry around on their Patrol flag or
display in their Patrol Den or corner.
wanted something meaningful which could be added to the Patrol
medallion, to remind members that they have earned it together as well
as to provide a simple way for the award to be displayed on the field
uniform. After much discussion within the Boy Scout Division, Hillcourt
got his way and the Award, named for the founder of Scouting, was
brought out in the start of the 1986 program year.
1999, the name of the Award was changed to National Honor Patrol Award
for some reason. I don't know why, but it was changed.
Award is a small yellow star on a khaki green background. It is
designed to be worn in one place: around the Patrol medallion. The
location - top, bottom, side - does not matter as long as it is
attached to go around the Patrol emblem. Once earned, as long as the
person is a MEMBER OF THAT PATROL, it is worn continuously. When a
member changes Patrols, he removes the Patrol medallion AND the Star(s).
requirements have only been modified to reflect the program changes
within the Boy Scout Division over the years. Only Boy Scouts and
Varsity Scouts may earn the Award.
The Award is NOT earned by WEBELOS Cub Scouts.
The requirements are as follows:
Have a patrol flag and rally around it. Put your patrol design on all
your equipment. Use your patrol yell or cheer and patrol call. Keep
patrol records up to date for 3 months.
Patrol meetings: Hold two patrol meetings each month for three months.
Hikes, outdoor activities, and other events: Take part in one of these within 3 months.
Good Turns or service projects: Do two patrol leaders' council approved Good Turns or service projects within three months.
Advancement: Help two patrol members advance one rank during 3 months.
Uniform: Wear the full uniform correctly.
(at least 75 percent of the patrol's membership) to each troop meeting
and campout the patrol attends during the 3 month period.
Patrol leaders' council: Represent the patrol during three patrol leaders' council meetings within 3 months.
Once a patrol achieves National Honor Patrol, how long do the members get to wear the award?
They wear it as long as they are members of that Patrol.
say you have a Patrol called the Rockin' Raven Patrol. The Patrol
consists of four members: Bill, Will, Red and Ed. All four members met
the requirements for the National Honor Patrol Award when it was called
the Baden-Powell Patrol Award last fall. Three months have passed and
now the Rockin' Ravens have picked up Steve and and Mark. The Patrol
has to meet the requirements for the new National Honor Patrol Award in
order to earn a second star. They do.
So Steve and Mark wear one star
and the rest of the Patrol receives a SECOND star to go around the
Patrol emblem. Three months later, Bill becomes the Senior Patrol
Leader. He has to remove his Patrol emblem because he's no longer a
member of a Patrol. The Rockin' Ravens once again meets the
requirements for the National Honor Patrol Award and everyone receives
another star, except for Bill.
though Steve and Mark were not members of the Rockin' Ravens for the
full three month period, they are still entitled to wear the Star
because they helped the Patrol meet the requirements. And if Bill was
still in the Patrol, he too would be able to wear the Star.
stars can go around the Patrol emblem...which means (according to my
non-math brain!!) that a Patrol can technically win this thing again
and again for two years and one quarter of a third year. The BSA
doesn't give a limit on how many times a Patrol has won this thing, and
because nobody bothered to tell the Boy Scout Program Division if
they've had a Patrol to win this thing more than four times, that's the
is a Troop program not a national program. Therefore, each unit can
concentrate on those areas that they are weak in and tighten up those
requirements to fit their needs. In Troop 27, the uniform standard is
firm: 75 percent of the Patrol's membership must own and wear a full
uniform. Now, what's a "full uniform"… read on.
What is a full Scout Uniform in Troop 27?
full uniform consist of a Troop 27 ball cap, Scout Shirt with
appropriate patch placement that is up to date, scout belt and buckle.
Pants can be long or short but must be clean and neat. Not cut-offs
or pants with insignia on them. Footwear needs to be covered and
neat. No sandals or open towed shoes.
What is a full Scout Dress Uniform in Troop 27?
as a full uniform but with a correctly rolled neckerchief (troop 27
style) and merit badge sash that is up to date. The neckerchief must
have a slide.
I think I have finished the award who do I tell?
is up to the patrol leader to let the troop advancement chair know when
his patrol has met the requirements needed for the award. Once the
advancement chair has confirmed with the Scout Master and the Senior
Patrol Leader that the patrol has met the requirements the patrol will
receive the patch at the next troop meeting. Formal recognition will
be given at the next Court of Honor.
I have additional questions about the award – who can I get answers from?
If you have questions on any part of this please contact the Scout Master or Senior Patrol Leader for answers.