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Patrol Meetings and Activities

Meeting Agenda Template - for use when planning your patrol meetings.

Here are some ideas for patrol activities:

  • Perform maintenance on bicycles
  • Conduct a sports clinic in a sport of the Patrol's choice
  • Create a Patrol cookbook
  • Create a (mostly) fictional Patrol history
  • Build a catapult
  • Conduct a refresher course in first aid
  • Hold a firearms safety course
  • Practice various ways of setting up flies and tarps
  • Practice setting up and using a hammock for camping
  • Learn Morse Code
  • Learn Semaphore
  • Learn Sign Language
  • Make rope
  • Practice setting up a tent blindfolded
  • Form a Patrol band or singing group
  • Create a skit, song, or mime
  • Learn to splice rope
  • Make a Patrol flag
  • Assemble a Patrol first aid kit
  • Memorize the Gettysburg Address
  • Create an accurate sketch map of a park or neighborhood area
  • Practice techniques for moving and carrying sick and injured persons
  • Learn the locations of ten constellations in the night sky
  • Read and discuss with the Patrol Chapter 13, 14, or 15 of the Boy Scout Handbook
  • Practice techniques for cleaning up the cooking and eating gear on a campout
  • Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech and discuss it with the Patrol
  • Practice using various common hand tools
  • Learn to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) device
  • Change a tire on a car
  • Learn to sew patches and buttons on a shirt
  • Change the oil, air filter, and spark plug, and sharpen the blade of a lawn mower
  • With the approval of the Patrol's parents, watch the BSA youth protection video appropriate for the Patrol's age group
  • Make hiking sticks for every member of the Patrol
  • Construct model rockets
  • Assemble a raft that can carry at least a twenty pound load
  • Learn proper methods for purifying water on the trail
  • Learn how to iron a pair of pants
  • Learn to identify the snakes native to your area
  • Learn and discuss with your Patrol what to do if you are involved in a car crash or if your car has a flat tire or mechanical problems on the road
  • Conduct a uniform and insignia inspection of the Patrol and discuss any errors or problems and how to fix them
  • Plan an "old time" overnight hike--no sleeping bags, backpacks, nylon tents, gas or liquid fuel stoves, or convenience foods
  • Learn to use a BakePacker for cooking meals on the trail
  • Practice techniques for hanging bear bags
  • Create a display or computer slide show about your Patrol or a recent Patrol activity, complete with photographs and text
  • Practice using ropes and pulleys to lift heavy objects
  • Make a video
  • Make ice cream
  • Learn about and discuss with the Patrol the culture of Native Americans who lived in your area
  • Learn how to find the current weather conditions and the weather forecast for a location outside your local area
  • Plan menus for the next campout
  • Check each member's progress toward his next rank
  • Practice skill for an interpatrol activity
  • Start a new patrol flag or enhance the current one.
  • Make a patrol neckerchief slides
  • Check the patrol's progress toward the National Honor Patrol Award
  • Assign specific jobs to each member: quartermaster, cheermaster, grubmaster etc.
  • Make a knot board for the troop
  • Conduct a uniform inspection with score sheets
  • Develop a patrol menu file with recipes and food lists.
  • Make model pioneering projects
  • Plan a patrol outing and submit a plan to the Senior Patrol Leader and Scout Master
  • Compose words and music for a patrol song
  • Make individual fist-aid kits
  • Have an adult help your patrol complete the Totin' Chip requirements
  • Discuss business for a patrol leader to bring to PLC Meeting
  • Write to a foreign Scout patrol.
  • Display patch collections and discuss interesting patches
  • Plan a patrol campfire for the next campout with the troop
  • Make a list of prospects to invite to visit the troop and patrol
  • Make commando ropes (an eye splice at one end, a toggle or monkey's fist at the other)
  • Discuss merit badge requirements that relate to school subjects
  • Work together on a requirement for an Eagle-required merit badge
  • Play a game
  • Practice orienting a map and compass
  • Create a patrol Organization chart
  • Practice ceremonies for troop meetings
  • Practice leaf identification with leaves or flash cards
  • Lean the Philmont grace
  • Take care of service-patrol duties
  • Plane equipment distribution for backpacking
  • Plan a simple camp improvement for the next campout
  • Buddy up for advancement coaching
  • Develop a patrol slogan or motto
  • Investigate a merit badge using the pamphlet and requirements
  • Write a new skit and practice it
  • Make a patrol flag stand
  • Build personal camp stools.
  • Have a show-and-tell of useful camping great
  • Make a patrol rank-advancement chart
  • Plan a patrol good turn and se a date to carry out the plan
  • Learn about Scouting history or Scouting's founders
  • Make "fuzz sticks" to sue as fire starters
  • Set some patrol goals and objectives
  • Make trail mix for next troop hike or campout
  • inspect packs for upcoming campouts
  • Brainstorm ideas for campouts in upcoming program year
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