First, it is important to understand that Scouting is a youth-led organization. Scouting provides endless opportunities for youth to learn, lead, and grow. Troop 16 Scouts make decisions (and sometimes mistakes), but well-trained adults are always present to ensure a safe and healthy environment is provided. This gives our Scouts a safe place to build character through shared successes and failures.
The Patrol Method and Leadership Roles
Secondly, Scouts lead one another using the Patrol Method, while following the Scout Oath and Law. Each patrol is comprised of approximately 8 Scouts, and together, all patrols comprise the troop. Each patrol is led by an elected Patrol Leader who reports to the troop’s elected Senior Patrol Leader. Patrols are realigned twice each year. This gives new Scouts opportunities to serve in leadership as Patrol Leaders, Quartermasters, and other leadership roles.