November 14, 2008 8 Comments
One of my favorite things about leading Girl Scout Juniors instead of Brownies is the patrol system. We used it in my Junior troop when I was a girl, but I didn’t realize just how effective and useful it is until I tried it as a leader. Patrols are small groups within the troop. The girls split into patrols when an activity works best with small groups, when we have a big task that can be broken into several parts, or when we need to make several decisions that require discussion and/or research.
Setting Up Patrols
I always have at least three patrols. The reason I don’t do two is that I’ve noticed that when people are split into just two groups, they tend to assume they are rivals and get very competitive or even hostile. Read more…