Current Patrol Points Standings (Jan-Mar 2015)
Troop 26 has established an annual competition between patrols that promotes scout and adult participation in troop activities and advancement within a friendly game atmosphere. The competition starts at the beginning of each calendar year and ends with the December Court of Honor.
How it works
The competition has 2 elements: quarterly awards and a yearly award. Points are accumulated throughout the year toward the yearly award but each quarter an award is given for the most points within that quarter.
Therefore, there are 4 quarterly awards plus a yearly award (sometimes the 4th quarter award is combined with the yearly award if it’s the same patrol winning both). Awards are targeted at items that the patrols will use within their troop activities. The yearly award is more significant than the quarterly awards.
This arrangement keeps scouts interested because the competition resets each quarter while maintaining a larger long-term goal.
At each weekly troop meeting, points are recorded on “Green sheets” (green colored forms) that are earned by scouts if they meet several, defined criteria including:
- Attending and being on-time
- In full uniform which includes all badges updated within 2 weeks of being award
- Having their scout handbook and patrol binder (patrol leaders)
- Doing a patrol yell
- Having participated in a troop activity but only if they attend the following meeting
Additionally, points are awarded to the members of the Greenbar leadership for their participation and preparation at the Monthly Greenbar meetings.
This includes being in full-uniform, generating a meeting plan, coming up with a new opening/closing ceremony or game for meetings and bringing their patrol binder. These points are added to the Greenbar member’s patrol.
Points are also earned for advancement including the individual requirements for each rank (Scout through 1st class), earning merit badges, and earning the rank itself, up to and including Eagle.
Points are also earned for participating in troop activities including day hikes, backpacking/camping trips and community service projects but only if the scout attends the following week’s meeting.
There are times when the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster will reward a scout or a patrol with additional patrol points for doing something above and beyond what is normally expected.
Examples include picking up trash on a hike or other outing, volunteering at a flag ceremony for another organization, helping with a Webelos bridging ceremony and so on.
Previous Patrol Winners