You can use this document to plan your meeting:

You can use this form to plan your campouts:

....remember to share it with your Scribe so that he can take notes and give him any documents that you are finished with to keep in his Patrol Scribe notebook.


The 15-20 minute Patrol time during Troop meetings can be the best and most productive portion of the meeting. In many cases, you will need to use this time to prepare for upcoming trips and activities. This is the most important stuff and should come first (before play).


Preparation activities may include:

1. Review plans for upcoming meetings and trips.

2. Select and practice a new flag/opening ceremony for an upcoming Troop meeting.

3. Select and practice a new flag/opening ceremony for the next Court of Honor.

4. Do your Menu Plan (at least 1 week before next camping trip).

5. Do your Duty Roster (at least 2 weeks before next camping trip).

6. Select and practice a skit for the next Court of Honor or campfire.

7. Have the Assistant Patrol Leader conduct a uniform inspection (its one of his duties).


You will probably have meetings where you do not have to take care of the important stuff. In that case, you should have some good ol’ constructive fun. While the Troop meeting time allocated to Patrol activities will usually be 15-20 minutes, there is no reason you can’t do a longer activity (just stretch it over a number of meeting nights). Also, on many camping trips, additional time (1-2 hours) will be allocated for Patrol activities – you can use these ideas for that time as well.


8. Practice your knots

9. Practice your lashings.

10. Invent and build a new camp gadget out of natural materials.

11. Have a Yo-Yo trick night.

12. Help someone with a difficult rank requirement.

13. Go through your Patrol equipment – clean, inspect and repair it.

14. Review Outdoor Cookbooks – look for something new to eat or a new way to cook on camping trips.

15. Make a 5-minute outdoor meal and eat it.

16. Build a no-match fire.

17. Practice your compass and map reading skills.

18. Exercise – have a push-up and sit-up contest.

19. Work on a Patrol Cheer.

20. Go on a Find-It Hike in the woods – see who can find the ugliest stick, the roundest rock, the biggest leaf, etc.

21. Perform a ‘quickie’ service project for the church – rake leaves, pickup trash, etc.

22. Come up with a list of a dozen trip ideas for the Troop to consider in the future.

23. With a fieldguide in hand, go on a hike to birdwatch, identify trees, etc.

24. Learn a new scout song to sing for the Troop.

25. Do a pioneering project – lash a campsite gateway, chair, table, etc.

26. Work on a merit badge together.

27. Learn how to juggle.

29. Build a shelter out of natural materials.

30. Make a Patrol first aid kit.

31. Make a Patrol survival kit.

32. Read Boys Life magazine.

33. Work on first aid wrappings and carries.

34. Make your own rope.

35. Have a Patrol portrait taken.

36. Build and fly kites.

37. Go on a stargaze – identify constellations.

38. Make a horror film – show it at a Troop meeting.

41. Do soap carvings.

42. Sew patches on your uniforms.

43. Build birdhouses.

44. Do a pressed leaf collection.

45. Put together a puppet show for the Troop.

46. Leather stamp a belt.

47. Write letters to military stationed overseas.

48. Learn how to change a tire on a car.

49. Sharpen an ax and/or knife.

50. Come up with a secret Patrol code and use it for messages.

52. Tie a Monkey’s Fist knot.

53. Whittle.

55. Build a raft and then try it one weekend.

56. Make a scout recruiting poster.

57. Practice magic tricks – give a magic show for the Troop.

58. Weave a basket.

59. Learn the Scout Law in sign language.

60. Make a nice walking stick – debark, sand, carve, stain, polyurethane.

61. Have a marbles tournament.

62. Read a scary story out loud in the dark woods.

63. Learn Morse code – practice it using flashlights.

64. Learn how to say ‘hello’ in 12 languages.

66. Make candles.

67. Build a rescue signal on the ground to be spotted from an airplane.

68. Research and play Native American games.

69. Play tabletop football, basketball, soccer.

70. Make a fuzz-stick – use it to start a fire.

71. Go on a mini safari – rope off an area 3’x 3’ and identify as many living organisms as you can.

74. Design and play a round of Frisbee golf over the church property.

75. Grow a plant from seeds – bring it in each week over a year.

76. Make a fishing rod out of natural materials – use it on the next trip.

77. Make a sling shot.

78. Vacuum the Troop’s trailer.

79. Create and add to a Patrol Scrapbook to be passed on to future generations.

80. Pack the perfect Pack for a backpacking trip.

81. Learn how to check tire pressure, oil, transmission fluid, washer fluid and air filter on a car.

82. Create a inspriational trail on the church property.

83. Decorate the city cemetery with small American flags (Memorial Day).

85. Lash together a ladder.

86. Design an orienteering course on the church property or local park for the Troop to use.

87. Learn how to dance the ‘Electric Slide’.

89. Learn and play a new card game.

90. Design and build a ceremony prop for the Troop.

91. Learn how to properly poop in the woods - and try it.

92. Meet with a scout visiting the Troop.

94. Do some tin punch art.

95. Create a patrol band with homemade instruments – perform for the Troop.

96. Have a checkers tournament.

97. Make a Patrol hammock out of rope.

99. Do some fast and easy (and nonexplosive) science experiments.

100. Create an obstacle course for the Troop to try.

101. Make up a brand new original game for the whole Troop to play.

102. Carve and paint a Troop or Patrol totem pole from a log.

103. Build a model.

105. Have a birthday cake and party for a Patrol member.

106. Look through the Troop's History files and write a past troop member.

107. Seam seal new Patrol tents.

108. Scrub the Patrol cookware – again and again and again.

110. Make an animal trap in the woods and see if you catch anything the next week.

112. Make a sit & reach box for a Personal Fitness merit badge counselor.

113. Create string artwork.

114. Study the Leave No Trace principles.

115. Burn the Scout Promise into wood.

117. Carve and paint a wood decoy.

118. Practice building different fire lays – chimney, teepee, a-frame, friendship

120. Make and walk on stilts.

121. Practice throwing a rescue line to a victim.

122. Make archery stands out of PVC pipe.

123. Learn how to play a tune on a harmonica.

124. Perform a safety inspection of our meeting place.

125. Make hot air balloons out of trash bags, string and candles.

126. Tap a maple tree.

127. Plant a tree to honor someone special.

128. Make and bury a time capsule.

129. Find some poison ivy, sumac and oak.  Just find it, don't touch it.

130. Refresh your CPR skills.

131. Hold an athletic meet – try to qualify for the events of the Athletics merit badge.

132. Read and discuss the meaning of the Declaration of Independence.

133. Have a show & tell of the Patrol member’s collection.

135. Have patrol members take turns being blind at a Troop meeting.

136. Make a catapult capable of launching small pumpkins.

137. Brew your own root beer.

138. Bring in a lawnmower – change the oil and sparkplugs.

139. If eligible, study and take the Texas written driver’s test.

140. Plan a 10-mile hike and do it.

141. Work with an Eagle scout candidate on his project.

142. Make a craft for Mother’s day/Father's day/Grandparent's day

143..Play charades.

144. Bring in old Pinewood Derby cars and re-race them.


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