848 Policy – The Patrol Method
Troop 848 (and Boy Scouts in general) follows the Patrol Method. Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol's success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.
There is a hierarchy of responsibility and authority within the scouts of the troop. The Patrol Leader is the first rank of authority within the troop. The Patrol Leader is responsible for his patrol. That is, he needs to make sure that the patrol is prepared for each and every activity that the troop is involved with. If he is unable to for whatever reason (sick, vacation, another obligation), he is expected to find and confirm a representative will take on his role. This is typically the Assistant Patrol Leader. If the Patrol Leader has some difficulty with a patrol member, or has a general question about what is going on, his next line of authority is the Gold ASPLs for Gold Patrols and the Troop Guides and Green ASPLs for the Green Patrols. If they are unable to resolve the difficulty or answer the question, then the next line of Authority is the Senior Patrol Leader. If the SPL cannot resolve the situation, then the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmasters will address the situation.