RE: [Scouter_T] what is taught in IOLS regarding patrol method?
- David, the "Patrol Method", as it relates to Outdoor Skills Training, is
taught in the course that precludes ITOLS, Scout Leader Specific. This of
course follows New Leader Essentials as outlined in the new Training
Continuum for the 21st century. Those taking ITOLS are put into patrols, as
in WB, and will live the patrol method for the weekend of training. They
should already have a working knowledge from the specific leader course.
Although, committee members and Cub leaders take the outdoor skills course
as an "Extra", as it is not required to complete their position specific
training. They are always put into a patrol with members that are Scout
leaders and hence "Know" the patrol method. Having staffed, developed and
directed ITOLS and other advanced training courses I can tell you patrols
are Always built so they have mixed experience levels among the members. The
same holds true for Wood Badge.
This concept is taught in the Trainer Development Conference and in Course
So, confused leaders attending outdoor skills will learn things from others
in the patrol regarding methods. The course itself is designed to train
leaders in how to "Teach" the skills of the wild to the Scouts in their
I hope this clarifies the premise of the course for you.
Greater New York Councils