If this is your very first time thinking about competing in the Patrol Challenge, click here and read our First Timers tips and tricks.
The Patrol Challenge is a 3 pronged event - Photo Safari, Unique Activities, and a Scavenger Hunt. It’s for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors & Ambassadors - Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews and Sea Scouts. Teams are made up of independent Patrols of 3-8 Scouts. The playing field is Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange Counties. You can explore to the outer limits or you can stay in your back yard or anywhere in between – YOU DECIDE what you want to do and where you want to go. The next Patrol Challenge will be October 13-15, 2017.
The Scouts are given a list of clues to figure out, then they decide where to go and what to do. Photos are taken at the Photo Safari locations, Scavenger Hunt Items are collected and Unique Activities are completed. An example of Unique Activities are videoing a commercial about the Patrol Challenge, making a boat out of cardboard or bottles for their Adult Leader to row, or make cookies and bring them to a Fire or Police Station. We are constantly amazed at the creativity of the Scouts. You can see some of the commercials they created during the 2015 challenge at our Patrol Challenge Facebook Page. Final clues are given to the Scouts in October. But select Early Bonus Clues are available every month starting in May. Many Troops, Packs & Crews use these as their activity for the months leading up to the challenge.
Everything is done for points. The Patrols usually do a combination of Photo Safari, Scavenger Hunt, and Activities. But if you want to only work on clues from one or two categories, that's totally fine, the PC has tremendous flexibility. After all photos are taken, items are collected and activities are done the Patrols turn in everything to one central location on Sunday to end the event. It’s a festive carnival type atmosphere where Scouts can show off their treasures and swap stories of their weekend adventures. Our mascot is Bert the LA Sheriff Department Sergeant who happens to be a real camel! He shows up to take photos with the Scouts. Awards, ribbons, patches and full statistics of how each Patrol scored are given out at our our PC Awards Celebration.
The PC is done as a contest but that's a minor aspect. The major aspect is what it teaches to your Scouts.
- Self Sufficiency
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Time Management
- Communication Skills
- Courage to Speak to Others
- A Whole Lot of Life Lessons
- And the Big One – LEADERSHIP
Bottom line is it doesn’t matter who wins - what matters is that they will learn and they (AND YOU) will have fun doing it.
We look forward to Challenging you..........paul, jack, and jeff
The Patrol Challenge is set up so even young Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Juniors will be able to make decisions. Scouts are in charge, and adults pledge to stand back and let the Scouts lead. You will not find another activity that teaches leadership skills more than the Patrol Challenge.
|Who can participate?|
|Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts & Sea Scouts||Cub Scouts: Wolves, Bears, Webelos 1 & 2|
|Girl Scouts: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors||Girl Scouts: Brownies, Juniors|
Enjoy a few of the sailings and sinkings.