The PC is done as a contest but that's a minor aspect. The major aspect is what it teaches to your Scouts.

  • Teamwork
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiating
  • Researching
  • Camaraderie
  • Inquisitiveness
  • 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

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.

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

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 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. 

“Between elementary and high school, girls' self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys’, and only 1 in 5 girls believes she has the key qualities to be a leader”1 

Our girls have never done anything that required them to work together WITHOUT leader assistance for an entire weekend.  Could this even be true?  I brought it up to the Cadettes and they were all over it!!  At 5pm Friday they stood anxiously beside the printer waiting for the packet of clues.  Upon review they were excited, overwhelmed and nervous.  There was massive panic in the room and suddenly everyone started yelling out what items they had or what photo locations they knew about.  We were off to the races.  Sunday came too quickly and the girls have already started to talk about next year… strategies, clues, points… See you next year!!
Janice - Adult Leader
Sugar Skulls Patrol
GS Troop 15491 - Alhambra SU

The Patrol Challenge is by far the most exciting activity my daughter has done while in Girl Scouts.  She has discovered places that opened her mind to history and her surroundings.  She learns so many new things.  The best part of it all is that she gets to share these special moments with her Girl Scout sisters.  Thanks Paul and Jack for the way in which you have enriched our daughter’s lives.
Donyielle – Adult Leader
Junior Mint Delights Patrol
GS Troop 10195 - La Brea Heights SU

We all enjoy the clues and sharing our experiences with others.  We enjoyed laughing as our Troop Leader attempted to row 30 feet on a water bottle raft built by me and my Troop. 

Lucy – Cadette Girl Scout
Sherlock Holmies Patrol
GS Troop 7802 – North River SU

There is no better way to teach a Scout Leadership and teamwork than actual hands-on experience. The Patrol Challenge provides your Scouts with real world scenarios and circumstances to practice these skills.

You deserve a medal for this! This is my 3rd Patrol Challenge. Each time it has been a completely different experience.  Greatest experience for the Crew, and even the parents learned a bit more on how to be better parents!  Great for children to learn how to solve problems and work as a team. Super!
Cici - Adult Leader
Sherbet Elephants Patrol
BS Venture Crew 104 - Cahuenga District

WOW!!! Best time ever.  I had the opportunity to have been a part of 2 Patrol Challenges and had experiences that can never be repeated. 
Would I do it all over again...?  YES YES YES!
Arlene – Adult Leader
Pineapple Patrol
BS Troop 737 - Antelope Valley District

The Scout Patrol Challenge was a wonderful experience.  I learned to be able to talk with people. I didn’t think I could have this much fun in 1 weekend. 
Eric – Boy Scout
Dragon Patrol
BS Troop 349 – Balboa Oaks District

Thank you guys so much for putting on this event.  It challenges the Scouts like no other event or outing in Scouting.
Jeff - Adult Leader
Hyperactive Titans Patrol
BS Troop 10 – Balboa Oaks District
Who can participate?
Older Younger
Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts & Sea Scouts Cub Scouts: Wolves, Bears, Webelos 1 & 2
Girl Scouts: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors Girl Scouts: Brownies, Juniors
Scouts go to all sorts of usual and unusual places all over town.
See what they discover, enjoy a laugh and the good sense of humor we share in our 2015 PC Slideshow.
An optional activity was building a watercraft with duct tape and cardboard and then having an adult captain it!
Enjoy a few of the sailings and sinkings.

Watch the Patrol Challenge video and catch a glimpse of what we're all about!