Scouting is a Movement of youth, supported by adults; it is not a Movement for the youth managed by adults. Scouting should provide a learning community of Youth and adults, working together in a partnership of enthusiasm and experience.
Youth Involvement is a fundamental element of the Scout method. The patrol system is not only a way of working in small groups, it is the basis of a system for involving Youth in decision making. The patrol system is a powerful tool.
“The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting must be carried on. It is the only method.”
—Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder