Patrol Leadership Skills


Monmouth Council, BSA is conducting the Patrol Leadership Skills (PLS) training course again for all of your youth leaders. The course provides Scouts with an introduction to leadership fundamentals in the troop, plus the opportunity to learn new outdoor skills and to sharpen up old ones.


PLS is conducted as a multi-troop course where the participants form patrols in several Troops and function throughout the weekend as normal Scout Troops. Each patrol cooks their own meals from food provided. Discussion groups are held on the jobs and responsibilities of the Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, and Senior Patrol Leader. In addition, they learn how to conduct Patrol Meetings and Patrol Leaders’ Council and how to run a campfire. A portion of the weekend is spent participating in a Scout Skills Show & Do which covers several outdoor skills. Each patrol ends the weekend by competing in a Scout Skills Rally, using the Scout Skills covered in the Show & Do. There will be a meeting with the Course Director and the Home Troop Scoutmasters at 9:00am on Sunday morning. The weekend concludes with a meeting of course participants with their home Troop Scoutmaster at 11:00 am to discuss the course and further training.

Plan now to send all of your young Scouts who will benefit from this first exposure to Scout leadership and outdoor skills training. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide your Scouts with an experience that could benefit them and your Troop.


The course is intended for new leaders and potential leaders between the ages of 11 and 14. The course provides you with a convenient opportunity to introduce your Scouts to some of the basic skills of troop leadership and expose them to several Scouting outdoor skills. The course also provides your Scouts the growth experience of working together with other Scouts from outside the Troop.


This course is normally offered as a part of Veteran's Day Weekend in each November. Please talk to your Scoutmaster today about joining us for this fun-filled weekend.


Refund Policy: A credit can be issued as long as request to cancel your registration is received at least two weeks before the start of course. Registration fees can also be transferred to the following year course upon request.