Patrol Gear Overview

Each patrol is given the following list of "patrol gear" to use, manage and maintain for the duration of the patrol's existence from it's creation after Cub Scout cross over until all of the scouts age out of the patrol when they turn 18.
  • 2 tents
  • 1 two burner propane stove
  • 1 propane lantern
  • 1 axe & saw
  • 1 dining fly with poles and stakes
  • 1 patrol box full of cooking gear & supplies

The patrol as a whole is responsible for cleaning and storing the gear in between outings at one or more of the scout’s homes. Patrol gear is not stored at the church.

It's the responsibility of the patrol quartermaster (QM) to keep track of who is in possession of all of the gear at any point in time. It is not necessarily the QM's job to store and maintain all of the gear for the entire patrol himself. Typically the scouts decide how to divide up the gear in a way they all think is fair and practical.

As the patrol roster changes over time the gear will change hands too. The patrol QM position will also typically change from year to year. However, whoever the QM is at any point in time, they should be able to tell who's garage, basement or bedroom any piece of equipment is stored in.

Patrol gear inspections are typically held twice per year and are posted on the troop calendar. On a patrol gear inspection night all of the gear is to be brought to the troop meeting to be reviewed by the troop QM and adult QM adviser.

In the inspection:

1. Both tents get completely set up inside the church. Zippers and clips are checked, stakes are counted and the tent overall is inspected for general ware and damage. Any mud is washed off and a shop vac is available for any loose leaves or other debris found inside the tent.

2. The patrol boxes are emptied out completely in the church kitchen and the boxes themselves are cleaned if necessary.

3. The entire content is checked against the list of what it should contain. Anything missing is noted. Anything with the wrong number on it (indicating it belongs to a different patrol) is turned in to be given back to the correct patrol. Anything dirty gets cleaned and dried before being put back in the box.

4. The patrol stove is tested in the parking lot to make sure both burners are OK.

5. The patrol lantern is tested in the parking lot and new mantels are issued if necessary.

6. The dining fly is inspected for any rips and missing stakes or ropes.

7. The axe or hatchet can be sharpened by the scouts at that time if desired. A file and sharpening stone is available in the troop toolbox.

If any gear is broken or worn out it gets fixed or replaced that night or as soon as is possible by the troop QM or adviser.

If any gear is lost it is the responsibility of the patrol to replace it by reimbursing the troop for it. See the troop policy on the webpage for depreciation values.