Patrol Leader Handbook

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Patrol Leader Handbook

Cover of the 2019 edition[1]
First edition:1929-1967, 1st Edition[2]
Latest edition:© 2018, 2018 Printing,
6th Edition[3]
BSA Supply Number:647788
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The Patrol Leader Handbook is for new patrol leaders and provides guidance for leading troop and patrol activities at troop or patrol meetings and on the trail. Completely revised for 2019, the Patrol Leaders Handbook is an important resource for youth troop leaders.

Table of Contents

  1. Opportunity and Challenge–Welcome to the Position of Patrol Leader
  2. Building Patrol Spirit
  3. Your Patrol and Your Troop
  4. Leading Patrol Meetings
  5. Leading Patrol Activities
  6. Being a Good Leader
  7. Other Patrol Leadership Positions

Previous editions

Patrol Leader Handbook editions
Edition[3] Title Cover Published Doc. No. SKU Notes
1st Handbook for Patrol Leaders © 1929-1965
34 Printings
Three different covers
2nd Patrol Leader's Handbook © 1967
4 Printings
n/a Patrol and Troop Leadership Handbook © 1972
7 Printings
General leadership guide
3rd The Official Patrol Leader Handbook © 1980
10 Printings
n/a Junior Leader Handbook © 1990
?? Printings
General leadership guide
4th The Patrol Leader Handbook © 2002-2008
?? Printings
32502 32502 Download (2010 Printing) Adobe Acrobat PDF
Troop Leadership Positions Adobe Acrobat PDF

(an excerpt (pp. 43-48))
5th Patrol Leader Handbook © 2017
1 Printing
32502 633363
6th Patrol Leader Handbook © 2018
1 Printing
32502 647788


  1. The Scout Shop first listed this 2019 edition on its website in January 2019 and advertised it as "completely revised for 2019," but the copyright date and first printing are listed as 2018.
  2. Snowden, Jeff. A Brief Background of the Patrol Leader Handbook (BSA). Adventure Troop 97 Scouting. Retrieved January 15, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 After 1990, BSA ceased numbering Patrol Leader Handbook editions. Editions after 1990 are equivalent editions.

See also

Related training

Advanced training

Youth (including Venturers and Sea Scouts under 21 years old)

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