Chapter 5 - Managing Spirit and Traditions

Patrol Member Development

This section describes the phase and patrol traditions and symbols which have typically been used within Patrol Member Development from one year to the next.

Phase Traditions

Phase Symbols

Patrol Leader Spirit Award
The Idlevise (horn), carried by the Patrol Leader of the patrol earning the award that day.
Patrol Spirit Award
Totem with White Stag legend on it.
John Handy Award
Service Patrol symbol, a plumbers helper.
Color coded according to patrol and staff. See Patrol Traditions" below for more information on staves.

Patrol Traditions

Each patrol is to develop:

  • Instill first day:

    Patrol Names

    These names are based on the birds that frequent the Little Sur River basin and Pico Blanco Scout Reservation.


    (Lophortyx californicus)

    A small game-bird found in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Although capable of flight, quails live and nest primarily on the ground, where their softly colored plumage blends pro-tectively with their habitat. Quail sounds include the well known challenge note of the males, the four syllable answering whistle of the female, and the loud gathering call. Quail eat grain, seed, and insects. Quail roost in a close circle, bills facing out. When detected by an enemy, each bird darts forward and the flock is scattered.


    (Archilochus colubris)

    This bird is generally the smallest bird in existence and found all around the world. The plumage of the males is brilliant in coloration and distinctively iridescent, with jewel-like throat patches. Females are much less brilliant. They have a long, thin bill and tubular tongue especially adapted for sucking flower nectar, their main food source. Their feet are feeble, but they can beat their powerful wings 60 to 75 times per second. They are known for their willingness to attack enemies many times their size, and for the nest architecture.


    (Aqulla chrysaetos)

    A large diurnal bird of prey that has been a symbol of power and courage since ancient times. It is found everywhere on the world except in Antarctica and a few remote oceanic islands. The bird is characterized by stout legs, strong feet with sharp talons, and a strongly hooked beak that is as long as its head. The eyes are highly developed and give the bird binocular vision, unlike most birds. Their diet is mainly mammals, reptiles or fish. The pursuit flight is either swooping down or direct diving on the prey.


    (Zenaida asiatka)

    The traditional symbol of peace and love. A pigeon and a dove are the same bird, but a dove is conventionally the smaller species with long, pointed tails. The plumage is usually soft shades of dull colors with a large white patch on the wings and white corners on the tail. The dove's low cooing voice and amiable, affectionate disposition have made it the symbol it is.

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