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Junior Leader Training -- White Stag Leadership Development

Patrol Leader Development Program

In Patrol Leader Development (Phase 2), campers learn the skills of small group leaders. They are exposed to advanced levels of leadership competencies and are given guided opportunities to lead a small group. They will go on one two-night backpacking trip of about 5-12 miles total distance.

Patrol Leader Development teaches youth the how of leadership.


Phase 2 Patrol Leader Development is for youth:

  • Ages 13 to 14 (or have completed the 7th grade, or with approval of Phase Leader and Director, or who have previously completed Phase 1).
  • Who have some camping experience and skills.
  • Who have some overnight backpacking experience, preferably having completed two 5-mile hikes.
  • Completed Level 1 (Prior attendance of earlier levels is encouraged, but not necessarily required.)

Likely Roles at Home

Current or future:

  • Troop Senior Patrol Leader or other troop office
  • Vice-president 4-H
  • Class or club officer
  • School class officer
  • Athletic team member


For leaders and potential leaders of patrols. They are exposed to all leadership competencies in carrying out the responsibilities of a leader of 6-9 others. The youth develop:

  • An understanding of basic principles of leadership;
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of small groups;
  • Understanding of the functions and responsibilities of the leader;
  • Awareness of the resources available to the small group;
  • The ability to relate the operation of a small group to the main (larger) body;
  • An understanding of group operations and leadership roles of a group of several small groups;
  • Knowledge of membership roles in the staff groups.
  • Understanding of their own competency to function as a small group leader.


The candidates in Phase II, Patrol Leader Development, will develop an intermediate level competency in:

  • Setting the Example
  • Manager of Learning
  • Controlling the Group
  • Representing the Group
  • Sharing Leadership

They develop a basic level competency in:

  • Counseling
  • Manager of Learning, specifically goal and objectives

Phase II candidates typically hike into camp on Day One; take a day hike in the form of an extended "Adventure Trail" towards the middle of the week; and also take a three to five mile overnight hike.

The patrols are led by candidate-elected Patrol Leaders who rotate jobs on a daily basis. They are advised by a Youth Staff Patrol Counselor. The concept of "hurdles" is introduced. Learning is motivated via these overt "Guided discoveries," precipitating the need to learn the leadership competencies. special events, including the Adventure Trail, are planned.

Space is limited

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