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Senior Patrol Leader Training Program

"A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm"

                                                                                   ~Henrik Ibsen

Experience has shown that troops with the most qualified and capable SPL's have the best experiences at Emerald Bay. To ensure that your unit makes the most of your experience here, we invite you to send your Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and one buddy to camp three days early to participate in the Emerald Bay SPL Training. This program will help your SPL to effectively lead your unit through camp, and to develop skills that improve the functioning of the troop the rest of the year.

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Program participants will experience all the activites that will be available to your troop, in addition to an overnight canoe trip to a pristine beach. They will learn how to take full advantage of the week at Emerald Bay by scheduling troop activities like kayaking trips, mountain biking, and barbecues on the beach. They will be able to guide your troop from their first step off the dock to their departure a week later, and well into the weeks following camp.

One of the cornerstones of this program is the individualized attention that the program provides for the youth leaders.  Even after the troop arrives, our staff will provide feedback and support to SPL program participants to ensure they are successfully applying the lessons they learned during the training.  SPLs will develop these valuable skills and impart them to the troop’s other youth leaders. And consider this -- since the youth leaders will be running the troop, adult leaders and scoutmasters can relax and enjoy their week at Emerald Bay even more!


The Goals of the Senior Patrol Leader Training Program:

• To give the SPL a thorough orientation to Emerald Bay, so that he can be a more effective leader and guide for the troop.

• To help the SPL improve his leadership skills and maximize his use of the patrol method.

• Improve the SPL’s ability to make ethical choices, thus enabling him to resolve conflicts and serve as a positive role model for the scouts in the troop


Register Online for the SPL Training Program!


Cost is only $200/participant, including all transportation, activities, accomodations and food.

If an adult is traveling with the Scouts for the SPL program, we welcome them to hang around camp and can participate in the activities but we ask they remove themselves from the classroom portions. The cost for an adult to come with is $200. If you wish to have an adult accompany the Scouts please contact the