The duty roster is the beginning of showing boys leadership and building a cohesive patrol team. It exercises the patrol leader to make sure everyone is gainfully contributing to the team. He must also learn to be fair and even when assigning tasks. The duty roster is the tool that builds the team. It is crucial that Patrol leaders exercise this monthly (or more often in their tenure).
What is a Duty Roster?
- " a list or plan showing turns of duty or leave in an organization"
- " a roster of a military unit showing what duties (as guard and kitchen police) each man has performed"
- "A duty roster is a schedule which assigns tasks, shifts, and missions to crew members. It is usually assembled by the primary officer or leader"
Having a duty roster not only helps keep your crew organized and minimizes the amount of time spent on campsite chores but also makes a measurable difference in crew member attitudes. Boys at this level put all they have learned in Scouting to develop a cohesive crew.
Requirement #4 of the Camping Merit Badge tasks the Scouts to do the following:
- Make a duty roster showing how your patrol is organized for an actual overnight campout. List assignments for each member.
- Help a Scout patrol or a Webelos Scout unit in your area prepare for an actual campout, including creating the duty roster, menu planning, equipment needs, general planning, and setting up camp.
As Scouts progress through the ranks, learning to a duty roster reinforces the progressive method of See it, Do it, Teach It. It is when a scout "teaches it" does he truly master and understand what needs to get done.