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Troop 1203 embraces the Patrol Method of Scouting. The Patrols of Troop 1203 participate in the Patrol Recognition program described below.

In January of 2009, Troop 1203 implemented a Patrol Recognition program to encourage and reinforce positive Patrol behaviors. Each Patrol was awarded a new Patrol flagstick. Patrols are now encouraged to make a new patrol flag during each Leadership period (about 6 months). This promotes Patrol member identity with their flag and the flastick serves as a coo stick for collecting Patrol Recognition feathers. At the end of a leadership period, the outgoing Patrol Leader keeps the Patrol Flag and a new flag is created. The flagstick is reused.

The Patrol Recognition program is defined and administered by the PLC with guidance from the Asistant Scoutmaster Patrol Advisors. Positive reinforcement of good Patrol behaviors is the key to the program. A colored feather is awarded for various Patrol behaviors. The table below defines our current defnition of Patrol Recognition awards:

 Feather      Color  Patrol Behavior  Behavior Description
 GREEN    Make Patrol Flag    New Patrol Flag each Leadership Period
 RED    Hold Patrol Meeting  Hold 1 Patrol Meeting per Month
 BLUE    Best Patrol Attendance %  Patrol with largest attendance percentage at Troop Meetings
 TURQUOISE    Best Inspection Score %  Patrol with largest Inspection Percentage at Monthly Inspections
 BLACK    Win A Patrol Competition  Patrol that Wins a Patrol Competition
 YELLOW    Sun Protection 100%  100% of Patrol Attendees bring Sun Protection (HH:SS) on Outing
 ORANGE    Patrol Service Project  Patrol Performs a Service Project preapproved by the PLC
 PINK    Patrol Member Advances  Patrol Member Advances One Rank
 PURPLE    Scoutmaster Challenge  Patrol accomplishes a specific challenge defined by the Scoutmaster