In Patrol Member Development you learn how to be an effective team member of a close-knit group. You’re taught about the responsibilities of group membership and how to contribute your leadership skills.

White Stag Sierra Phase 1 teaches you camping skills to help you feel more independent and able to take care of yourself. We also use the outdoor skills to help you learn leadership skills.

As a youth preparing to enter high school, you’ll learn:

  • Leadership means to help keep the group together and get the job done.
  • The responsibilities of a patrol member, individually and collectively.
  • How to assume leadership roles usually available to youth 11-13 years old, like:
    • School band section leader
    • Scout Patrol Leader
    • Team captain
    • 4-H club officer
    • Class officer
  • Five beginning leadership skills, including:
    • Setting the Example
    • Getting and Giving Information
    • Evaluation
    • Knowing and Using the Resources of the Group
    • The Patrol Method


To attend Phase 1 Patrol Member Development, you need to meet the following qualifications:

  • Be 11 years old. Or
    • Have graduated from the 5th grade.
  • Previous hiking or camping experience is helpful but not required.

What you do

You take an overnight backpack trip about 3-5 miles long. There are lots of team-related games, leadership development activities, and swimming, campfires, skits, songs, and lots of camp yells.

Space is limited

Save up to $50 if you pay your camp fees and turn in your application by May 16. Apply today!