The Scout troop is a unit of Scouts that meet weekly. This is the section for those aged 11 to 15. This section has a slightly broader choice of activities as their members are slightly more mature.
The troop is the fundamental unit, which a Scout joins and via which he or she participates in Scouting activities, such as camping, longer and overnight hikes, frequent sleepovers, BBQs in the summer, a longer summer camp and national competitions where they test their knowledge on scouting skills against other groups from across the island.. The troop leadership, organizes and provides support for these activities. Troops work on badges and awards together, and arrange activities, events, and campings together.
Each troop is divided into patrols of five to ten Scouts. A patrol's independence from the troop depends between activities. For instance, a troop typically holds ordinary meetings as a unit. Patrols' autonomy becomes more visible at campings where normally each activity is designed for a friendly competitions beween patrols. However, in an activity which only a small part of the troop attends, divisions between patrols may disappear entirely.
A key component of the Scout method is that troops are run by the Scouts under the advice and guidance of adult leaders. The patrol method is the most common way that troops are run. This is when Scouts are organised in small groups. These patrols are therefore more important than the Scout troop. Patrols must be kept intact under all circumstances, including working, tenting, learning, cooking, and surviving together. In a Patrol the Scouts learn to work with others, while the Patrol leader learns responsibility for others. Both have to give up part of their personal interest for this. However, Scouting deals with the individual, not with the Company. A Scout has his own identity within the group and learns as an individual. The Patrol serves as the character school for the individual.