Scout Patrol Emblems

Nineteen Canadian animals and their symbolic meanings

By Scouter Liam Morland, February 2002

Scout troops are made up of groups of six to eight Scouts called a patrol. Every patrol chooses an animal to be its emblem. A patrol animal is not just a handy way of identifying a patrol. The Scouts should take pride in their animal and strive to imitate its positive characteristics.

Baden-Powell (nd:40) wrote that patrols should choose local animals. Below are nineteen suggested patrol animals, their crest (available from Canadian Scout Shops), and what the animals represent. These animals are all native to Canada. After the Scouts decide on a patrol emblem, they may wish to make a patrol flag. See "Scout Patrol Flags" for more information.

For each animal, there is a link to Canadian Wildlife Service's Hinterland Who's Who, a great source of information about Canadian wildlife.

Bat Patrol crest Bat Patrol
Adaptability & knowing the unseen.
Bear Patrol crest Bear Patrol
Black Bear or Grizzly
Strength & intuition.
Beaver Patrol crest Beaver Patrol
Engineering & resourcefulness.
Buffalo Patrol crest Bison Patrol
North American Bison
Intelligence & teamwork.
Blue Jay Patrol crest Blue Jay Patrol
Blue Jay
Confidence & efficiency.
Cougar Patrol crest Cougar Patrol
Leadership & teaching.
Coyote Patrol crest Coyote Patrol
Cleverness & bursts of energy.
Deer Patrol crest Deer Patrol
White-tailed Deer
Co-operation & independence.
Eagle Patrol crest Eagle Patrol
Bald Eagle
Alertness & ingeniousness.
Falcon Patrol crest Falcon Patrol
Peregrine Falcon
Observant & good timing.
Fox Patrol crest Fox Patrol
Red Fox or Arctic Fox
Diplomacy & cunning.
Hawk Patrol crest Hawk Patrol
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, or Northern Goshawk
Messenger & being aware of the big picture.
Lynx Patrol crest Lynx Patrol
Canada Lynx
Co-operation & climber.
Moose Patrol crest Moose Patrol
Courageous & observant.
Owl Patrol crest Owl Patrol
Great Horned Owl or Snowy Owl
Wisdom & clairvoyance.
Polar Bear Patrol crest Polar Bear Patrol
Polar Bear
Adaptability & survival.
Raccoon Patrol crest Raccoon Patrol
Curiosity & dexterity.
Wolf Patrol crest Wolf Patrol
Perseverance & teaching.
Wolverine Patrol crest Wolverine Patrol
Endurance & strength.


Baden-Powell, Lord Robert.
nd. Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship Through Woodcraft. Scout Brotherhood Edition. Scouts Canada.