The 10 best patrol name ideas among 2017 March Madness teams

Eagles and Tigers and Bearcats? Oh my!

A look at the nicknames of all 68 teams in the 2017 NCAA Tournament reveals some great ideas for patrol names.

Here, the 10 best patrol nicknames taken from this year’s March Madness field.

10. Hurricanes

School: University of Miami

Why it’s cool: Wild, unpredictable and occasionally destructive. Does that describe any Scout patrols you know?

9. Blue Raiders

School: Middle Tennessee State University

Why it’s cool: This one makes me think of Indiana Jones — Raider of the Lost Ark and Life Scout. It’s like that only … bluer.

8. Wolverines

School: University of Michigan

Why it’s cool: One name, two images of awesomeness. There’s the large mammal that’s part of the weasel family and the clawed mutant who’s part of the X-Men family.

7. Golden Eagles

School: Marquette University

Why it’s cool: Three other schools in the tournament are Eagles: Winthrop, North Carolina Central and Florida Gulf Coast. It’s a popular name in Scouting, too, , but are there any Golden Eagle patrols?

6. Mustangs

School: Southern Methodist University

Why it’s cool: It just sounds like the patrol name John Wayne would choose. Bonus: There’s also a popular sports car with this name.

5. Gators

School: University of Florida

Why it’s cool: Gators are clumsy on land but powerful in the water, making them an ideal patrol name for Scouts who feel most at home in the water.

4. Norse

School: Northern Kentucky University

Why it’s cool: Vikings engaged in some questionable practices, but hey, it was the 10th century! Today’s Scouts who choose a Viking-themed patrol name channel the adventurous side of these Nordic people.

3. Catamounts

School: University of Vermont

Why it’s cool: A word derived from the term “cat of the mountain,” catamounts are wild cats. They’ll summit mountains with ease, but don’t try herding them.

2. Privateers

School: University of New Orleans

Why it’s cool: A privateer, according to the Mariners Museum, is “any individual granted license by their government to attack shipping belonging to an enemy government, usually during a war.” While Scouts aren’t the type to break laws, it’s still fun to be a pretend pirate. Side note: Notice the fleur-de-lis in the Privateers’ logo?

1. Mountaineers

Schools: West Virginia University and Mount St. Mary’s University

Why it’s cool: Scouts are modern-day mountaineers, climbing peaks from coast to coast. While others their age vie for videogame victories, Scouts achieve real-world greatness.

What’d I miss?

What team nickname would you add to this list?


  1. Of course, any patrol that used “Wolverines” would have to listen to their middle-aged, child-of-80s leaders scream “WOLVERIIIIINES!” as they re-live the glory of Red Dawn over and over….

  2. In my troop we have a patrol that has been the Viking Patrol for over 20 years (although the modifier has been changed often enough, from the Mighty Vikings to the Vicious Vikings to the latest Savage Vikings). I myself was a Viking back when I was a Scout, so it’s nice to see they have kept the name a generation later. 🙂

  3. How about the Virginia Tech Hokies? Definitely a different name with a cool history. The Dayton Flyers is somewhat like one of the patrols in our troop: the Spitfires.

  4. just curious, since this discussion is going on….is there a guideline on patrol names being singular or plural For example, is it the Vicious Viking Patrol, or Vicious Vikings Patrol?

    • Traditional patrol patches were singular creatures/objects, so Wolf patrol, Flaming Arrow patrol, etc … most names are singular. So, on a flag or gateway you’ll see the singular (if it’s written at all).

      But when addressing the boys by patrol names, a leader may use plural. E.g. … “Camping assignments: Wolves 100 yards north of the adult’s site, Flaming Arrows 100 years east, Cobras 100 yards west.”

      Or not. That may be how I’ve seen things used, but it’s a big country, and we should allow leaders to do things a a little differently.

    • The Insignia Guide does not explicitly state the start of position #2 … only that position 3 begins some 4″ down from the shoulder.

      And, although it looks like this scout measured out a long four inches after joining the mustang patrol. I refuse to be disappointed. The badge magic residue looks like there was another patch in that position … Honor Guard, maybe? So I’d be inclined to ignore what’s on that shirt and want to know the story of who is underneath it.

  5. Our “BSA Lone Scouts 13* family unit” (*13=1 Single Dad + 3 Minor Youths) came up with the “patrol name” ….”FIRE OWLS!” So inspired after enjoying two films and the animal (placed upon our family Coat-of-Arms) — FOLLOW ME BOYS and SCOUT CAMP-The Movie!
    Trust in the creativity of our young ones today and tomorrow! 🙂
    Aye, Capt. Rick.

  6. Although they do not have a link to March Madness, I’m kind of partial to a couple of patrol names.

    There is a high school in Port Lavaca, TX [along the coast, if you didn’t figure out from “Port”] – the “Fightin’ Sandcrabs” of Calhoun County.

    Another is one chosen by my grandson and other patrol mambers – the “Biohazards”, complete with the black-on-yellow Biohazard symbol.

  7. Oregon Ducks! For the patrol who
    a) likes making duck call sounds to find each other in the backcountry,
    b) doesn’t mind rain because it goes right off their backs, or
    c) is good at dodging incoming snowballs

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