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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?