One of the most important factors in the Guide section was the degree of autonomy and responsibility given to Patrol Leaders. As well as leading their Patrol, organising Patrol activities, and sometimes outings, there was also a democratic structure in place, with each Patrol Leader representing her Patrol on the unit's governing body. Up until 1968 called the Court of Honour, thereafter Patrol Leader's Council, the unit's programme, discipline, and planning was done by the Patrol Leaders as a body, with advice and input from the Guide Leaders as required. As each Patrol Leader represented their Patrol, before the meeting they had to consult with their Patrol about the items on the agenda, and collect views. The Patrol Leaders were also expected to act as the office bearers of the Court/Council - to keep the minute book, chair the meetings, manage the unit investments.
Although some units use it more than others, the Patrol Leader's Council is still part of the Guide section.