Silent Scout Signals
A certain amount of drill is necessary for getting the Troop and Patrols into position for various activities and for moving the Troop with a semblance of order and smartness.
For this Scouting does not resort to military drill, but has developed its own technique, easily learned and considered by the boys as a game rather than a drill.
Main Features of Scout Drill
The main features of Scout drill are:
1. Alert Signal--In the Out-of-Doors: The Troop's special bird or animal call. In the Troop meeting room the leader raises his right hand in the Scout Sign high above his head, indicating "Attention," "Silence," "I have an announcement to make." If a formation is to follow, the leader takes a position, before making alert signal, facing the center of the formation he is going to call.
2. "Freezing" that is, becoming instantly immovable, or "frozen," on the alert signal. As soon as a Scout notices the sign, he stops what he is doing and puts up his hand in the same way. When everybody is making the sign, the leader lowers his hand. So do the boys and wait for the signal to follow.
3. Arm Signal by the leader indicating formation to be taken. This signal is held until all have fallen in.
4. The Troop Falls Into Position on the run, its center opposite the leader. The Patrol Leaders must be first in place since they are the key men of their Patrols' positions, The flanks of the formation should pick up their dressing automatically from the center. The Scouts stand at ease. It is necessary to establish a definite arrangement of the Patrols, so that each of them knows where to fall in.
5. The only Word-of-Mouth commands necessary are
and even these may be substituted by silent signals invented by the Troop.
SINGLE RANK FORMATION (TROOP LINE):
COUNCIL OR "U" FORMATION (HORSESHOE):
TROOP CIRCLE FORMATION:
OPEN COLUMN OF PATROLS:
CLOSE COLUMN OF PATROLS:
PARALLEL FILE FORMATION (PATROL FILES):
Movements of the Troop are usually made from The Column formations. The leader turns around, and precedes the Patrols throughout the movements.
MOVE FORWARD (FORWARD MARCH!:
TURN RIGHT OR LEFT (COLUMN RIGHT OR LEFT):
Informal Leadership Signals
Dan Beard's Stalking Gesture Signals
Scout Stave Positions: "Manual of the Staff"
A Troop Meeting which also uses the above silent hand signals.
Indian Ceremony for Opening a Council Fire
Boy Scout Initiation
The Song "Taps" in Sign
Traditional Tail Signs
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Last modified: October 15, 2016.