Silent Scout Signals

ASSEMBLE
Signal: Leader raises right arm and makes a circular motion.
Execution: Troop gathers near leader.
Uses: To stop activity and get close in order to be given instructions.

PARALLEL FILE FORMATION (PATROL FILES)
Signal: Arms extended forward at shoulder height, palms together.
Execution: Patrol leaders take positions two paces apart, their Scouts fall in behind them.
Uses: For relays and other games.

TROOP CIRCLE FORMATION
Signal: Leader raises arms sideways 45 degrees, then swings them from front to rear and back several times.
Execution: Patrols form a complete circle around the leader in same order as in Troop Line.
Uses: For ceremonies and circle games.

COUNCIL OR “U” FORMATION (HORSESHOE)
Signal: Leader raises arms from the sides, sideways about 45 degrees, palms toward the body.
Execution:
Scouts fall in, in a single line semi-circle around leader.  Patrols observe same order of sequence as in Troop Line, though patrol leaders fall in on the right of their patrols.
Uses: For demonstrations, announcements or special ceremonies.

SINGLE RANK FORMATION (TROOP LINE)
Signal: Leader extends both arms horizontally, parallel to the line he wishes troop to take (with his palm turned front if he wants patrols in front of him; with palm turned back if he wants Patrols behind him).
Execution: Patrol leaders take up position in front of the center of their patrols. Patrols fall in line two paces behind their leaders, with a two-pace interval between patrols. Assistant patrol leader is on right of patrol, the other members on his left in order of sequence established by the patrol. The line dresses right without command.
Uses: For general line-up. For inspection in meeting room.

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