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Simple Troop formations are necessary for orderliness and smartness, and for getting the Patrols lined up quickly for games and projects.

These formations call for a certain amount of drill - the Scout type of drill, using silent hand signals, and not the military drill with its barked commands.

SCOUT DRILL described further.

The most useful Troop Formations are these:

Single Rank and Double Rank Formation for general Troop line-up, inspection, and line games.

Parallel File Formation (Indian file by Patrols) for relay games.

Council or "U" Formation - for investitures and other ceremonies.

Circle Formation - for circle games, for watching demonstrations and for camp fire.

Open Columns and Closed Columns by Patrols-for marching, for special reviews and parades.

Since Scout drill treats drill as a game, to be enjoyed just as much as any other game, the point is to drill just enough to take care of possible needs.   Never overdo it to the point where the boys tire of it.

When Scout Dill is first introduced, a couple of minutes' practice in it may be included in the program for a few meetings.

When the boys have become familiar with the silent signals and the formations that go with them, no further special practice is necessary.

They will then fall naturally into formation when a signal is given.

See: Scoutcraft Presentation






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