Drill and Marching
- The Pathfinder definition of marching for this manual is:
- To walk with regular and measured tread; advance in step in an organised body
- The Pathfinder Club uses marching as a method of;
- instilling positive discipline into the Pathfinder,
- moving the Pathfinder from one activity to another in an orderly way,
- when in the public eye, move as an organised body
Drill & Marching Honours Links
There are two honours for drill and marching find the details below.
How to use this website
- This website is based on the Australian Military Drill Manual, modified to suit Pathfinder Clubs in the Australian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Commands – Word/s of the command are enclosed in quotation marks. The executive stage of the command is shown in CAPITAL LETTERS. g. Director: “Pathfinders, about TURN.”.
- Basic Drill & Marching for New Leaders Drill and Marching movements which are most common to club and conference programs.
- Parade Marshal Prior to a Parade familiarises yourself with the section on Fairs, Rallies and Camporees and duties of a Parade Marshal. You will also find useful documents in the Sample Instruction Documents.
- March Music for Pathfinders suggested music for Pathfinder events.
- Sample Instruction Documents These must be read in conjunction with the main manual sections. An experienced Parade Marshall may adapt these documents to suit their local needs. Club Directors may utilise or adapt the D&M patterns, songs and cadences to promote marching as an enjoyable Pathfinder activity.
- Optional Drill and Marching movements and formations which may be utilized by club choice e.g. use of club guidons, club meeting formation and others as specified.
Note: If a club chooses to use an optional Drill and Marching formation/movement, they are required to follow this manual e.g. use of guidons on a march-past.
- All photos and videos are to be viewed as general guides only for Drill and Marching movements. Please read the instruction text carefully and refer to your local District Director/ Parade Marshall for specific advice and guidance.
- No Pathfinder uniform hats are shown in the photos/videos as each conference chooses their own official uniform hat.
Note: Photos and videos of saluting directors are shown wearing the official leaders’ hat of the Australian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Reproduction of this material is permitted in the context of leadership training. It is not to be used for commercial purposes. All photographs, videos and illustrations in this manual are the property of the Australian Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Conferences and Missions in the South Pacific Division are encouraged to be creative in the delivery of the training to suit their local needs.
Changes from old manual
- Dismiss: Turn to the right, count 4 and move off.
- Flag bearer drill: Flag bearer places left hand behind back as for stand at ease, not by their side.
- Formations: Added advice regarding the number of files per number of Pathfinders.
- Guidons: Club guidons now optional
- Halt: Take one check pace and bring the feet together. The order is given on right foot.
- Hats: Formal removal and replacement of hats discontinued.
- Right dress: Look right and front rank raise their right arm not left arm.
- Saluting: Only the club director salutes for all formal occasions except where a colour bearer receives/hands over their flag.
- Scribes: Scribe’s position and formal fee collection discontinued.
New Areas Added
- March music suggestions
- Sample instruction documents
- Optional section