Optional Section

This section contains elements of Pathfinders that are being used less around the country. As such they are being deprecated by the formal program.

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.

Guidons are optional.  If a club selects to have unit guidons the following procedures must be adhered to.

UNIT GUIDON

Blank guidons and 10 cm pathfinder emblems are available from the Adventist Book Centre. The guidon tapers from the pole side to the other side and has a “V” cut into the end.  The Pathfinder emblem is placed over the join of the blue & white fields.  The emblem is larger than the uniform emblem and is 10cm in height. The unit emblem, to match the unit name, is centred in the white area and can be painted, embroidered, stencilled or sewn on.

The dimensions of the guidon staff or pole are:

Height 1.7m
Diameter 2cm

The dimensions of the guidon are:

Height at pole side 35cm
Height at other side 28cm
Width 55cm
Depth of V at edge 20cm
Width of blue margin 10cm
Distance from top edge of the guidon to top of Pathfinder Triangle 7.5cm

 

Guidon Drill

The Order

This position is adopted by the guidon bearer when on parade and the parade is standing at ‘’attention’’.

The body is held in the position of ‘’attention’’ except that the right hand will hold the guidon perpendicular at the right side; wrist well behind the staff, thumb on the left and touching the leg, back of the hand to the right; fingers straight and together on the right side of the staff and slanting towards the ground, heal of the staff on the ground and touching the toe of the right foot.  The staff tucked into the right shoulder.

Stand at Ease

This position is adopted by the guidon bearer when on parade and the parade is standing ‘’at ease’’.

Leg and left arm movements are as for drill without guidons. The staff is pushed straight to the front by keeping the right arm straight and extended to its fullest position.  Care should be taken to ensure that the staff is grasped firmly and that the right shoulder does not droop.

On the command, ‘’Atten-TION’’, return to ‘’the order’’ position.

The Carry

This position is adopted before the command is given to ‘’Quick MARCH’’.

‘’Pathfinders, atten-TION’’.

‘’Guidon bearers, to the CARRY’’.

  1. The left arm bending at the elbow is snapped across the body to the right side in a horizontal position and grasped the staff between the thumb and forefinger of the left hand, fingers held together.
  2. The staff is released from the grip of the right hand, which then acts as a guide for the staff as the left hand raises the staff to a position with the left hand in line and pressed into the right shoulder. The staff must be held firmly into the right shoulder and the right hand is extended towards the ground and grips the staff.
  3. The left hand is cut to the side in a quick movement and commences to swing after the order ‘’quick MARCH’’ is given.

To Return to the Order Position from the Carry.

  1. This is done without command when the club is brought to a halt.
  2. The left arm bending at the elbow is snapped across the body to grasp the staff at the right shoulder.
  3. The staff is released from the grip of the right hand, which then acts as a guide for the staff as the left hand lowers the heel of the staff to the ground touching the toe of the right foot.
  4. The left arm is cut to the side.

Saluting

On parade, when the flag is raised, broken or lowered, hold the guidon in the ‘’order’’ position.

Do not salute.

March Past

During ‘’eyes right’’ on the march-past, the guidon is kept at ‘’the carry’’.  It is not dipped.

District Director Formal Inspection at Club Meeting – optional

Formation:  For a formal inspection by a District Director see “Formal Inspection procedure in a Club Meeting” if in units or see “Formal Inspections” if the whole club is in rank and file.

Uniforms: Since the Pathfinders have been notified of a formal inspection, a week or more in advance, it is expected that they will be in complete Pathfinder uniforms, with insignia attached correctly, cleaned and neatly pressed.

Sashes with honour tokens will be worn by those who have earned them.  This will encourage the obtaining and wearing of these items in the club.

Personal Appearance:   This area of the inspection will include the neatness and personal appearance of each Pathfinder.  Face, hands & fingernails will be clean.  Hair should be neatly groomed.  Posture should be correct and standing at the position of ‘’Attention’’.

Courtesy:  When the inspection is being made, some of the Pathfinders may be asked questions, which should be answered politely.  There will be absolutely no talking during any formation while the Pathfinders are at the position of ‘’attention’’ or ‘’at ease’’.

Throughout the entire inspection of the club, the Pathfinders will be observed for their courtesy to their leaders and to one another.

Drill: At the end of the inspection, before they are dismissed, have the club run through a few of the simple drill movements.  In many clubs, the drill area may be limited.  However, the following movements may be executed correctly and precisely;

  1. Right dress
  2. Stand easy & stand at ease
  3. Right & left turn
  4. About turn

Discipline: Pathfinders will be observed to see if they obey orders promptly.  Their classes will be observed to see if they are attentive and listen to instructions and other information that is given.  During any devotional part of the program, the Pathfinders will need to be especially reverent.

Crafts: Craft classes will be observed for neatness, and care of the craft tools and supplies.  The level of interest and ability will be noted.

Club Meeting Program: The club program should be well planned, balanced and conducted as scheduled.  The meeting should open & close on time and all other segments should begin & end at the appointed period.  The following should be included:

  1. Opening prayer
  2. Opening & closing flag ceremonies
  3. Pledge & Law
  4. Director’s information
  5. Closing prayer                                   

Club Flag: Each club, if at all possible, should have a Pathfinder flag and should receive credit for having their flag at the inspection.

(If the club elects to have unit guidons they should be displayed correctly and receive appropriate credit).

Club Meeting Formal Inspection procedure – optional

Director:                           ‘’The deputy director will now inspect the units’’.

Deputy Director:             Marches to the first unit and gives the command:

‘’ ….. Unit Atten-TION’’

After inspecting the unit, the deputy director gives the command:

‘’…. Unit, stand at EASE’’.

Then moves onto the next unit.

Deputy Director: comments on points earned or deducted, and then these are recorded by the secretary.

OPTIONAL SALUTING

These salutes are Optional, at the discretion of the Director

Saluting to the Front at the Halt.

“Pathfinders, to the front SALUTE.”

  1. The right arm is kept straight and raised sideways, the palm of the hand down, fingers extended and together, thumb close to the forefinger.
  2. In the instant the arm becomes horizontal, bend the elbow; with the upper arm steady bring the hand to the head palm out, so that the tip of the forefinger is 25 mm over the right eye.
    1. In this position, the upper arm is horizontal and at right angles to the right side, the forearm, wrist and fingers in one straight line.
  3. The right hand is cut to the side by forcing the elbow to the side and straightening the arm; the fingers are curled, and the muscles of the forearm are flexed during the downward travel to the position of “attention”.
  4. This drill movement can be taught in two parts and is given as “By numbers, salute to the front, Pathfinders, ONE”, and the movement is carried out as detailed in ‘a’; “-TWO”, and the completion of the salute is carried out as detailed in ‘b’.

Common Faults

  1. Leaning to the left, straining the muscles, leaning backwards, holding the chin up, or forcing the head forward.
  2. Elbow forward; forearm, wrist and fingers not in a straight line.
  3. Hand too high or too far over toward the centre of the forehead.
  4. Hand tilted forward, fingers not together.
  5. Sliding the hand up in front of the face.
  6. Dropping the hand before dropping the elbow.
  7. Moving the body and the left arm.
  8. Flipping the right hand to the rear before resuming the position of “attention”. 

Saluting to the Right at the Halt.

“Pathfinders, to the right SALUTE.”

  1. Turn the head and eyes square to the right.
  2. At the same instant bring the hand to the position as previously taught for saluting to the front except that the right elbow, forearm, wrist and hand must be drawn slightly to the rear, without turning the body, so that the right eye can look along the palm of the right hand.
    The eyes are to look

    1. Their own height from the ground.
    2. Into the eyes of the official saluted.
    3. Directly at the colour or flag being saluted.
  3. Turn the head and eyes to the front.  At the same time cut the right hand to the side.
  4. This drill movement can be taught by numbers with the command “By numbers, salute to the right, Pathfinders ONE”, and the movement is carried out as detailed in ‘a’; “-TWO”, and the completion of the salute is carried out as detailed in ‘b’.

Common Faults

  1. Leaning forward, looking along the back of the hand or not looking the officer squarely in the face.
  2. Hand too high.
  3. Left shoulder allowed to come forward.

Saluting to the Left at the Halt.

“Pathfinders, to the left SALUTE.”

  1. Turn the head and eyes square to the left.
  2. In the same instant bring the hand to the position as previously taught for saluting to the front except that the right hand must be pushed across to the left in order to adopt the correct position over the right eye.
  3. The eyes are to look;
    1. Their own height from the ground.
    2. Into the eyes of the official saluted.
    3. Directly at the colour or flag being saluted.
  4. Turn the head and eyes to the front.
  5. At the same time cut the right hand to the side.
  6. This drill movement can be taught by numbers with the command “By numbers, salute to the left, Pathfinders ONE”, and the movement is carried out as detailed in ‘a’; “-TWO”, and the completion of the movement is carried out as detailed in ‘b’.

Common Faults

  1. Turning the shoulder to the left and allowing the right shoulder to drop forward.
  2. Not allowing the right hand to move over to its correct position.
  3. Dropping the wrist.