Sizing a Club

Sizing is done to enable the Pathfinders to know in which order to fall in. When all Pathfinders are in attendance for a parade normally a Pathfinder will march in the same position after initial sizing. It is a Club decision as to which of the following formations are adopted.

A Parade with a Mixed Group of Boys and Girls.

  1. The tallest Pathfinders are at both ends of the column with the shortest Pathfinders in the middle. Counsellors fall in at rear of the column, after sizing is completed, ladies first then men.
  2. The markers will be preselected and will be the tallest Pathfinder boy or girl.
  3. To size the group the following commands are given

“Marker, fall IN”.

  1. The designated marker will come to “attention” and march onto the parade ground and halt at a designated spot and if necessary, turn to face the Director.
  2. The marker will then stand at ease.

“Tallest on the right, shortest on the left, rank SIZE”.

  1. The Pathfinders, including the marker, will come to “attention” and march onto the parade ground
  2. The Pathfinders will form up on the left of the markers and arrange themselves according to size, supervised by the Director.
  3. The club remains standing at “attention”.

“Pathfinders, NUMBER”

Commencing with the Right Marker, the Pathfinders will call consecutive numbers down the rank.

“Even Number Pathfinders, one pace backward MARCH”

  1. Every second Pathfinder will take one pace back to form a second line behind front rank
  2. The club remains standing at “attention”.

“From the right, by ranks, TELL OFF”.

  1. The front marker will call “front”, the Pathfinder on their left “centre”, the next Pathfinder “rear”, and so on down the front rank from right to left.
  2. The Pathfinder on the far left of the rear rank will tell off without breaking the sequence, and so on from left to right, ending at the second tallest Pathfinder.

“Front rank will right turn, rear rank will left turn, right and left TURN”.

  1. The ranks turn in the nominated direction.

“Form three ranks, quick MARCH.”

  1. The Marker marches forward three paces and halts.
  2. The rear rank wheels to the right and follows the front rank.
  3. Under the direction of the Director, each Pathfinder moves into the centre, rear or front rank upon arrival in their designated position.
  4. Each file, when completed, will turn to the front and remain at “attention”.
  5. Adjustments to the left flank, in the creation of blank files, will be made during dressing.

Common Faults

  1. Talking while sizing in a single rank.
  2. Slovenly movements on the march.
  3. Confusion at the point where the Pathfinder moves into the rank allotted.
  4. Lack of coordination when each file turns to the front.

“NUMBER”

A Parade with a Group of Boys leading a Group of Girls.

  1. Whether girls or boys form the leading group will be a Club decision.
  2. This model has the boys leading.
  3. The tallest Pathfinder boys are followed by the shortest boys, then the shortest girls, up to the tallest girls. Counsellors fall in at rear of the column, after sizing is completed, ladies first then men.
  4. The markers will be preselected and will be the tallest Pathfinder boy and girl.
  5. To size the group the following commands are given (figure 4.1):

“Marker, fall IN”.

  1. The designated boy marker will come to “attention” and march onto the parade ground and halt at a designated spot and if necessary, turn to face the Director.
  2. The marker will remain standing at “attention”.

“Tallest on the right, shortest on the left, boys front, girls rear, rank SIZE”.

  1. The Pathfinders will come to “attention” and march onto the parade ground with the girl marker falling in one pace behind the boy marker.
  2. The Pathfinders will form up on the left of the markers and arrange themselves according to size, supervised by the Director.
  3. The club remains standing at “attention”.

“From the right, by ranks, TELL OFF”.

  1. The boy marker will call “front”, the Pathfinder on his left “centre”, the next Pathfinder “rear”, and so on down the front rank from right to left.
  2. d.The girl Pathfinder on the far left of the rear rank will tell off without breaking the sequence, and so on from left to right, ending at the tallest girl marker.

“Front rank right turn, rear rank left turn, right and left TURN”.

  1. The ranks turn in the nominated direction.

“Form three ranks, quick MARCH.”

  1. The Marker marches forward three paces and halts.
  2. The rear rank wheels to the right and follows the front rank.
  3. Under the direction of the Director, each Pathfinder moves into the centre, rear or front rank upon arrival in their designated position.
  4. Each file, when completed, will turn to the front and remain at “attention”.
  5. Adjustments to the left flank, in the creation of blank files, will be made during dressing.

Common Faults

  1. Talking while sizing in single rank.
  2. Slovenly movements on the march.
  3. Confusion at the point where the Pathfinder moves into the rank allotted.
  4. Lack of coordination when each file turns to the front.

A Parade with Separate Groups of Boys and Girls.

  1. When it is customary for Pathfinder Clubs to march in separate groups, i.e. male and female, the method of sizing the club is as follows.
  2. Commands are for both boys’ and girls’ groups.

“Marker, fall IN”.

  1. The designated marker will come to attention, march onto the parade ground and halt at a designated spot and if necessary, turn to face the Director.
  2. The marker will remain standing at “attention”.

“Tallest on the right, shortest on the left, in single rank SIZE”.

  1. The Pathfinders will come to attention, march onto the parade ground and form up on the left of the marker and arrange themselves according to size, supervised by the Director.
  2. When in the position they will stand at “attention”.

“Pathfinders, NUMBER”.

  1. The Pathfinders number from right to left.
  2. The Director will ensure that the Pathfinder knows their number.

“Odd numbers one pace forward, even numbers one pace backwards, MARCH”.

  1. The Pathfinders will take a pace forward or to the rear, in accordance with their numbers.

“From the right, by ranks TELL OFF.”

  1. The marker will call “front”.
  2. The Pathfinder on the left will call “centre”, the next Pathfinder “rear”, and so on down the front rank from right to left.
  3. The Pathfinder on the far left of the rear rank will tell off without breaking the sequence, and so on from left to right.

“Front rank right turns, rear rank left turns, right and left TURN”.

  1. The ranks turn in the nominated directions.

“Form three ranks, quick MARCH.”

  1. The rear rank wheels to the right and follows the front rank.
  2. Under the direction of the Director, each Pathfinder moves into the centre, rear or front rank and upon arrival at their designated position, halts.
  3. Adjustments to the left flank, in the creation of blank files, will be made during dressing.