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Notice the uniform. This individual is presenting the front, left side, shoulder loop. and the right side.

Shoulder Loops:
The shoulder loops tells us what patrol we belong. This particular individual is wearing the Hawk shoulder loop indicating he is the the woodlands patrol and a hawk. Woodlands has three levels. Foc (age 5-6), Hawk (age 7-8), and Mountain Lion (age 9-10). From there we have Navigator (age 11-14) and Adventurers (15-17).


Inside the Navigator and Adventurer there are other positions and responsibilities added. Such as leader, first officer, second officer, quatermaster, and more.

Registered Adults will have a sperate loop indicating if they are a Registered adult without a patrol, or a loop showing what patrol they are in charge of.

Right side:

Take not to the right side of the trailman. 1/4" Below the seam is our troop number. Each troop has their unique number. For our troop, it is TX-777. We have the patch reading 777 and Texas underneath the number. We supply the troop number badge.

Left Side

On the left you have the american flag. This is to show we are proud of our nation and what the flag represents. The flag stars are facing the direction we walk. This is to symbolize a troop carrying the flag and as it marches the stripes will naturally move towards the back. 

1/4" under the flag, a trailman can weaqr a badge with their denomination and christian heritage. The picture shows the Lutheran Rose to signify the individual is from the Lutheran Heritage. 

Standing at Attention

Notice the trailman is standing at attention. This positing is necessary when you are awaiting the entrance of the flag. The trailman is attentive, listening, and showing respect. From this position the trailman will salute the flag during the flag ceremony and posting of the colors. There will be a command to salute. 

Notice the arms are on the side and a fist is made with the hand. The thumbs are on the outside of the fist and the thumbs run along the seems of the pants.


Take note how the trailman in the pictures above is saluting.

With no head cover:

You salute with the right arm, shoulders back, elbow is at shoulder level, and the hand is touching the corner of the right eybrow. The fingers come together as tight and level as possible. The hand is canted slightly toward the ground.

With head cover:

You salute with the right arm, shoulders back, elbow is at shoulder level, and the hand is touching the brim of the cap. The fingers come together as tight and level as possible. The hand is canted slightly toward the ground.

Saluting is a long standing tradition to show a sign of respect to those in charge, and to those you decide earn the salute. The American  soldier  and trailmensalute is a powerful symbol of respect, trust, and honor, used to show deference to the United States flag, individuals in charge, and other uniformed personnel. By understanding the proper etiquette and protocols surrounding the salute, you can show your respect and pride in your military service.

Please click on Flag Etiquette to lean when to salute with the American Flag

Trailman Handshake and Motto


The  Trailman will great other Trailman with the Trailman Handshake. This handshake is different than the traditional clasping of a hand from the other individual. Instead the Trailmen will grab the writs of the other Trailman. This is the proper way to signify you are helping the other indivual across a ravine or onto another platform for footing. 

By grabbing the wrist you have better support when pulling the other individual to safetly. If you only lock hands like the traditional handshake, you can lose the support.

When you greet the other Trailman in this form of handshake, you are saying you can be trusted. You respond by looking into the other Trailmans eyes and say "Walk Worthy!" By looking in the other persons eyes you are demonstrating respect and care.


Notice the trailmans hand posiltion for the motto. He is using his right hand, shoulders back, elbow level with the shoulder, forearm is 90 degrees at the elbow. His hand is in the "high five" position.

The trailman should respond when a leader has his arm in the same position. This means it is time to be quiet and listen. The trailman at this time is to remember his oath to respect athority and to treat others as he wants to me treated. 

The following is the trailman oath and it is needed to be memorized for his first badge.

On my honor I will do my best
to serve God and my country;
to respect authority;
to be a good steward of creation;
and to treat others as I want to be treated.

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