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Branch Patch Requirements
(Joining Award)

When a boy qualifies to enter one of the Woodlands Trail program age Patrols, the boy may earn the joining patch for that group. This patch will be worn on the right pocket of the Class A uniform. This patch recognizes that the boy knows the basics of Trail Life USA which includes learning the Trailman oath, motto, salute, sign, handshake and the U.S. Pledge (Mountain Lions must also demonstrate properly folding the Amerrican flag).

  • Memorize the Trailman Oath
  • Learn the Trailman Sign and when to use it
  • Learn the Trailman Salute and when to use it
  • Learn the Trailman Handshake
  • Memorize the Pledge of Allegiance (Foxes recite only)
  • Demonstrate how to properly fold the American flag (Mountain Lions only)

Trailman Oath

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.

Trailman Sign

The Trailman sign is made with the right hand held open, palm forward, raising your right arm with your elbow at a right angle.

The sign is used during reciting of the Trailman Oath. It is also used by the Troopmaster, Ranger, Trail Guides, or other Adult Leader to gain the attention of and silence the Trailmen as needed to focus on the business at hand.

Trailman Salute

The Trailman salute is made by raising your right hand. The tip of your fingers should almost touch your right temple. If you wear glasses, the tip of your fingers should almost touch the frames of your glasses. If you are wearing a uniform hat, the tip of your fingers should touch the brim.

The sign is used during reciting of the Trailman Oath. It is also used by the Troopmaster, Ranger, Trail Guides, or other Adult Leader to gain the attention of and silence the Trailmen as needed to focus on the business at hand.

The Trailman Salute is used by members in uniform*, when:

  • They recite the Pledge of Allegiance (stand at attention and face the flag)
  • The flag passes in a parade, or ceremony (at the moment the flag passes, stand at attention facing the flag)
  • While in a parade or procession, you pass a flag posted on a stage/podium erected for the event (continue moving forward, turning head so eyes are on the flag until you have passed)
  • The flag is hoisted and lowered (the salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of the national anthem, whichever is longer)
  • The national anthem is played or sung (stand at attention and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music)
  • The flag is retired at flag retirement ceremonies.

(Men will remove hats when saluting, except for a uniform hat. Women do not have to remove head covering)

*uniform - whatever official Trail Life USA uniform piece(s) is deemed appropriate for that activity by the Activity Coordinator.

Trailman Handshake

The Trailman Handshake is a wrist to wrist handshake.

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