Recruit Trailman

The Recruit has taken his first big step as a Trailman. He is starting out on the trail with a can-do attitude that will help him meet the challenges ahead. This is a joining rank that concentrates on being safe and knowing how to plug in to all the resources available in one's Troop family. The Recruit attends his first hikes and campouts, and makes new friends in his Troop.

Navigators advance through three ranks: Recruit Trailman, Able Trailman, and Ready Trailman. If earned, they retain the rank of Ready Trailman when they become Adventurers.



  • Memorize and agree to live by the Trailman Oath.
  • Memorize the Trailman Motto and associated verse
  • Demonstrate the Trailman sign and describe when to use it.
  • Demonstrate the Trailman salute and describe when to use it.
  • Give your Patrol Leader's name, patrol name, and patrol yell.


  • Memorize the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Demonstrate properly folding the American flag.


  • Participate in a Troop annual safety program or discuss Troop safety with your Unit Leader and parents.