Show that you know the whistle signals and the hand signal for silence
Introduction : To explain the whistle signals and hand signal to the Guides
instructions for whistles
Explain to the Guides that, when a Leader puts her right hand up in the air, this is the special signal to show that she would like everyone
to listen and pay attention. When they see a Leader making this hand signal for silence, they should stop what they
are doing, stop talking and put their right hand up also to show that they are paying attention.
As a Leader it is important that you don’t shout. Sometimes you can ensure greater attention if you speak quietly and softly. Then the
Guides have to pay attention to listen carefully. It is good to get into the habit of waiting for all the Guides to be quiet before you start to
speak. This may take a while in the beginning but is worth the wait when all the Guides realise that, the quicker they pay attention, the
sooner they get to move on to the next activity.
One long blast: Attention, stop, silence
Repeated short blasts: Come here
Repeated long blasts: Go away/extend
Three short, one long blast: Patrol Leaders come here
Repeated one long, two short blasts: Warning/Danger
Whistle signals game
A good way for the Guides to remember the signals is to play a game.
One long blast: Attention, stop, silence Action: Stand still and quiet
Repeated short blasts: Come here Action: run to Leader blowing whistle
Repeated long blasts: Go away/extend Action: run to outer walls
Three short, one long blast: Patrol Leaders come here Action: Patrol Leaders run to Leader blowing whistle
Repeated one long, two short blasts: Warning/Danger Action: Run to emergency exits / fire extinguishers