Boy Scout Sign

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The Boy Scout Sign

The Boy Scout sign is made with the right arm held straight out from the shoulder in a horizontal position, the elbow bent 90 degrees, with the hand in an upraised vertical position, the three middle fingers relatively straight (not spread wide apart), with the thumb holding down the pinky.

In his book, Scouting for Boys, Robert Baden-Powell chose the three-finger salute for Scouts to represent the three aspects of the Scout Promise:

  1. Honor God and Country
  2. Help Others
  3. Obey the Scout Law[

The Boy Scout sign should be given when repeating the Scout Oath and Scout Law. It is also used in ceremonies.

The Boy Scout sign can be used to quiet a group of Scouts by their leader. The leader holds up the sign, and as people notice they should stop talking and also hold up the sign. As people notice that others are holding up the sign, they too will join in and the group will grow quiet. There is no need to say "sign's up" as if something is needed to be called out, it could simply be called out without making the sign. Overuse of this technique may tend to water down its ability to work.

Learning the Boy Scout sign is a requirement of the Scout Rank.

See also

Cub Scout Sign

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