Scout Signs and Emblems

World Scout Emblem

Scout Handshake

Why do scouts use their left hand instead of their right? It’s a token of friendship – it’s the one nearest your heart.

Scout sign

Three fingers pointing upwards represent the three duties of a scout
  • Duty to God and Country (middle finger)
  • Duty to others (ring finger)
  • Duty to self (first finger)
The thumb and little finger represent the two objectives of scouting
  • Character building
  • Citizenship training
The thumb and little finger joined means
  • World brotherhood

The name ‘Scouts’

Founded in 1907, Lord Baden Powell choose ‘Scouts’ as the name because of its romantic meaning of self sufficient explorers who were useful to others and who could survive off the land with their own skills..

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