Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Re: saluting
Fri, 25 Sep 1998 19:34:47 EDT
In a message dated 9/25/98 9:46:54 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< I don't have my old Scout handbook with me, but I'll bet it's NOT in there.
(Mine is the small "Handbook for Boys" circa 1956.) I suspect that some
scoutmasters, who had just left the army, have introduced the practice
to their troops, along with formation marching (I remember THAT) and
detailed uniform inspections. >>
Handbook for Boys, 1948, page 46: "The Scout Salute is is used to salute The
Flag of the United States of America. Use it when you are in uniform, instead
of tipping your hat. You give the Scout Salute when you approach a Scout
leader, before you speak to him. A salute as you leave him is courteous too"
Boy Scout Handbook, 7th edition, 1965, page 55: "The Scout salute signifies
respect and courtesy. You use it to salute the flag of the United States of
America. You give it when you approach a Scout leader and again when you
The Official Boy Scout Handbook, 9th edition, 1984, page 47: "The Scout
salute signifies respect and courtesy. You use it to salute the flag of the
United States of America. You may also use it to salute a Scout leader or
another Scout in formal ceremonies or as a sign of respect."
The Boy Scout Handbook, 10th edition, 1990, page 564: "The Scout salute
signifies respect. Use it to salute the flag of the United States of America.
As a sign of courtesy, you may also salute a Scout leader or another Scout."
So, it was and is in the book. However, I agree 100% with your feelings on
this. Save the salutes for the flag.
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 69
Burr Ridge, IL
Tall Grass Dist. Advancement Comm.
a good old Eagle, too
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