Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Scout handshake
Re: Scout handshake
Mon, 5 Oct 1998 14:58:47 -0400
Ha! I KNEW being a religious emblem counselor would be useful here! <Grin>
The legend of Baden-Powell's left handed handshake as noted by Jim is told
in the Ad Altari Dei Counsellor's Handbook in Unit One. I elaborate by
noting (from memory,so I don't know the source to this) that for Europeans,
the handshake, like the salute was as sign of being disarmed. "I am not
going to shoot you or stab you; see, my hand is empty." We westerners focus
on proving ourselves. The left hand shake was, "I believe you will not
attack me. I trust you. I put down my defenses to you." This is quite the
opposite message. It leads to a lot of discussion on forgiveness, trust,
It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one
trifling exception, is composed of others.
--John Andrew Holmes
>The basis for this info I
>do not have, only that it has always been taught in Wood Badge in my
>part of the country. Hope this helps.
>Commissioner, Central Florida Council (Orlando)
>Chulee Afopkeh Chapter, Tipsa Lodge 326
>". . . and now I'm finished Beavering,
> . . . . so I'm going to work my ticket ('til I die)"