Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: salute
Sun, 22 Nov 1998 19:25:21 -0600
Since saluting is a sign of respect, it is certainly acceptable for
Scouts and Scouters to salute one another. It is not mandatory, so no
military connotation should be accorded to saluting. I would certainly
find it acceptable for Scouts to salute adult Scouters at Courts of
Honor (after a rank presentation), at Boards of Review (when the Scout
approaches the adults), to the SPL calling for a report from the Patrol
Leaders on attendance, etc. These would all be formal times when
saluting could be considered appropriate.
Roundtable Commissioner, MidAmerica Council
G. John Marmet wrote:
> I revisit my original question: Is it still proper protocol to salute the
> Scoutmaster, etc?
> Several postings have suggested this was never done, that only the flag was
> saluted. I guess I am old. My handbook (yes, I kept mine from when I was a
> Scout- 1957) says, at p.46: The Scout Salute 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 coiurteous too. Scout
> Handbook, 5th edition 9th printing, 1/56.
> The Seventh edition, 1st printing, 9/65 states, at p.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 as
> you leave him.
> Have we stopped this practice?
> Yours in Scouting,
> G. John Marmet
> with a salute of respect to those on this list
> ASM Glenview, Illinois