Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Scout Handshake
Re: Scout Handshake
Turba, Thomas N
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:39:05 -0500
>Pull out those Scout Handbooks
>before 1972 and teach your Scouts how to shake hands using the
>"traditional BSA handshake" since we're the only country it seems
>that shakes hands with the pinky separated from the other three
All of the Scouts and leaders I have met from Argentina do the Scout
handshake with the pinky separated from the other three fingers. There are
Scouts and leaders from other Latin American countries that also use it. I
first noticed this at the Pan American Jamboree in Bolivia in 1994. It was
also very obvious at the World Jamboree in Chile.
As a member of the service team at the Cultural Awareness booth put on by
BSA I shook many, many hands. After a while I started to get a feel as for
which people normally shook hands with the pinky separated and greeted them
this way. Some people were surprised (and pleased) when I did this (as "US
Scouts normally don't shake hands the way we do").
Older Scouters from other countries (especially those with gray hair) were
the ones most likely to shake hands this way. Scouters from other countries
wearing woodbadge beads where the next most likely group. But, there were
also many youth.
It was part of the fun of being there.
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota