Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Scout Handshake
Re: Scout Handshake
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 20:25:06 -0400
>The origin and use of these salutations are curtined in secret society and
>brother hood rituals never intended to be viewed or used in public or
I heard that a bit different.
In the training that I have given and taken, I have always told and been
told, that the salute, handshake were a sign of friendship and given openly.
In the beginning Our Founder had each Person, salute and shake the first
person (Scout) they saw in the morning. This could go on for hours!! (mostly
at most of our camps). The only place I thought this to be done secretly
was in the countries where scouting/guiding was forbidden. Then it was the
'secret club' and done privately.
Most people in the free world who joined Scouting then, LOVED truely loved
and admired BP and all he stood for. And were very PROUD to belong to this
wonderful movement and at any given time would offer a sign to remind them
and show others exactly what cloth they were cut from.
The Scout Handshake is so powerful, even during war time. THere is many a
story about how young POW's, or men caught behind enemy lines, would as
their last earthly grace either sing or hum a song they had learnt at a
Jamboree, or offer teh handshake, to find their capture was also a Scout.
And would lead them back to freedom. Knowing that once a Scout always a
Scout. So I can't believe that people hid this wonderful offering of
friendship, not unless they had to.
>as to be unimportant and not useful.
again I can't imagine that. I even out of uniform often offer my left. then
again I sometimes wear my beads for months on end. :)
I met a young BSA Scout this summer, in Halifax NS, he was toting his Lovely
hat and bore a neckerchief. I imediately recognized him as a Scout. I
offered my left handshake I was in street cloths. He Knew I was a Scout and
took my offer of Kindness. Had I offered my right would he? not likely not
in Halifax late at night.
>A small diehard group ,(woodbadgers, o/a ers, rocking chair scoutmasters
well I guess by the sounds of things I had better line my floor, and pull up
have been preserving this heritage and as sure as the gilwell song
back to Gilwell
Im gonna work my ticket
If I can!!
yes I hum that when I am doing housework.
>How does your patrol (family, cohort, hunting club etc)communicate by hand
Obviously with the proper Handshake, the Salute, when in and out of Uniform.
We salute the flag of ALL countries when the anthems are being played. And
when someone is reciting their Promise we make the Sign.
I hope this is correct!? :>)
Please I am not being snitty, in my response, so don't read it so!
Dale Kelly (Mommy to 3 and Nanny to 1)
1st Cole Harbour Pack, 2nd Bel Ayr Brownies & AAC Colony
JOTT Co Hike Chief http://www.csclub.uwaterloo.ca/u/lkmorlan/JOTT/
>Persistent Commissioner and Partime Owl