Scouting has a fascinating history that has given us many traditions.
The Scout Badge
In the words of Baden-Powell '… the Scout Badge is the arrowhead which
shows the North on a map or on a compass. It is the badge of the Scout
because it points in the right direction, upwards. It shows the way in
doing your duty and helping others. The three points of it remind you
of the three points of the Scout Promise… duty to self, others and God'
The Scout Salute and Sign
The three fingers of the Scout Salute are reminders of the three parts
of the Scout Promise. The Scout Salute is used when the Union flag or
the national flag is broken.
The Scout Sign is used when Members make or reaffirm the Promise.
The Left Handshake
When the Zulu chief, Dinizulu first met Baden-Powell, he greeted Baden-Powell
by shaking his left hand. Dinizulu explained that by laying down the protective
shield he carried in his left hand, he trusted his new friend.
The Scout Motto is a reminder that all Scouts must be always be ready
to do their duty, whether to God, others or themselves. Scouts should
always be ready for any eventuality, especially in helping others.
The World Membership Badge and Scout Scarf
Nearly every Scout in the world wears the purple World Membership Badge.
The Scout scarf is another symbol that lets people know you are a Scout.
This also identifies the pack to which you belong.