When someone holds up the Scout sign, the room quickly gets quiet. Why? It’s a reminder of what the sign means.
HOW TO MAKE THE SCOUT SIGN IN CUB SCOUTS
To make the Scout sign in Cub Scouts, raise your right arm straight up, with your index and middle finger separated. Those two fingers stand for the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. They also look like the sharp ears of the wolf, ready to listen to Akela, who is a good leader to a Cub Scout.
HOW TO MAKE THE SCOUT SIGN IN SCOUTS BSA
In all other Scouting programs, raise your right arm to shoulder height with your elbow bent at a right angle. Cover the nail of your pinky with your thumb and hold the three middle fingers of your hand upward and together. Your thumb and little finger touching represent the bond Scouts have throughout the world. The three fingers stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath: duty to God and country, duty to others and duty to self.
When the sign is raised, it’s a silent reminder to follow the Scout Oath and the Scout Law by respectfully quieting down and listening. Nobody needs to yell, “Signs up!” The sign says it all.
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