The Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
The Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Motto
Be prepared!
The Scout Motto means you are always ready to do your duty and to face danger, if necessary, to help others.
The Scout Slogan
Do a good turn daily.
This means you do a good turn each day. Look for chances to help and then help quietly, without boasting about it. Always remember that a good turn is an extra act of kindness - something you go out of your way to do.
The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation-minded.
The Scout Sign
To give the Scout sign, cover the nail of the little finger of your right hand with your right thumb, then raise your right arm bent in a 90-degree angle, and hold the three middle fingers of your hand upward. Those fingers stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath. Your thumb and little finger touch to represent the bond that unites Scouts throughout the world.
The Scout Salute
Give the Scout salute by forming the Scout sign with your right hand and then bringing that hand upward until your forefinger touches the brim of your hat or the arch of your right eyebrow. The palm of your hand should not show.
The Scout Handshake
The scout handshake is made with the hand nearest the heart and is offered as a token of friendship. The left hand is used because long ago, knights carried their shield in their left hand. In order to give a handshake with their left hand, they had to put down their shield, which was a sign of trust and friendship.