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Scout/ Guide Sign
Sign (Draw in Log Book)

The sign identifies you as a Scout/ Guide anywhere in the world. The sign is given at the time of investiture and at the time of renewal of the Scout/ Guide Promise. The Scout/ Guide Sign is given by raising the right hand in level with the shoulder, palm to front with three fingers stretched together and thumb closing on the little finger.


Salute (Draw in Log Book)

Salute is an expression of mutual esteem and good-will. It is a mark of respect and good manners. It is the privilege of the one who sees first to salute first. The Scout Salute is given by raising the right arm smartly to the level of the shoulder, palm to the front with three fingers stretched together, the first touching the forehead above the centre of right eye brow and thumb closing on the little finger. After salute the arm is smartly brought down.

How to Salute holding a staff/stave?

If a stick or thumb stick is carried, it must be passed to left hand or kept under left arm pit. When a staff is carried the salute is given with left forearm bent at right angle at elbow with three fingers open, thumb closing on the little finger palm down wards, the first finger touching the staff. When hands are occupied, the salute is given by eyes left or right as the case may be.

Salute holding staff with scout sign

Left-Hand Shake: 

Left-Hand Shake greetings with a smile; shaking hands with left and saluting with the right is a specialty of the movement. The founder conceived left-hand shake as a form of greeting the members of the movement. The idea originated from an incident in his military career in South Africa. When Col. Baden-Powell entered the capital city of the Ashanti tribe in 1896, he was received by one of the chiefs, who while greeting him formally extended his left hand. B.P. held out his right hand in return. But the chief said "No, in my country, the bravest of the brave shakes with left hand."

Why did the Baden Powell attack the Ashanti tribe?

The British wanted to establish a British resident in Kumasi. The Ashanti King Prempeh 1 refused to surrender his sovereignty. Wanting to keep French and German forces out of Ashanti territory (and its gold), the British were anxious to conquer the Ashanti once and for all.

In December 1895, Sir  Francis Scott  left Cape Coast with an expedition force. It arrived in Kumasi in January 1896. The Asantehene directed the Ashanti to not resist. Shortly thereafter, Governor William Maxwell arrived in Kumasi as well. Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh was deposed and arrested. Britain annexed the territories of the Ashanti and the Fanti in 1896, and Ashanti leaders were sent into exile in the Seychelles. The Asante Union was dissolved.  Robert Baden-Powell  led the British in this campaign. The British formally declared the coastal regions to be the  Gold Coast  colony. A British Resident was permanently placed in the city, and soon after a British fort.