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The Scout Salute


Scout Salute


The Scout salute shows respect. Use it to salute the flag of the United States of America. You may also salute a Scout leader or another Scout.

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.


Today’s hand salute honors military traditions of bravery, trust, and respect. From earliest times, knights and distant armies raised their right hand (or "weapon hand") as a greeting of friendship and respect (and to show they weren't ready to use a weapon.) Courtesy required that the lower rank make the gesture first. The superior returned the salute as a sign of mutial respect and trust.