The Boy Scout Badge is in the shape of the fleur de lis (French for Iris Flower). It is also in the shape of an old compass pointing north. The top three points (same as the three fingers in the scout sign) represent Duty to God and Country, Duty to Others, and Duty to Self. The stars on the badge are always constant like the North Star, bringing truth and knowledge. The Eagle with the shield represent the freedoms of America and the Eagle ready to defend those freedoms. The goal of every Boy Scout is to become an Eagle. The scroll and knot are to remind us to do our duty with a smile and to always do a Good Turn Daily.
You will gain a great appreciation for the outdoors during you life as a scouter. As you learn how to camp using the principles of Leave No Tace, you will not only preserve this great land for future campouts you will go on, but for future scouters that will follow in your footsteps.
I think I make a point to do at the close of every campsite is to have everyone fan out and comb the area by walking from one end of the campsite to the other picking up all trash... even if it was there before we camped. When you leave a campsite, you should always strive to make it better than how you found it.
- Meet the age requirements.
This knot was used for centuries by sailors for reefing sails and tying things aboard ship. It is important to not use this not for tying two ropes together.
The following is the steps for tying the Square Knot... Just remember right over left, and left over right:
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Step 1 - Hold your rope at the ends
Step 2 - Do an over hand knot with right over left
Step 3 - Do a second over hand knot now with left over right
Step 4 - Pull the ends tight
'When Colonel Baden-Powell entered the capital city of the Ashanti people in 1890 he was met by one of the Chiefs who came to him holding out his left hand. B.-P. held out his right in return but the Chief said: "No, in my country the bravest of the brave shake with the left hand." So began the "left handshake" of the world-wide brotherhood of Scouts.'
For the Boy Scout Salute, make the Scout Sign with your right hand and place your index finger onto the outer corner of your right eyebrow. If wearing and official scout hat, place your index finger onto the brim of the hat.
When do you use the Scout Salute?... During flag ceremonies, salute the flag of the United States of America. Also, you may salute the Flag as you pass by it, or when it passes you for any reason (parades are a good example). You may also salute fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders as a respective greeting.
Remember... if at a scouting activity and not in your uniform during a flag ceremony, use the traditional method of placing your right hand over your heart and remove all hats unless it is part of your uniform.
Slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily
What does the Motto and Slogan mean to you?
- and Reverent
What does the Scout Law mean?
"The boy is not governed by Don't, but is led on by Do. The Scout Law, therefore, was devised as a guide to his actions rather than as repressive of his faults. It merely states what is good form and expected of a Scout." Lessons from the Varsity of Life, Lord Baden-Powell
To help other people at all time;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
"The three fingers stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath:
- Duty to God and country
- Duty to others
- Duty to yourself
- I pledge allegiance (I promise to be faithful and true)
- to the Flag (the symbol of our country)
- of the United States of America (50 states, each individual)
- and to the Republic (A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president)
- for which it stands (The flag also represents the government, which you also pledge your allegiance to)
- one Nation under God (These states are united under the divine providence of God..."God is our most powerful resource", President Eisenhower)
- indivisible (cannot be separated)
- with liberty and justice (freedoms and treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law)
- for all. (To EVERY American, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria.)
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, on Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
During a Troop or Pack meeting, hold your salute until the caller indicates the salute is over with the word "two".