Cub Scout motto, sign, salute and handshake won’t change

While the Scout Oath and Scout Law will be used in Cub Scouts beginning on June 1, 2015, the current Cub Scout motto, sign, salute and handshake won’t change.

That news isn’t new, but Scouters have been emailing me with the question. So this morning I went to Bob Scott, Cub Scout Experience Manager, to confirm.

Indeed it’s true. To support the mission of Cub Scouting, Cub Scouts will begin to use the Scout Oath and Scout Law currently used in Boy Scouting and Venturing. But they’ll keep the Cub Scout motto, sign, salute and handshake.

For the latest information about the changes coming to Cub Scouting in 2015, visit and bookmark the Program Updates page. (The site also contains info on the changes to Venturing in 2014 and Boy Scouting in 2016.)

But this post’s all about Cub Scouting, so let’s recap what is changing and what isn’t when it comes to the mechanics of Cub Scouting:

Being retired from Cub Scouting on June 1, 2015

  • Cub Scout Promise
    • I promise to do my best
      To do my duty to God and my country,
      To help other people, and
      To obey the Law of the Pack.
  • Law of the Pack
    • The Cub Scout follows Akela.
      The Cub Scout helps the pack go.
      The pack helps the Cub Scout grow.
      The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Staying in Cub Scouting (not changing)

  • Cub Scout motto
    • Do Your Best
  • Cub Scout sign
    • Two separated fingers held up high (like a peace sign)
  • Cub Scout salute
    • Two fingers together held above the brow
  • Cub Scout handshake
    • Handshake with two fingers extended

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New to Cub Scouting on June 1, 2015

  • 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.
  • Scout Law
    A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
    courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
    brave, clean, and reverent.

 

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.