Its Just Three Fingers

Three Finger Salute

So if you are scout you will have as some point in your life made the “scout sign” a three finger half salute held at shoulder level.

You I would hope know the background of why we make that sign.

In his book, Scouting for BoysRobert Baden-Powell chose the three-finger salute for Scouts to represent the three aspects of the Scout Promise:

  1. Honour God and Country
  2. Help Others
  3. Obey the Scout Law

You may have read or seen the Hunger Games Trilogy and in that Katniss uses a three finger sign.


This poster has appeared on billboards all over the USA for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,


So what I love is that this has got Scout Masters up and down the USA all in a flap.

There is a whole Facebook feed of complaints about it the BSA have even had to write an article explaining why there is no infringement and have issued a statement.

the BSA’s licensing and contracts attorney, Burgin Hardin, for his take. 

“Understandably, there may be some people who view it as a nod to Scouting, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the film has crossed the line in terms of infringing on our rights,” Hardin says. “If movie-goers were led to believe the film was sponsored by or somehow affiliated with BSA, that would cross the line.”

from Bryan on Scouting

Here is the Facebook post.

In case you were wondering …

Posted by Boy Scouts of America on Friday, 20 November 2015

So what are your thoughts let me know in the comments.

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