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Scout Promise, Law & Motto

membership awardThe Promise is a simple way to help young people and adults keep the fundamentals of Scouting in mind.  The Promise is the oath taken by all members as they commit to sharing the values of Scouting.  It is therefore vistal that every member considers the Promise and discusses its meaning before making the Promise and being invested into Scouting.

Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every Section. Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested. When a young person makes their Promise they receive their Group Scarf, The Membership Award and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family.

The Scout Promise

On my honour,

I Promise to do my best

To do my duty to God and to the Queen

To help other people

And to keep the Scout Law

The Alternative Promise

Scouting is available to people of all faiths as well as people who are humanist, atheist or have no affirmed faith.  To meet these circumstances, there are different variations of the Promise that can be made.

For Muslim members, the word “God” can be replaced with “Allah” and Hindu members may choose to replace “God” with “my Dharma”.  Members of other nationalities, living in the UK may choose to replace “Queen” with “the country in which I am now living”.

There is also an alternative Promise for those who are humanist, atheist or have no affirmed faith.

On my honour,

I Promise to do my best

To uphold our Scout values

To do my duty to the Queen

To help other people

And to keep the Scout Law

The Scout Law

The Scout Law is a set of ‘rules’ that Scouts should do their best to live their life by.  They are based on the Laws that Baden Powell came up with, but have eveolved to reflect changing times.  The Laws are:

  1. A Scout is to be trusted
  2. A Scout is loyal
  3. A Scout is friendly & considerate
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties
  6. A Scout makes careful use of time & is careful of possessions & property
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others 

The Motto

The motto for all Members of the Movement is:

Be Prepared 



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