1stCotswold Scout Group
Port Elizabeth

Scouting – live and uncut!

The promise and law.

World Scout Badge

World Scout Badge

Many people think that belonging to Scouting means you need to get a uniform, pay membership fees, attend meetings, and earn badges.  Nope you are wrong!

The only requirement to be a member of the Scout movement is that you take the Scout Promise.

This is why the Promise is so very important.  Not only does it define you as a Scout – it defines you as a person!

There are 4 important things to think about when you think about the Scout Promise:

You promise to do your best.  Not to try – to do your best.

Remember that sometimes your best will simply not be good enough – no matter how hard he tries, Sarki will never be able to win the comerades marathon 😉 but that does not mean you don’t do your best!

The other 3 points are very important principals of Scouting and are often referred to as “the 3 parts of the promise

(a) Duty to God and my country,

(b)To help other people at all times,

(c) To obey the Scout law.  This is why the Scout law is so important.

You can’t seriously take the Scout promise unless you know what it says and what it means and know the Scout Law.


The Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country;

To help other people at all times;

To obey the Scout Law.


The Scout Law

1.  A Scout’s honour is to be trusted.

2. A Scout is loyal.

3. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.

4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.

5. A Scout is courteous.

6. A Scout is a friend to animals.

7. A Scout obeys orders.

8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.

9. A Scout is thrifty.

10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.


The law verse

Trusty, loyal, helpful,

brotherly, courteous, kind,

Obidient, smiling, thrifty,

Clean in body and mind.


The Promise and the Law are both very important – Learn them.  Know them.  Live them.

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