All members of the Scout Movement have pledged to follow the Scout Promise and Scout Law. The wording varies in different National Scout Organizations as appropriate to the local culture, but they are all based on the original Promise and Law as expressed by Scouting’s founder Baden-Powell:
The Scout Promise
On my honour I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and the King (or 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 of his parents, Patrol Leader or Scoutmaster without question.
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 Promise and Law are based on the principles of Scouting:
“Duty to God” – a person’s relationship with the spiritual values of life, the fundamental belief in a force above mankind.
“Duty to others” – a person’s relationship with, and responsibility within, society in the broadest sense of the term: his or her family, local community, country and the world at large, as well as respect for others and for the natural world.
“Duty to self” – a person’s responsibility to develop his or her own potential, to the best of that person’s ability.
Do you want to know how the Scout Promise and Law are expressed in your country? Contact your National Scout Organization for more information.