I. General Principles
The aim of the Association is to develop good citizenship among boys by
forming their character ---training them in habits of observation, obedience,
and self-reliance --- inculcating loyalty and thoughtfulness for others ---
teaching them services useful to the public, and handicrafts useful to
themselves --- promoting their physical, mental, and spiritual development.
The principles of the Association are founded on the basis of the Scout
Promise and the Scout Law.
Scout Promise (Scouts)
On investiture, the Scout makes the following promise:---
my Honour I promise that I will do my best---
do my duty to God and the King,
help other people at all times,
obey the Scout Law."
Scout Promise (Cubs)
On investiture, the Cub makes a simpler form of promise:--
promise to do my best---
do my duty to God and the King,
keep the law of the Wolf Cub Pack, and to do a good turn to somebody every
Scout Promise (Rovers)
On investiture, the Rover makes, or if previously a Scout, re-affirms,
the promise as in Rule 3.
Scout Promise (Scouters)
Scouters to whom warrants are issued for the first time make, or
re-affirm, the promise as in Rule Three.
Scout Promise (Other Persons)
Other persons connected with the Movement may make the promise as in Rule
The Scout Law is -
A Scout's Honour is to be trusted.
A Scout is loyal to the King, his country, his Scouters, his
parents, his employers, and to those under him.
A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others.
A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout, no matter
to what country, class or creed, the other may belong.
A Scout is courteous.
A Scout is a friend to animals.
A Scout obeys the orders of his parents, Patrol Leader, or Scoutmaster
A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
A Scout is thrifty.
A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.
Law of the Wolf Cub Pack
The Law of the Wolf Cub Pack is-
The Cub gives in to the Old Wolf.
The Cub does not give in to himself.
The following religious policy has received the approval of the heads of
all the leading denominations of religion in the Kingdom.
It is expected that every Scout shall belong to some religious
denomination and attend its services.
Where a group is composed of members of one particular form of religion,
it is hoped that the G.S.M. will arrange such denominational religious
observances and instructions as he, in consultation with its Chaplain or other
religious authority may consider best.
Where a group is composed of Scouts of various religions, they should be
encouraged to attend the services of their own denominations, and Group church
parades should not be held. In camp
any form of daily prayer and of weekly divine service should be of the simplest
character, attendance being voluntary.
Where it is not permissible under the rules of the religion of any Scout
to attend religious observances other than those of his own church, the Scouters
of the group must see that such rules are strictly observed while the Scout is
under their control.
Combined church parades of groups of different denominations are not
allowed without special permission from the D.C. and under no circumstances
should a G.S.M. urge Scouts to attend places of worship other than those of
their own denomination.
Gatherings of Scouts, known by the term, Scouts' Own, are held
for the worship of God and to promote fuller realization of the Scout Law
and Promise, but these are supplementary to, and not in substitution for, the
religious observances referred to in Rule 10.
The Boy Scouts Association is not connected with any political body.
Members of the Association in uniform, or acting as representatives of
the Movement must not take part in political meetings or activities.
The Association being a non-political body; its assistance must
not be given to either side in an industrial dispute.
If any recognised public authority announces that voluntary workers are
required to avoid grave public danger or inconvenience resulting from such a
situation, there is no objection to a G.S.M., with the consent of the D.C.
offering the assistance of his Troop or Crew to such authority, so long as no
compulsion is brought to bear on any individual Scout or Rover to volunteer his
services, and no penalty attaches to him for not volunteering.
Apart from any profits arising from its Equipment Department (The Scout
Shops), the Boy Scouts Association depends on public support for the expenses of
its central office and staff, and general organisation.
balance sheet and income and expenditure account are published in the Annual
Headquarters overseas support themselves, and may require annual registration
Donors of ten guineas and upwards are regarded as Life Associates of the
Boy Scouts Association; annual subscribers of one guinea or more are regarded as
Associates during the continuance of the subscriptions.
Groups, L.As., and County Scout Councils, are expected to support
themselves locally; contributions to I.H.Q. are welcome but not obligatory.
Groups are not allowed to issue any form of general appeal for funds,
unless the D.C. has sanctioned it in view of exceptional circumstances.
The spirit of the movement is such that, on the part of the boys
themselves, money should be earned and not solicited.
Scouts must not take part in street sales or collections, either for
their own funds or for other institutions or charities, nor in any method of
touting the public, but they may assist institutions or charities as messengers
or in other capacities. They may
also assist under proper supervision in the selling of programmemes at a fixed
price at recognised entertainments.
and Undesirable Methods
All members of the Association, acting as such, must observe the
provisions of rule 20, and must not countenance or be concerned in any public
method of raising money for Scout or other purposes which is in any way contrary
to the law of the land, or likely to encourage Scouts in the practice of
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