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Explaination of Abbreviations
I. General Principles
II. General Organization
III. Warrants
IV. County Organisation
V. District Organisation
VI. Group Organization
VII. Uniform
VIII. Badges of Rank
IX. General Rules
X. Decorations & Awards
XI. Miscellaneous
XII. Proficiency Badges
Appendix A.
Appendix B.

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1.         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.


2.         The principles of the Association are founded on the basis of the Scout Promise and the Scout Law.

The Scout Promise (Scouts)

3.         On investiture, the Scout makes the following promise:---

"On my Honour I promise that I will do my best---

To do my duty to God and the King,

To help other people at all times,

To obey the Scout Law."

The Scout Promise (Cubs)

4.         On investiture, the Cub makes a simpler form of promise:--

"I promise to do my best---

To do my duty to God and the King,

To keep the law of the Wolf Cub Pack, and to do a good turn to somebody every day."

The Scout Promise (Rovers)

5.         On investiture, the Rover makes, or if previously a Scout, re-affirms, the promise as in Rule 3.

The Scout Promise (Scouters)

6.         Scouters to whom warrants are issued for the first time make, or re-affirm, the promise as in Rule Three.

The Scout Promise (Other Persons)

7.         Other persons connected with the Movement may make the promise as in Rule 3.

The Scout Law

8.         The Scout Law is -

(1.)           A Scout's Honour is to be trusted.

(2.)    A Scout is loyal to the King, his country, his Scouters, his     parents, his employers, and to those under him.

(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, no matter to what country, class or creed, the other may belong.

(5.)            A Scout is courteous.

(6.)            A Scout is a friend to animals.

(7.)     A Scout obeys the 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 Law of the Wolf Cub Pack

9.  The Law of the Wolf Cub Pack is-

(1.)    The Cub gives in to the Old Wolf.

(2.)     The Cub does not give in to himself.



10.   The following religious policy has received the approval of the heads of all the leading denominations of religion in the Kingdom.

(1.)      It is expected that every Scout shall belong to some religious denomination and attend its services.

(2.)      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.

(3.)      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.

(4.)      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.

Church Parades

11.   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.

Scouts' Own

12.   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.


Movement Non-Political

 13. 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.

Industrial Disputes

14.        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.



 15.  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.

A balance sheet and income and expenditure account are published in the Annual Report.

Branch Headquarters overseas support themselves, and may require annual registration from members.

I.H.Q. Subscribers

16.   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.


17.        Groups, L.As., and County Scout Councils, are expected to support themselves locally; contributions to I.H.Q. are welcome but not obligatory.

18.        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.


19.        The spirit of the movement is such that, on the part of the boys themselves, money should be earned and not solicited.

Begging, etc

20.        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.

Illegal and Undesirable Methods

21.        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 gambling.






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