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Aim & Method of the Scout Association and Policy, Organisation & Rules

Aim & Method

The aim of the Scout Association is to encourage the Physical, Mental and Spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society.

The method of achieving the aim of the Association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progress training, based on the Law and Promise, guided by Adult leadership.

Policy, Organisation & Rules

As the recognised national Association in the United Kingdom, the Scout Association is a member of the World Scout Conference.

Its own organisation exists by the authority of a Royal charter granted by King George V in 1912 and supplemented by future Charters. These Charters give authority to Bye-laws of the Association, which are approved by Her Majesty’s Privy Council.

The Bye-laws, in turn, authorise the making of what have become known as “POLICY, ORGANISATION & RULES” – they established the pattern of the organisation, etc.

The Aim, Method, Promises and Laws are defined in Rules 1 & 2 of what is more usually called “P.O.R.” –further details available here: https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/71

The Law & Promise

Beaver Scout Promise

I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and love God.

Cub Scout Promise

I promise that I will do my best to do my duty to God and the King, to help other people and to keep the Cub Scout Law.

Cub Scout Law

A Cub Scout always does his best, thinks of others before himself and does a good turn every day.

Scout and Explorer Scout 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 to keep the Scout Law.

Scout and Explorer Scout Law

  • A Scout is to be trusted
  • A Scout Is loyal
  • A Scout Is friendly and considerate
  • A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties
  • A Scout makes good use of his time and is careful of possessions and property
  • A Scout has respect for himself and others
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls