The Scout/Explorer Scout/Scout Network and Adult Promise
On my honour I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God and to the Queen,
to help other people and to keep the Scout Law
|On my honour||Personal Development: this separates the Scout Promise from those fof Beqavers and Cubs. It emphasises that keeping the Promise is a reflection of an individual‟s character and therefore strengthens the words of the Promise that follow.
Keeping the Promise is entirely up to the individual. Muslims can replace this wording with “In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful‟.
|I promise that I will do my best||Personal Development: the Scout is making the Promise for himself or herself. By taking responsibility for his or her actions the Scout is recognising that individuals are responsible for what they become and what they do.
The Scout Promise includes the requirement to „do my best‟, not necessarily to be perfect. The Scout expected to strive to reach his or her potential rather than doing just enough to get by.
As with the Cub Scout Promise, the requirement to „do my best‟ applies to all parts of the Promise that follow.
|to do my duty to God||Spiritual Development: this is an expression of a progressive commitment to continue exploring their faiths and beliefs; the wording includes all faiths and beliefs recognised by The Scout Association. This can be replaced with alternative wording, such as „Dharma‟ or „Allah‟, which can better reflect the faith or belief of the individual making the Promise.|
|and to the Queen,||Make a positive contribution to society: “the Queen‟ is a reference to the United Kingdom’s monarchy, where the monarch reigns according to the laws of the nation. With this phrase, the Scout is expected to respect the laws of the land and to set a good example. For people of other nationalities resident in the United Kingdom, this phrase may be replaced with „the country in which I am now living‟.|
|to help other people||Make a positive contribution to society: this refers to the Scout‟s responsibility to help others in various ways – from the physical (such as helping a person who can‟t do something for themselves) to the emotional (such as comforting someone who is upset) – and also to include working towards a fairer world for all.|
|and to keep the Scout Law||Personal Development and make a positive contribution to society: the Scout Law focuses on the two areas of self and others with more detailed personal „rules.‟ They describe how to really live out the Promise|