The Fundamentals of Scouting

Purpose, Values and Method (the Fundamentals of Scouting)

New leaders need to complete the e-learning module here  and then send the PDF certificate to the GSL

Purpose: Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

As Scouts we are guided by these values:

  • Integrity              We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.
  • Respect.              We have self-respect and respect for others.
  • Care                    We support others and take care of the world in which we live.
  • Belief                  We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.
  • Cooperation      We make a positive difference; we cooperate and make friends

The Scout Method

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

  • enjoy what they are doing and have fun
  • take part in activities indoors and outdoors
  • learn by doing ยท share in spiritual reflection
  • take responsibility and make choices
  • undertake new and challenging activities
  • make and live by their Promise

The Promise and Law is the simple way in which we help young people and adults to remember and think about the fundamentals of Scouting. It is therefore vital that every Member considers the Promise and discusses its meaning before making the Promise and being invested into Scouting.

The Scout Promise

There are three versions of the Promise. Each version is written to be appropriate to the broad level of understanding of each of the age groups within the Movement.

The core Promise is:
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.

There are various wording changes that can be made to the Promise to cater for different faiths and foreign nationals living in the UK. The Scout Law Adult and youth Members express Scouting’s Values within the seven Scout laws.

  • A Scout is to be trusted. A Scout is loyal.
  • A Scout is friendly and considerate.  A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  • A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  • A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others

The fundamentals are covered in more detail in Module 5

There is an e-learning module here