THE SCOUT PROMISE: “On my honour I promise that I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people at all times, To obey the Scout Law.” On my honour A person’s honour is one of the most sacred possessions he/she has and so it has to be trusted. Honour can be relied upon to carryout what has been entrusted to you. If you say to your mother, “I shall fetch the water,” it means that your mother can stop worrying about fetching the water, because you will bring it, even if it means missing watching a school football match. It is much better to admit right away that you will not or cannot carryout a duty than to accept it lightly, knowing that you may not fulfill it. I Promise that I will do my best When you make the Scout Promise you do not promise just to be something, but to do something. The promise is an action, not just something to be talked about. To do my duty to God A movement which is guiding young people and helping them to be good citizens must bring its members to a knowledge of God. Scouting is interdenominational; thus the specific interpretation of “duty to God” depends on each Scout’s religious guidance. It is expected that every Scout shall belong to some religious denomination and attend its services. In case you are not attached to any church, you should get in touch with the church to which your parents belong or in which you were baptized (failing these, any denomination to which the parents give their approval). Scouting accepts without question the authority of the churches. And My Country Imagine how would feel if a stranger walked into your bedroom and took away your box full of clothes. You would feel most unhappy. Why do such things not happen very often? It is because the Government has laws to protect its citizens (the laws of a country provide that the citizens of that country behave well towards one another and that they do not fight or cheat or steal from one another). The government makes sure that these laws are respected by punishing those who break them. In addition, the Government provides its citizens with schools, hospitals, roads, water and other things which are necessary for their happiness. A Scout wishes to be a good citizen by obeying the laws of the country. You will co-operate with the police, the chiefs, the local administrators in your area and all those people who are involved in protecting you. Follow the Highway Code, learn the National Anthem, respect the Flag and have a knowledge of the working of the Government, and you will be doing your duty to your country. To help other people at all times As well as learning to do things for yourself, as a Scout you must learn to give by doing things for other people. You should first of all do things in your home by accepting to do regular duties, such as making your own bed, helping to wash the dishes and keeping the compound clean, as well as helping out as occasion arises. In order to help others, you must “be prepared” and be observant. You should always be on the lookout for opportunities to help other people, for example, neighbours, strangers, children and old people. To obey the Scout Law The Scout Law has been drawn up from experience and it is workable. It is not difficult at all. In fact if you follow the Scout Law, you will find life a very pleasant thing to live.
THE SCOUT LAW: The Scout Law is made up of ten points which are:-
A SCOUT IS TRUSTWORTHY: This is the most important point of the Scout Law. A Scout does not tell lies, nor cheat, but is completely honest, reliable, and keeps promises.
A SCOUT IS LOYAL: This is the most important point of the Scout Law. A Scout does not tell lies, not cheat, but is completely honest, reliable, and keeps promises
A SCOUT IS HELPFUL: A scout is concerned about other people. This includes those who are not your friends or not even members of your family. You help without being asked and without hoping for any reward or payment. You help just when it is convenient, but whenever the opportunity to help arises
A SCOUT IS FRIENDLY: A Scout is friendly to all people, accepts and respects other Scouts even if their ideas and customs are different from their own.
A SCOUT IS RESPECTFUL AND KIND Having respect for others means being polite, considerate and unselfish at all times to everyone regardless of age or position. You are expected to show good manners by being kind, (especially to young children) apologizing for the mistakes which you have made, and respecting other people's opinions. A Scout understands that there is strength in being gentle. Treat others as you want to be treated.
A SCOUT CONSERVES NATURE . Nature is the greatest gift which God has given us. It includes all living and non living things. All things live on nature. A Scout should never destroy nature or damage living things, unless it is very necessary. A Scout is expected to improve on nature: e.g. by planting trees and caring for them. It is also important for a Scout to remember that animals feel pain just as much as we do. We should therefore be kind to them and if it is necessary to kill them, to do so as quickly and painlessly as possible. Treat domestic animals friendly, and avoid hurting them.
A SCOUT IS OBEDIENT A Scout carries out willingly and cheerfully orders of his parents, Patrol leader and all leaders. It is necessary to have some kind of order in all our activities. We have to arrange the activities, but there must be someone whom we can look up to for guidance when arranging or carrying out the activities. Scouts in a troop have to look for guidance, but there must be something that will bind them together for the activity. This binding together is a way of loyalty which we can term discipline which comes from obedience. Instant and cheerful obedience makes life easier for all concerned and avoids unkind words and bad temper. If for any reason, you disagree with an order which is given to you, carry it out first and then afterwards you may complain. A Scout should know what to do without being told; and therefore should not wait for orders except in an emergency, when order is essential.
A SCOUT IS CHEERFUL AND COURAGEOUS UNDER ALL DIFFICULTIES. When things seem to go wrong, as they often will, you cannot make them any better by being miserable. Try to put them right and do it cheerfully. Others will be encouraged if you smile, and if you make an effort others will come and help you. Always remember that a smile is an important part of Scouting.
A SCOUT IS THRIFTY Thrifty means not being wasteful, and taking proper care of things. You should therefore not spend money foolishly or waste your time and other people's time or things. You should not waste food, water, or fuel. Always turn off the water taps properly, and reserve left over food for the next meal where possible, or give it to someone in need. If you have a rope, whip its ends so that they will not fray. Mend your clothes the moment you see a tear, and replace the buttons on your clothes.
A SCOUT IS CLEAN IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED The Ancient Greeks believed that a good mind was in a sound body. Bad thoughts, words, or deeds don't make a good mind, neither can your body be sound if you are not clean. A Scout does not have bad thoughts about other people. Also a Scout is expected to speak fairly and truthfully and does not gossip, abuse people, blaspheme or tell dirty stories. You must keep you body clean by frequent bathing and by washing your clothes. Keep your surroundings clean by destroying rubbish.