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.