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.