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The Aim of the Scout Association

The aim of the Scout Association is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.  The method of achieving the aim is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training based on the Scout Law and Promise and guided by adult leadership.


Introduction to Scouting

Scouting is one of the great success stories of the last 100 years.  From an experimental camp for 20 boys led by Robert Baden-Powell on Brownsea Island in 1907, it has spread to 161 countries with an estimated 30 million members.

The Scout Association is the UK’s largest mixed youth movement.  It offers activities, adventure and personal development opportunities to more than 400,000 young people and 100,000 adult volunteers.  The Scout movement believes in helping young people grow in confidence and explore their potential as well as providing a range of adult volunteering opportunities.

Scouting is open to all young people aged between 6 and 25 both male and female and takes place in five sections:

Section Age
Beaver Scouts 6 – 8
Cub scouts 8 – 101/2
Scouts 101/2 – 14
Explorer Scouts 14 – 18
Scout Network 18 – 25



The Purpose and Principles of Scouting

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 a set of 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.
·  Co-operation  We make a positive difference; we co-operate with others and make friends


The Scout Law

The Scout Law is a set of ‘rules’ that Scouts should do their best to live their life by.  They are based on the Laws that Baden Powell came up with, but have evolved to reflect changing times.  The Laws are:

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 careful use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.


The Motto

The Motto for all Members of the Movement is:  Be Prepared.



Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every Section.  Scouting has a special ceremony for making the Promise called Investiture or being invested.  When a young person makes their Promise they put on their Group Scarf, receive “The Membership Award” and are welcomed as a new Member into the Scout family.  Different wordings of the promise are available for those of different faiths who may prefer not to use the word “God” and for those with special circumstances and needs.


The Membership Award

Making the Promise is the most important act in Scouting and is common to every Section. 
This Award helps the young person understand the commitment they are making when they make the Promise and become a Member of the Movement.  It covers the history, traditions and practices of Scouting.  The Joining In Awards recognise a commitment to Scouting.  They are awarded on the anniversary of the young person joining Scouting.



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