Alternative Promise

109th Scout Group

Lowe Memorial Presbyterian Church, Finaghy

 

Part of South Belfast District

Alternative Promise

 

The revised Fundamentals of Scouting

 

Since its inception Scouting has continually adapted to remain relevant to society, whilst staying rooted to the underlying principles on which it was established more than one hundred years ago.

 

Periodically The Scout Association looks at its Fundamentals to check that the core essence of Scouting is captured and expressed in a way that can be easily understood by and relevant to those undertaking Scouting today.

 

The Fundamentals explain why we do Scouting and how we do it. Our programme with young people is based on the Fundamentals and they help to guide us in our Scouting.

 

During the course of 2010 we held an extensive consultation exercise that asked members to share their thoughts on the Fundamentals and whether it was appropriate to make any revisions. In addition we conducted an online survey and received valuable feedback. The latest revision of the Fundamentals has been approved by the Trustees and has been used since January 2013.

 

 

Revised Fundamentals of Scouting

 

 

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

The Values of Scouting 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 with others 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;

•share in spiritual reflection;

•take responsibility and make choices;

•undertake new and challenging activities; and

•make and live by their Promise.

 

 

Alternative versions of the Scout Promise have been available for nearly 50 years and have been used by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and those who live in the UK but are not UK citizens. This new additional alternative Promise will now add to the suite of alternative versions to ensure we are inclusive to adults who are humanist or have no affirmed faith who wish to volunteer for Scouting, and young people who are humanist or with no affirmed faith who wish to join Scouting.

 

The existing core Scout Promise remains in place and The Scout Association remains fully committed as a Movement that explores faith, beliefs and attitudes as a core element of its programme.

 

The existing Scout Promise:

 

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.

 

New alternative wording of the Promise:

 

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best

To uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to the Queen,

To help other people

And to keep the Scout Law.

 

For Cub Scout section

(ages 8 to 10½):

 

I promise that I will do my best

To uphold our Scout values, to do my duty to the Queen,

To help other people

And to keep the Cub Scout Law.

 

For Beaver Scout section

(ages 6 to 8):

 

I promise to do my best

To be kind and helpful and to love our world.

 

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