Fundamentals of Scouting

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Fundamentals of Scouting

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:



We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal.


We have self-respect and respect for others.


We support others and take care of the world in which we live.


We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes.


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.

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