Code of Conduct, Law and Promise

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Kerry Harris

The Scout Law A Scout is to be Trusted A Scout is to be Loyal A Scout is Friendly and Considerate A Scout is a member of the world wide […]

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What is Scouting?

The Scouts are the original section which was founded by Baden Powell.

Scouts are given the opportunity to take part in activities such as gliding, canoeing, camping, hiking, shooting and many more.

Where Cubs are split into sixes, the Scout troop is split into patrols. Each patrol has a patrol leader (PL) and assistant (APL).


How do I become a Scout?

Speak to the Scout leader leading up to your 10th birthday or move on from cubs.

Once the young person has attended or visiting from Cubs for about four or five weeks, you will be advised to buy a uniform, once you have a uniform then you can be invested as Scouts.


What is involved in being invested?

The Scouts being invested stand in front of the rest of the troop, place their left hand on the flag and make the Scout sign with their right hand. They then make their Scout promise.   There are alternative versions of the promise to recognise differing beliefs of young people,   please discuss with the scout leader which promise will be used.

The Scout Promise The Scout Laws The Scout Motto
On my honour I promise
To do my best
To do my duty to God and the Queen
To help other people, and to keep the Scout law.
  • 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 good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  • A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
Be Prepared



The Scout Handshake

The Scouts shake with their left hand.  This goes back to Lord Baden-Powell who began scouting.  When he was a soldier in Africa he saw a large number of tribal chiefs who carried spears and shields.  He noticed that it was a sign of great trust to offer your left hand when shaking hands.  This was because you had to put down your shield and yet leave the other person holding a spear.



The Scout Salute

The Scout salute is made with the right hand.  It is used during the opening ceremony on Pack night.  It is also used at other times when, for example, you are presented with a badge.


The Scout Sign

When you make your Promise you will use a special kind of salute.  This is called the Scout Sign. It is the same as the Salute but you hold your hand at shoulder height.

scout sign


Scout Badges

As with Beavers and Cubs, the Scouts can earn activity and challenge badges, and the Chief Scouts gold award. Again, these are slightly harder and take longer than they do in the Cub and Beaver sections. Some badges bring, or require a recognised qualification, such as St. Johns Ambulance, and the British Canoe Union.




For further information on Scout badges, see


Group Scout Leader

Kerry joined us as an Assistant Scout Leader in the summer of 2010. Kerry's hobbies include walking and horse riding, all good healthy outdoor pursuits ideally suited to the Scouts. In her youth back in her home county of Derbyshire Kerry was an active member of her local Guide Group. As a secondary school teacher Kerry brings a great skill set that is ideally suited to the Scout section and being a geography teacher as well just makes it better. An avid fan of Sci Fi, both books and films, and particular all things Zombie Kerry fits in really well!


Scout Leader

Mel is our Scout Leader. Mel has been with the group over 5 years now. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. Supported by Nathan, she runs the section for our 10 and a half to 14 year olds.