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The Scout Promise

The Promise and Law are at the heart of what we do as Scouts. They express the values we believe in as members of the worldwide family of Scouts.


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.

What does the Promise mean?

The Promise is, essentially, a promise that we make to ourselves and to others. It states the values that should all try to act out in our lives and intend, as Baden-Powell said to “leave this world a little better than you found it.”

The Promise is, essentially, a promise that we make to ourselves and to others. It states the values that should all try to act out in our lives and intend, as Baden-Powell said to “leave this world a little better than you found it.”
“On My Honour “- This means that this is something that you really mean to keep. You should be sure about what you are promising to do.

“I will do my best” – The commitment to always trying our hardest in whatever we do, to reach the highest standard that we can.

“Duty to God” – To think about what god wants of you, to grow and learn. This applies to any god and all gods.

“Duty to the Queen” – This means that we are showing our respect to our country. As Scouts in the UK, we do our duty to the Queen as she is the Head of State. We do this by saluting the Union Flag at the opening ceremony and obeying the laws. Scouts in other countries pledge to do their duty to their country.

“Help other people” – Working as a team with others; doing things that may not benefit us as individuals.

“To keep the Scout Law” – Speaks for itself!

Why do we make the Promise?

We make the Promise to show commitment to Scouting and to the values around which Scouting is based. We make the Promise when we are invested and repeat it at various other times to reaffirm our commitment to Scouting.