Scout Law

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All Scouts will have made the Scout Promise where they have promised to do their best to obey the Scout Law. The Scout Law is a great life tool in guiding you towards the right path.



The Scout Law[edit]

  1. A Scout’s honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and help others.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. A Scout obeys orders.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.


1. A Scout’s honour is to be trusted[edit]

People know they can depend on you because you are a Scout. They know you will tell the truth and when you say you will do something it will be done without fail. A scout is honest.

2. A Scout is loyal[edit]

To be loyal means to be faithful, obedient and true, or in plain words “to stick up for”. As a Scout you are faithful to your country, your family, your Troop, your Scouters, your Patrol, your friends, and as you get older those serving under you. You will speak up loyally in defence of your principles even if they are not popular.

3. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and help others[edit]

Helping others can bring you the greatest happiness, and as a Scout you do so willingly, without pay or reward. Try to do at least one good turn to somebody every day.

4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout[edit]

You will try to understand other people and respect those with ideas and customs different to yours. To other Scouts anywhere in the world, you are more than just a friend. You are a “brother” or “sister” to them, knowing that they obey the same laws of friendship and helpfulness as you do.

5. A Scout is courteous[edit]

Courteous is an old word meaning respectful and polite. As a Scout you know that good manners help everyone to get along better with each other.

6. A Scout is a friend to animals[edit]

A Scout does not hurt any living creature, whether by shooting at them, throwing stones or hurting them in any way. Never neglect to feed your pets. Remember all animals are part of nature. If they must be killed for food, or for some other good reason, it should be in the most humane way.

7. A Scout obeys orders[edit]

You obey orders from your family, teacher, scouter or Patrol Leader because you know they have the experience and you can trust them not to give you an order unless it is important. It is sensible discipline, which you accept in Scouting as a sports team obeys its captain. You must obey the rules and laws of your family, community and country. If you think they are unfair, you try to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.

8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties[edit]

You have the sense to look on the bright side of things, no matter what goes wrong, and you do your best to keep others happy with your smile. A Scout does not turn away from a problem, but stays and looks for a solution.

9. A Scout is thrifty[edit]

Being thrifty means you do not waste things that are valuable. You will take care of your possessions, your money and your time. You will protect and conserve the natural resources around you and carry out your jobs in the most efficient way.

10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed[edit]

Scouts keep their bodies and minds clean, fit and ready for action. You need to keep clean and wash your hands whenever necessary to prevent illness and keep you healthy. You should only think good things about others and do not pass on any slander that you have heard. A Scout does not swear or use bad language and always tries to speak in a positive way. Scouts understand their bodily changes as they develop, and try to keep their emotions and urges in check. You need to understand the importance of remaining celibate through your teenage years. If you feel uncertain or confused about this, discuss your feelings with your parents or Troop Scouter.


Remembering the Scout Law[edit]

There is a short 'poem' that can be used to remember the order of the 10 parts to the Scout Law:
Trusty, Loyal, Helpful
Brotherly, Courteous, Kind
Obedient, Smiling, Thrifty
Clean in body and mind