Our Values

Part of being a Scout is going on a journey to understand who you are and what you stand for. Everyone is unique, but there are some things all Scouts can agree on. We call these Scout values. They’re at the heart of who we are and what we do. And we think they’re rather important:

We’re honest, we try to do the right thing (even if no one’s watching), and we stay true to ourselves.

We’re thoughtful of people’s feelings and values, treating everyone as we’d like to be treated ourselves.

We’re kind to ourselves and to others. We look after the world we live in.

We explore our beliefs and attitudes with wide-open minds – learning about other cultures, and thinking for ourselves.

We build bridges, not walls, and we work together to change the world for the better, making friends along the way.

Making the Promise

When young people decide to join us, they make a Promise to try and stick by their Scout values, using words that feel meaningful and appropriate for them.

Welcoming new members is a big celebration within the group. Young people chat through the different versions of the Promise and what they mean, before deciding which one best suits them.

Typically, this happens a few weeks into their Scout experience, once the young person has had time to settle in.

When they’re ready, they recite their chosen Promise at an event known as an ‘Investiture Ceremony’. Investitures are important special occasions. Young people might also want to invite their nearest and dearest along to watch them make their Promise, so they can cheer them on from the sidelines.

Once they’ve made the Promise, young people become official members of the section and of the worldwide Scout family.

The Scout Method

  •  enjoying what they are doing;
  •  learning by doing;
  •  participating in varied and progressive activities;
  •  making choices for themselves;
  •  taking responsibility for their own actions;
  •  working in groups;
  •  taking increasing responsibility for others;
  •  taking part in activities outdoors;
  •  sharing in prayer and worship;
  •  making and living out their Promise.