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Words of Wisdom: Scout Oath & Law

Walking the Walk

Putting other people first and serving your community are fundamental principles instilled in scouting through the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Scout Oath pledges to do one's duty to others, and the Scout Law emphasizes traits like kindness, helpfulness, and loyalty. By applying these principles to everyday life, scouts learn the importance of selflessness and the positive impact of serving others. Whether it's volunteering at a local food bank, helping an elderly neighbor, or participating in community clean-up efforts, scouts embody the spirit of service and leadership. By prioritizing the needs of others and living by the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, individuals not only make a difference in their communities but also cultivate a sense of empathy, compassion, and responsibility that extends far beyond their scouting years.


Scout Law

The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. A Scout tries to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.

A Scout is:

  • TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.

  • LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.

  • HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

  • FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.

  • COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.

  • KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

  • OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

  • CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.

  • THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.

  • BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.

  • CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.

  • REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.

How has the Scout Oath & Law been applied to your life?

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