Scout Law

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Since the publication of Scouting for Boys in 1908, all Scouts and Guides around the world, as well as members of the affiliated Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, have taken a Scout Promise or oath to live up to ideals of the movement, and subscribed to a Scout Law. The wording of the promise and law have varied slightly over time and among Scouting organizations.

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History[edit]

The origin of the Scout Law derives from the parallel and closely connected development of the North American and British youth outdoor programs. When writing Scouting for Boys, General Baden-Powell drew inspiration from the work of Ernest Thompson Seton, who had founded the Woodcraft Indians in Canada and the U.S. in 1902, and later was instrumental in spreading Scouting throughout North America. Baden-Powell, on encouragement from Seton in 1904, began forming his Boy Scouts in England. Seton's laws in his 1907 Woodcraft guide (The Birch-Bark Roll) seem unrelated to the Scout Law, being more a list of practical injunctions (Seton pp. 12–13, ee.gg., "Don't rebel," "Don't kindle a wild fire," etc.) than the affirmative, high-minded ideals of the eventual Scouting version. Still, in this primitive form was the source of the idea of a set of codes.

The first list resembling the current form appeared the following year in Baden-Powell's 1908 Scouting for Boys. It is so far unclear to what degree Seton and Baden-Powell collaborated in developing the nine essential points common to nearly all worldwide Scouting programs. The Boy Scouts of America's 1910 version was virtually identical to the original nine British points of 1908, and the BSA's Handbook for Boys (1911), Seton's admixture of Scouting for Boys and his own Woodcraft guides, uses these nine. By 1912 Seton's The Book of Woodcraft (pp. 20–47) studied the qualities of Native American Indians using a list identical to the full 12 points of the 1911 U.S. Scout Law, only in reverse order, indicating the parallel development of the two manuscripts. Similarly, Seton's formulation years later of a 12-point Woodcraft law was much closer to the current U.S. Scout Law and even more elaborate (cf. his Fourfold Fire and Sandpainting of the Fire in Woodland Tales). Somewhere during this period, Scouting programs in the British Isles and colonies added a 10th point regarding spiritual and bodily cleanliness similar to Seton's 11th point.

According to the original U.S. handbook (Seton and Baden-Powell 1911, p. 31), which elaborated on the British version, the founders drew inspiration for the Scout Law from the Bushido code of the Japanese Samurai (Baden-Powell and Seton), laws of honor of the American Indians (Seton), the code of chivalry of European knights (Baden-Powell), and the Zulu fighters Baden-Powell had fought against (Baden-Powell).[1][2]

The original Scout law appeared with the publication of Scouting for Boys in 1908 and is as follows (sic, capitalization, numbering, etc. by Baden-Powell):[3][4][5]

1.   A SCOUT'S HONOUR IS TO BE TRUSTED. If a scout says "On my honour it is so," that means it is so, just as if he had taken a most solemn oath. Similarly, if a scout officer says to a scout, "I trust you on your honour to do this," the Scout is bound to carry out the order to the very best of his ability, and to let nothing interfere with his doing so. If a scout were to break his honour by telling a lie, or by not carrying out an order exactly when trusted on his honour to do so, he would cease to be a scout, and must hand over his scout badge and never be allowed to wear it again.
2. A SCOUT IS LOYAL to the King, and to his officers, and to his country, and to his employers. He must stick to them through thick and thin against anyone who is their enemy, or who even talks badly of them.
3. A SCOUT'S DUTY IS TO BE USEFUL AND TO HELP OTHERS. And he is to do his duty before anything else, even though he gives up his own pleasure, or comfort, or safety to do it. When in difficulty to know which of two things to do, he must ask himself, "Which is my duty?" that is, "Which is best for other people?"---and do that one. He must Be Prepared at any time to save life, or to help injured persons. And he must do a good turn to somebody every day.
4. A SCOUT IS A FRIEND TO ALL, AND A BROTHER TO EVERY OTHER SCOUT, NO MATTER TO WHAT SOCIAL CLASS THE OTHER BELONGS. If a scout meets another scout, even though a stranger to him, he must speak to him, and help him in any way that he can, either to carry out the duty he is then doing, or by giving him food, or, as far as possible, anything that he may be in want of. A scout must never be a SNOB. A snob is one who looks down upon another because he is poorer, or who is poor and resents another because he is rich. A scout accepts the other man as he finds him, and makes the best of him -- "Kim," the boy scout, was called by the Indians "Little friend of all the world," and that is the name which every scout should earn for himself.
5. A SCOUT IS COURTEOUS: That is, he is polite to all—but especially to women and children and old people and invalids, cripples, etc. And he must not take any reward for being helpful or courteous.
6. A SCOUT IS A FRIEND TO ANIMALS. He should save them as far as possible from pain, and should not kill any animal unnecessarily, even if it is only a fly---for it is one of God's creatures.
7. A SCOUT OBEYS ORDERS of his patrol-leader, or scout master without question. Even if he gets an order he does not like, he must do as soldiers and sailors do, he must carry it out all the same because it is his duty; and after he has done it he can come and state any reasons against it: but he must carry out the order at once. That is discipline.
8. A SCOUT SMILES AND WHISTLES under all circumstances. When he gets an order he should obey it cheerily and readily, not in a slow, hang-dog sort of way. Scouts never grouse at hardships, nor whine at each other, nor swear when put out. When you just miss a train, or some one treads on your favourite corn---not that a scout ought to have such things as corns--- or under any annoying circumstances, you should force yourself to smile at once, and then whistle a tune, and you will be all right. A scout goes about with a smile on and whistling. It cheers him and cheers other people, especially in time of danger, for he keeps it up then all the same. The punishment for swearing or bad language is for each offence a mug of cold water to be poured down the offender's sleeve by the other scouts.
9. A SCOUT IS THRIFTY, that is, he saves every penny he can, and puts it in the bank, so that he may have money to keep himself when out of work, and thus not make himself a burden to others; or that he may have money to give away to others when they need it.

These were written for the Scouts in the whole world, yet of course firstly focused on Scouting in the United Kingdom. As other groups started up Scouting organizations (often in other countries), each modified the laws, for instance 'loyal to the King' would be replaced by the equivalent text appropriate for each country.

During the years, Baden-Powell himself edited the text numerous times, notably in 1911 adding:

  • A SCOUT IS CLEAN IN THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED. Decent Scouts look down upon silly youths who talk dirt, and they do not let themselves give way to temptation, either to talk it or to do anything dirty. A Scout is pure, and clean-minded, and manly.

A version of the Guide law, hand-written by Baden-Powell is displayed at Foxlease.[6]

Australia[edit]

Scouts Australia[edit]

  1. A Scout is trustworthy
  2. A Scout is loyal
  3. A Scout is helpful
  4. A Scout is friendly
  5. A Scout is cheerful
  6. A Scout is considerate
  7. A Scout is thrifty
  8. A Scout is courageous
  9. A Scout is respectful
  10. A Scout cares for the environment

Guides Australia[edit]

As a Guide I will strive to:

  1. Respect myself and others
  2. Be considerate, honest and trustworthy
  3. Be friendly to others
  4. Make choices for a better world
  5. Use my time and abilities wisely
  6. Be thoughtful and optimistic
  7. Live with courage and strength

Argentina[edit]

Scouts de Argentina[edit]

  1. A Scout loves God and lives his/her faith fully.
  2. A Scout is loyal and worthy of all trust.
  3. A Scout is generous, courteous, and shows solidarity.
  4. A Scout is respectful and brother/sister of everyone.
  5. A Scout defends and values the family.
  6. A Scout loves and defends life and nature.
  7. A Scout knows how to obey; he/she chooses and acts with responsibility.
  8. A Scout is optimistic even through difficult times.
  9. A Scout is economic, hard-working, and respectful of others' well being. (The Spanish phrase respetuoso del bien ajeno can also be translated as "respectful of others' goods and properties".)
  10. A Scout is pure and leads a healthy life.

Baden Powell Scouts Argentina[edit]

The Scout:

  1. He bases his honor to be worthy of confidence.
  2. He's loyal.
  3. It is useful and helps others without expecting anything in return
  4. It is everyone's friend, and brother to all Scouts, regardless of creed, race or social class.
  5. It is polite and gentlemanly.
  6. Obey without mirrors and nothing by halves.
  7. Sees in nature the work of God protects animals and plants.
  8. He smiles and sings in the difficulties
  9. It's affordable, hardworking and thorough the good of others.
  10. A Scout is clean and healthy, pure thoughts, words and actions.

Diocesan Association of Catholic Scouts[edit]

  1. A Scout is trustworthy because is responsible.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. The Scout serves and helping others without expecting reward.
  4. A Scout is friend to all and brother to other Scouts.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. The Scout sees in nature the work of God and that's good with animals and plants.
  7. A Scout obeys without mirrors and does nothing by halves.
  8. A Scout smiles and sings in difficult times.
  9. The Scout is cheap and respects the property of others.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed and use all their senses.

Bangladesh[edit]

Bangladesh Scouts[edit]

  1. A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is a friend to all.
  3. A Scout is courteous and obedient.
  4. A Scout is kind to animals.
  5. A Scout is cheerful at all times.
  6. A Scout is thrifty.
  7. A Scout is clean in thought,word and deed.

Brazil[edit]

Federação de Bandeirantes do Brasil[edit]

A Guide...

  1. - Is trustworthy.
  2. - Is loyal and respects truth.
  3. - Helps others on all occasion.
  4. – Esteems and cherishes friendship.
  5. - Is kind and courteous.
  6. - Sees God in creation and protects nature.
  7. - Knows how to obey.
  8. - Faces all difficulties cheerfully.
  9. - Uses resources wisely.
  10. - Acts, thinks, and is coherent with moral values.

União dos Escoteiros do Brasil[edit]

  1. O Escoteiro tem uma só palavra; sua honra vale mais do que a própria vida.
    A Scout is to be trusted; his honor is of greater value than his life.
  2. O Escoteiro é leal.
    A Scout is loyal.
  3. O Escoteiro está sempre alerta para ajudar o próximo e pratica diariamente uma boa ação.
    A Scout is always prepared to help his fellow man and practices a good turn every day.
  4. O Escoteiro é amigo de todos e irmão dos demais Escoteiros.
    A Scout is a friend to everybody and a brother to every other Scout.
  5. O Escoteiro é cortês.
    A Scout is courteous.
  6. O Escoteiro é bom para os animais e as plantas.
    A Scout is good to animals and plants.
  7. O Escoteiro é obediente e disciplinado.
    A Scout is obedient and orderly.
  8. O Escoteiro é alegre e sorri nas dificuldades.
    A Scout is happy and smiles in difficulties.
  9. O Escoteiro é econômico e respeita o bem alheio.
    A Scout is thrifty and respects the property of others.
  10. O Escoteiro é limpo de corpo e alma.
    A Scout is clean on body and soul.

Canada[edit]

Scouts Canada[edit]

A Scout is
Helpful and trustworthy,
Kind and cheerful,
Considerate and clean,
And wise in the use of all resources.

Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada[edit]

The Guiding Law challenges me to:

  1. Be honest and trustworthy
  2. Use my resources wisely
  3. Respect myself and others
  4. Recognize and use my talents and abilities
  5. Protect our common environment
  6. Live with courage and strength
  7. Share in the sisterhood of Guiding

B-PSA British Columbia[edit]

  1. A Scout's honour is to be trusted
  2. A Scout is Loyal to the Queen, and to his country, and to his employers.
  3. A Scout's duty is to be useful and to 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 of his patrol leader or scout master without question.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Chile[edit]

  1. The Scout places his honor in being worthy of trust.
  2. The Scout is loyal.
  3. The Scout is useful and helps others, without thinking of compensation.
  4. The Scout shares with everyone.
  5. The Scout is courteous and gentlemanly.
  6. The Scout cares for nature and finds God in it
  7. The Scout is obedient and does nothing half way.
  8. The Scout is optimistic.
  9. The Scout is thrifty.
  10. The Scout is clean and pure in thought, word and deed.

Colombia[edit]

  1. El scout cifra su honor en ser digno de confianza
  2. El scout es leal
  3. El scout ayuda a los demas sin importar mayor recompensa
  4. El scout es amigo de todos y hermano de otro scout sin importar distincion de raza, credo o posicion social
  5. El scout es cortes y caballeroso
  6. El scout ama la naturaleza como obra de Dios y preocura su conservacion y progreso
  7. El scout obedece sin replica alguna y no hace nada a medias
  8. El scout rie y canta en sus dificultades
  9. El scout es ahorrativo y cuidadoso del bien ajeno
  10. El scout es puro de pensamiento, palabra y obra

Costa Rica[edit]

Asociación de Guías y Scouts de Costa Rica[edit]

  1. A Scout shows his honour by being worthy of trust.
  2. A Scout is loyal to God, his nation, his parents, his bosses, and his subordinates.
  3. A Scout is useful and helps others without thinking of rewards.
  4. A Scout is everybody's friend and brother/sister of all Scouts, without distinction of creed, race, nationality, or social class.
  5. A Scout is courteous and well mannered.
  6. A Scout sees God's work in nature. He or she protects animals and plants.
  7. A Scout obeys rationally and does things in an orderly and complete manner.
  8. A Scout smiles and sings through difficult times.
  9. A Scout is economic, hard-working, and careful of others' well being. (The original Spanish phrase, cuidadoso del bien ajeno, can also mean "being careful/respectful of others' properties".)
  10. A Scout is clean and healthy; pure in his thoughts, words, and actions.

Croatia[edit]

Savez izviđača Hrvatske[edit]

  1. Izviđač je dobar prijatelj, vedar i društven.
    A Scout is a good friend, cheerful and sociable.
  2. Izviđač poštuje roditelje i starije, a pomaže mlađima i slabijima.
    A Scout respects parents and elders, and helps younger and weaker.
  3. Izviđač stalno uči i primjenjuje stečena znanja.
    A scout learns all the time and implements achieved knowledges.
  4. Izviđač je koristan član zajednice u kojoj živi.
    A scout is a constructive part of the community.
  5. Izviđač je čestit, uljudan i nesebičan.
    A scout is honorable, courteous and unselfish.
  6. Izviđač je vrijedan, istrajan i cijeni rad.
    A scout is diligent, persistent and appreciates work.
  7. Izviđač voli prirodu, upoznaje ju i čuva.
    A scout loves the Nature, knows it and protects it.
  8. Izviđač odgovorno izvršava zajedničke odluke.
    A scout responsibly obeys collective decisions.
  9. Izviđač cijeni i razvija duhovne i kulturne vrijednosti.
    A scout appreciates and develops spiritual and cultural values.
  10. Izviđač skrbi o svom zdravlju i tjelesnoj sposobnosti i kloni se štetnih navika.
    A scout cares for his/her health and fitness and stays away from harmful habits.
  11. Izviđač čuva čast i ugled svoje udruge i cijelog izviđačkog pokreta.
    A scout cares for honor and reputation of his/her group and the whole scout movement.
  12. Izviđaču je čast da mu vjeruju.
    A Scout's honour is to be trusted.

Czech Republic[edit]

  1. Skaut je pravdomluvný
    A Scout speaks the truth
  2. Skaut je věrný a oddaný
    A Scout can be trusted and is loyal
  3. Skaut je prospěšný a pomáhá jiným
    A Scout is useful to society and helps others
  4. Skaut je přítelem všech lidí dobré vůle a bratrem každého skauta
    A Scout is a friend to all people of good will and a brother/sister to all Scouts and Guides
  5. Skaut je zdvořilý
    A Scout is courteous
  6. Skaut je ochráncem přírody a cenných výtvorů lidských
    A Scout protects nature and valuable human products
  7. Skaut je poslušný rodičů, představených a vůdců
    A Scout obeys his/her parents, superiors and Scout/Guide leaders
  8. Skaut je veselé mysli
    A Scout is of cheerful mind
  9. Skaut je hospodárný
    A Scout is thrifty
  10. Skaut je čistý v myšlenkách, slovech i skutcích
    A Scout is pure in thought, word and deeds

Denmark[edit]

De Gule Spejdere i Danmark[edit]

  1. En spejder er til at stole på - A Scout is reliable
  2. En spejder er hjælpsom og en god kammerat - A Scout is helpful and a good friend
  3. En spejder er god mod dyr - A Scout is kind to animals
  4. En spejder tager vanskeligheder med godt humør - A Scout faces difficulties in good spirits
  5. En spejder er ren i tanke, ord og handling - A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed

KFUM-Spejderne i Danmark[edit]

  1. En spejder lytter til guds ord - A scout listens to the word of God
  2. En spejder er hjælpsom - A scout is helpful
  3. En spejder respekterer andre - A scout respects others
  4. En spejder værner om naturen - A scout protects and guards nature
  5. En spejder er til at stole på - A scout is trustworthy
  6. En spejder tager medansvar - A scout takes responsibility
  7. En spejder finder sin egen mening - A scout finds their own opinion

DDS - Det Danske Spejderkorps[edit]

Den der er med i spejdernes fællesskab gør sit bedste for - Whomever is in the scouts' community does his best to

  1. At finde sin egen tro og respektere andres - Find his/her own faith and respect that of others
  2. At værne om naturen - Safeguard nature
  3. At være en god kammerat - Be a good friend
  4. At være hensynsfuld og hjælpe andre - Be considerate and help others
  5. At være til at stole på - Be trustworthy
  6. At høre andres meninger og danne sine egne - Hear others' opinions and make his/her own
  7. At tage medansvar i familie og samfund - Take responsibility in family and society

Finland[edit]

The Guides and Scouts of Finland[edit]

The Ideals of a Scout are

  1. To respect others
  2. To love and protect the environment
  3. To be reliable
  4. To build friendship across boundaries
  5. To feel one’s responsibility and to take action
  6. To develop oneself as a human being
  7. To search for truth in life

Germany[edit]

Deutsche Pfadfinderschaft Sankt Georg[edit]

Gesetz

Als Pfadfinderin ...

Als Pfadfinder ...

  1. ... begegne ich allen Menschen mit Respekt und habe alle Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder als Geschwister.
  2. ... gehe ich zuversichtlich und mit wachen Augen durch die Welt.
  3. ... bin ich höflich und helfe da, wo es notwendig ist.
  4. ... mache ich nichts halb und gebe auch in Schwierigkeiten nicht auf.
  5. ... entwickle ich eine eigene Meinung und stehe für diese ein.
  6. ... sage ich, was ich denke, und tue, was ich sage.
  7. ... lebe ich einfach und umweltbewusst.
  8. ... stehe ich zu meiner Herkunft und zu meinem Glauben.

English translation:

Scouts’ Law

As a girl scout ...

As a boy scout ...

  1. ... I meet everybody with respect. All scouts are my brothers and sisters.
  2. ... I go through the world confidently.
  3. ... I am courteous and helpful wherever this is necessary.
  4. ... I shall not do things just by halves and shall not give up, even in difficult situations.
  5. ... I shall develop my own opinion and stand by it.
  6. ... I shall say what I think and do what I say.
  7. ... I shall live modestly and in an environmental conscious manner.
  8. ... I shall stand by my origins and my faith.

Guatemala[edit]

Asociación de Scouts de Guatemala[edit]

  1. El / La Scout cifra su honor en ser digno de confianza.
  2. El / La Scout es patriota y leal.
  3. El / La Scout es útil y ayuda a los demás sin pensar en recompensa.
  4. El / La Scout es amigo/a de todos y hermano/a de cualquier Scout, sin distinción de raza, credo, clase social, o nacionalidad.
  5. El / La Scout es cortés y caballeroso/ (para las Muchachas Scouts:) y actúa con nobleza.
  6. El / La Scout ve en la naturaleza la obra de Dios; protege a los animales y las plantas.
  7. El / La Scout es obediente y hace las cosas en orden y completas.
  8. El / La Scout sonríe y canta en sus dificultades.
  9. El / La Scout es económico/a, trabajador/a, y cuidadoso/a del bien ajeno.
  10. El / La Scout es limpio/a y sano/a, puro/a en pensamiento, palabra, y acción.

(English translation:)

  1. The Scout bases his/her honour on being trustworthy.
  2. The Scout is patriotic and loyal.
  3. The Scout is useful and helps others without thinking of a reward.
  4. The Scout is a friend to everyone and a brother to every Scout, without distinction of race, creed, social class, or nationality.
  5. The Scout is courteous and chivalrous.
  6. The Scout sees in nature the work of God; he protects animals and plants.
  7. The Scout is obedient and does things in order and completely.
  8. The Scout smiles and sings in his difficulties.
  9. The Scout is thrifty, hard-working, and careful of others' well-being/goods.
  10. The Scout is clean and healthy, pure in thought, word, and deed.

Hong Kong[edit]

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the world-wide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

Hungary[edit]

  1. A Scout is upright and always tells the truth.
  2. A Scout does his/her duties to God, his/her Country and his/her fellow people.
  3. A Scout helps whenever he/she can.
  4. A Scout is a brother/sister to all Scouts.
  5. A Scout is gentle with others, but strict to him/herself.
  6. A Scout loves nature, is kind to animals and takes care of plants.
  7. A Scout obeys his superiors willingly and wholeheartedly
  8. A Scout is cheerful and considerate.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in body and soul

Iceland[edit]

  1. A Scout is helpful
  2. A Scout is cheerful
  3. A Scout is loyal
  4. A Scout is a friend of the nature
  5. A Scout is considerate
  6. A Scout is modest
  7. A Scout is cooperative
  8. A Scout is thrifty
  9. A Scout is respectful
  10. A Scout is independent

India[edit]

  1. A Scout/Guide is trustworthy
  2. A Scout/Guide is loyal
  3. A Scout/Guide is a friend to all and a brother/sister to every other Scout/Guide.
  4. A Scout/Guide is courteous
  5. A Scout/Guide is a friend to animals and loves nature.
  6. A Scout/Guide is disciplined and helps protect public property.
  7. A Scout/Guide is courageous.
  8. A Scout/Guide is thrifty.
  9. A Scout/Guide is pure in thought, word and deed.
  10. A Scout/Guide should be honourable

Indonesia[edit]

  1. Believe in God the Almighty
  2. Preserve nature and love each other
  3. Be an affable and knightly patriot
  4. Be obedient and collegial
  5. Help others with compliance and resilience
  6. Be diligent, skilled and cheerful
  7. Be provident and simple
  8. Exercise discipline, be brave and faithful
  9. Be accountable and trustworthy
  10. Have purity in mind, word and act

Ireland[edit]

Gasóga na hÉireann/Scouting Ireland[edit]

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is helpful and considerate to all.
  4. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  5. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  6. A Scout has respect for self and others.
  7. A Scout respects nature and the environment

Former Associations

Scouting Ireland (CSI)[edit]

  1. A Scout is loyal
  2. A Scout is trustworthy
  3. A Scout is helpful
  4. A Scout is friendly
  5. A Scout is courteous
  6. A Scout is kind
  7. A Scout is obedient
  8. A Scout is cheerful
  9. A Scout is thrifty
  10. A Scout is brave
  11. A Scout is pure in thought, word and deed
  12. A Scout does all for the glory of God[7]

Israel[edit]

Hebrew Scouts Movement in Israel[edit]

  1. A scout speaks the truth
  2. A scout is loyal to his people and his country and language
  3. A scout is useful member in society, loves work and helping others
  4. A scout is a friend of every person and brother of every scout
  5. A scout is polite
  6. A scout loves plant and animal life and protects it
  7. A scout is a disciplined man
  8. A scout's spirit does not fall
  9. A scout is a frugal person
  10. A scout is clean in words and deeds

Italy[edit]

Scouting for Boys[edit]

This is how the original Scout Law was translated in the Italian edition of "Scouting for Boys" (Scautismo per Ragazzi). Every association in Italy made its own version of the Scout Law, keeping the original spirit.

  1. L'onore di uno Scout è di essere creduto.
    A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
  2. Lo Scout è fedele: al Re, alla Patria, ai suoi Capi, ai suoi genitori, ai suoi datori di lavoro e ai suoi sottoposti.
    A Scout is loyal to the King, his country, his officers, his parents, his employers, and those under him.
  3. Il dovere di uno Scout è di essere utile e aiutare gli altri.
    A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others.
  4. Lo Scout è amico di tutti e fratello di ogni altro Scout, a prescindere dalla classe sociale di appartenenza.
    A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what social class the other belongs.
  5. Lo Scout è cortese.
    A Scout is courteous.
  6. Lo Scout è un amico per gli animali.
    A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. Lo Scout ubbidisce agli ordini dei suoi genitori, del Capo Pattuglia o del suo Capo senza replicare.
    A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leader or Scoutmaster without question.
  8. Lo Scout sorride e fischietta in tutte le difficoltà.
    A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. Lo Scout è economo.
    A Scout is thrifty.
  10. Lo Scout è pulito nel pensiero, nella parola e nell'azione.
    A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Japan[edit]

Scout Association of Japan[edit]

  1. A Scout is faithful.
  2. A Scout is friendly.
  3. A Scout is courteous.
  4. A Scout is kind.
  5. A Scout is cheerful.
  6. A Scout is thrifty.
  7. A Scout is courageous.
  8. A Scout is thankful.

Girl Scouts of Japan[edit]

  1. I am cheerful and courageous at all times.
  2. I respect all living things.
  3. I am a friend to all, and a sister to every Girl Scout.
  4. I am courteous
  5. I use time and resources wisely.
  6. I think and act on my own.
  7. I am responsible for what I say and do.
  8. I try to be sincere.

Latvia[edit]

  1. Skauts ir patiess
    A Scout is trustworthy
  2. Skauts ir uzticīgs Tēvijai
    A Scout is loyal to the fatherland
  3. Skauts ir pašaizliedzīgs un palīdzīgs
    A Scout is selfless and helpful
  4. Skauts ir draudzīgs un iecietīgs
    A Scout is friendly and tolerant
  5. Skauts ir pieklājīgs
    A Scout is courteous
  6. Skauts ir dabas draugs
    A Scout is Nature's friend
  7. Skauts ir paklausīgs
    A Scout is obedient
  8. Skauts ir možs grūtībās
    A Scout is cheerful in hardships
  9. Skauts ir darbīgs un taupīgs
    A Scout is hard-working and thrifty
  10. Skauts ir tīrs domās, vārdos un darbos.
    A Scout is clean in thoughts, words, and deeds

Malaysia[edit]

Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia[edit]

English Version

  1. A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, the rulers and to his Scouters, his parents, his employers and to those under him.
  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 no matter what country, class or creed the other may belong
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. A Scout obeys orders of his parents, Patrol Leader or Scout Masters without question.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and action.

(Malay version translated to English):

  1. A Scout is to be trusted and has self dignity.
  2. A Scout is loyal towards the King and other Rajas, towards the Scout Masters, parents, employers and those below him.
  3. A Scout is to make himself useful and helpful at all times.
  4. A Scout is a friend to scouts around the world and the people around him/her.
  5. A Scout is good and kind and will always do good.
  6. A Scout is good and kind to animals.
  7. A Scout always follow his parents' and Scout Masters' orders without question.
  8. A Scout is always patient and smiles during difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is pure of thought, word and action.

Persatuan Pandu Puteri Malaysia[edit]

(translated from Malay):

  1. A Guide's honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Guide is loyal.
  3. A Guides's duty is to be useful and help others.
  4. A Guide is friend to all and a sister to every other guide.
  5. A Guide is courteous.
  6. A Guide is a friend to animals and care for all living things.
  7. A Guide obey orders.
  8. A Guide smiles and sings under all difficulties.
  9. A Guide is thrifty.
  10. A Guide is pure in thought, word and in deed.

Malta[edit]

The Scout Association of Malta[8][edit]

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout is a brother to all scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of his time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has respect for himself and for others.
  8. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

New Zealand[edit]

Scouting New Zealand[9][edit]

  1. A Scout is loyal and trustworthy
  2. A Scout is considerate and tolerant
  3. A Scout is a friend to all
  4. A Scout accepts challenges with courage
  5. A Scout uses resources wisely
  6. A Scout respects the environment
  7. A Scout has self-respect and is sincere

Netherlands[edit]

A scout ventures out into the world
together with others to explore the world around him / her
and to make it a better place to live in.
He / she is honest, loyal and will persevere.
He / She is thrifty and plain and cares for nature.
He / She respects him / herself and others

Norway[edit]

  1. A Scout is open to God and His word;
  2. A Scout accepts responsibility for him/herself and others;
  3. A Scout is helpful and considerate;
  4. A Scout is a good friend;
  5. A Scout is honest and trustworthy;
  6. A Scout knows the Nature and protects it;
  7. A Scout thinks and acts independently, and tries to understand other people;
  8. A Scout does his/her best in difficulties and troubles;
  9. A Scout is thrifty;
  10. A Scout works for peace and understanding between people.

Philippines[edit]

Boy Scouts of the Philippines[edit]

  1. A Scout is trustworthy
  2. loyal
  3. helpful
  4. friendly
  5. courteous
  6. kind
  7. obedient
  8. cheerful
  9. thrifty
  10. brave
  11. clean
  12. reverent

Girl Scouts of the Philippines[edit]

  1. A Girl Scout's honor is to be trusted.
  2. A Girl Scout is loyal.
  3. A Girl Scout is helpful.
  4. A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout.
  5. A Girl Scout is courteous.
  6. A Girl Scout respects all living things.
  7. A Girl Scout is disciplined.
  8. A Girl Scout is self-reliant.
  9. A Girl Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Girl Scout is clean in thought, words and deeds.

Poland[edit]

Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego[edit]

Prawo Harcerskie

  1. Harcerz sumiennie spełnia swoje obowiązki wynikające z Przyrzeczenia Harcerskiego.
  2. Na słowie harcerza polegaj jak na Zawiszy.
  3. Harcerz jest pożyteczny i niesie pomoc bliźnim.
  4. Harcerz w każdym widzi bliźniego, a za brata uważa każdego innego harcerza.
  5. Harcerz postępuje po rycersku.
  6. Harcerz miłuje przyrodę i stara się ją poznać.
  7. Harcerz jest karny i posłuszny rodzicom oraz wszystkim swoim przełożonym.
  8. Harcerz jest zawsze pogodny.
  9. Harcerz jest oszczędny i ofiarny.
  10. Harcerz jest czysty w myśli, w mowie i uczynkach; nie pali tytoniu i nie pije napojów alkoholowych.

(English translation:)

  1. A Scout/Guide conscientiously fulfils the duties stemming from the Scout and Guide Promise.
  2. A Scout's/Guide's word is to be trusted like that of Zawisza the Knight.
  3. A Scout/Guide is useful and helps others.
  4. A Scout/Guide is a friend to everybody and a brother/sister to every other Scout/Guide.
  5. A Scout/Guide acts chivalrously.
  6. A Scout/Guide loves Nature and tries to get to know it.
  7. A Scout/Guide is well disciplined and obedient to his/her parents and superiors.
  8. A Scout/Guide is always cheerful.
  9. A Scout/Guide is thrifty and generous.
  10. A Scout/Guide is pure in thought, in word and in deed; he/she does not smoke or drink alcohol.

Związek Harcerstwa Rzeczypospolitej[edit]

Prawo Harcerskie

  1. Harcerz służy Bogu i Polsce i sumiennie spełnia swoje obowiązki.
  2. Na słowie harcerza polegaj jak na Zawiszy.
  3. Harcerz jest pożyteczny i niesie pomoc bliźnim.
  4. Harcerz w każdym widzi bliźniego, a za brata uważa każdego innego harcerza.
  5. Harcerz postępuje po rycersku.
  6. Harcerz miłuje przyrodę i stara się ją poznać.
  7. Harcerz jest karny i posłuszny rodzicom i wszystkim swoim przełożonym.
  8. Harcerz jest zawsze pogodny.
  9. Harcerz jest oszczędny i ofiarny.
  10. Harcerz jest czysty w myśli, mowie i uczynkach, nie pali tytoniu i nie pije napojów alkoholowych.

(English translation:)

  1. A Guide / Scout serves God and Poland, and conscientiously does his/her duties.
  2. One can trust the words of a Girl Guide / Boy Scout like those of Zawisza.
  3. A Guide / Scout is useful and helps other people.
  4. A Guide / Scout recognizes anyone as fellow-man and treats each Guide/Scout as a brother/sister.
  5. A Guide / Scout behaves in a chivalrous way.
  6. A Guide / Scout loves nature and tries to get to know.
  7. A Guide / Scout is disciplined to the parents and all her/his superiors.
  8. A Guide / Scout is always good-humoured.
  9. A Guide / Scout is able to save and is generous.
  10. A Guide / Scout is clear in her/his thoughts, in her/his words and in her/his deeds; she/he does not smoke or drink alcohol.

Portugal[edit]

Associação dos Escoteiros de Portugal[edit]

  1. O Escoteiro é verdadeiro e a sua palavra é sagrada.
    A Scout speaks the truth and his word is holy.
  2. O Escoteiro é leal.
    A Scout is loyal.
  3. O Escoteiro é prestável.
    A Scout is helpful.
  4. O Escoteiro é amigo de todos e irmão dos demais Escoteiros.
    A Scout is a friend to everybody and a brother to other Scouts.
  5. O Escoteiro é cortês.
    A Scout is courteous.
  6. O Escoteiro é respeitador e protector da Natureza.
    A Scout is respectful and protector of the nature.
  7. O Escoteiro é responsável e disciplinado.
    A Scout is responsible and disciplined.
  8. O Escoteiro é alegre e sorri perante as dificuldades.
    A Scout is joyful and smiles in times of difficulties.
  9. O Escoteiro é económico, sóbrio e respeitador dos bens dos outros.
    A Scout is thrifty, sober and respects the possessions of others.
  10. O Escoteiro é íntegro nos pensamentos, palavras e acções.
    A Scout is pure in thought, word and deeds.

Corpo Nacional de Escutas[edit]

  1. A honra do Escuta inspira confiança.
    A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
  2. O Escuta é leal.
    A Scout is loyal.
  3. O Escuta é útil e pratica diariamente uma boa acção.
    A Scout is useful and practises a good deed daily.
  4. O Escuta é amigo de todos e irmão de todos os outros Escutas.
    A Scout is a friend to everybody and a brother to other Scouts.
  5. O Escuta é delicado e respeitador.
    A Scout is sensitive and respectful.
  6. O Escuta protege as plantas e os animais.
    A Scout protects the plants and animals.
  7. O Escuta é obediente.
    A Scout is obedient.
  8. O Escuta tem sempre boa disposição de espírito.
    A Scout is always of good humor.
  9. O Escuta é sóbrio, económico e respeitador do bem alheio.
    A Scout is sober, thrifty and respects the possessions of others.
  10. O Escuta é puro nos pensamentos, nas palavras e nas acções.
    A Scout is pure in thoughts, words and deeds.

Singapore[edit]

The Singapore Scout Association[edit]

  1. A Scout is to be trusted
  2. A Scout is loyal
  3. A Scout makes friends, establishes and maintains harmonious relations
  4. A Scout is disciplined and considerate
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  1. A Guide is polite, considerate and respects her elders
  2. A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides
  3. A Guide is kind to all living things
  4. A Guide is obedient
  5. A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties
  6. A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people
  7. A Guide is thrifty and diligent
  8. A Guide is self-disciplined in what she thinks, says and does

Slovenia[edit]

Slovenian Catholic Girl Guides and Boy Scouts Association[edit]

  1. A Scout's honor is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal to God and homeland.
  3. A Scout helps others and does at least one good turn every day.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all and sister/brother to every other Scout.
  5. A Scout is couteous.
  6. A Scout respects nature and seeing in it the work of God.
  7. A Scout obeys her/his parents and superiors and conscientiously performs her/his duties.
  8. A Scout whistles and sings in difficulties.
  9. A Scout is hard-working and thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Scout Association of Slovenia[edit]

  1. A Scout is trustworthy
  2. A Scout is loyal
  3. A Scout is friendly
  4. A Scout is prepared to help
  5. A Scout is disciplinized
  6. A Scout is cheerful
  7. A Scout is courageous
  8. A Scout is noble
  9. A Scout is respectful
  10. A Scout is eager for knowledge
  11. A Scout is thrifty
  12. A Scout lives healthy

South Africa[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 to 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

Sri Lanka[edit]

Sri Lanka Scout Association[edit]

  1. Scout is trustworthy
  2. Scout is loyal
  3. Scout is friendly and considerate
  4. Scout is brother to every other scout
  5. Scout is courageous
  6. Scout is kind to animals
  7. Scout is cooperative
  8. Scout is cheerful
  9. Scout is thrifty
  10. Scout is clean in thought, word and deed

Sweden[edit]

  1. En scout söker sin tro och respekterar andras
    A scout seeks his own belief and respects others'
  2. En scout är ärlig och pålitlig.
    A Scout is honest and trustworthy.
  3. En scout är vänlig och hjälpsam.
    A Scout is friendly and helpful.
  4. En scout visar hänsyn och är en god kamrat.
    A scout is considerate and a good companion.
  5. En scout möter svårigheter med gott humör.
    A scout overcomes difficulties in a good mood.
  6. En scout lär känna och vårdar naturen.
    A Scout learns to know and protects the Nature.
  7. En scout känner ansvar för sig själv och andra.
    A Scout accepts responsibility for herself/himself and others.

Switzerland[edit]

Guides and Scouts, we wish:

  1. To be honest and sincere
  2. To listen to and respect others
  3. To rejoice in all that is beautiful and give joy to others
  4. To be thoughtful and helpful
  5. To share
  6. To choose to the best of our abilities and to commit ourselves
  7. To protect nature and respect life
  8. To face difficulties with confidence[10]

United Kingdom (UK)[edit]

Baden-Powell Scouts' Association[edit]

  1. A Scouts' honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal to The Queen, His Country, His Scouters, His Parents, His Employers and to those under Him.
  3. A Scouts' duty is to be useful and help others.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what Country, Class or Creed the other may belong.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. A Scout obeys orders of his parents, Patrol Leader, or Scout Master without question.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association[edit]

  1. A Scout is honourable, truthful and reliable.
  2. A Scout is loyal to the Queen, his/her Country, his/her Parents, his/her Officers and to comrades high and low.
  3. A Scout is helpful to others, whatever it may cost him/her.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother/sister to all Scouts.
  5. A Scout is courteous to all.
  6. A Scout is kind to animals.
  7. A Scout is obedient and follows orders from his/her Parents and Officers promptly.
  8. A Scout is cheerful and takes trouble with a trusting grace.
  9. A Scout is self-reliant and a good steward of his/her possessions.
  10. A Scout is upright in his/her conduct.

European Scout Federation (British Association)[edit]

  1. A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal to the Queen, his Country, his Scouters, his parents, his employers and to those under him.
  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, no matter to what country, class or creed the other belongs.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals and all created things.
  7. A Scout obeys orders of his parents, Patrol Leader, or Scoutmaster without question.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Girlguiding UK[edit]

  1. A Guide is honest, reliable and can be trusted.
  2. A Guide is helpful and uses her time and abilities wisely.
  3. A Guide faces challenge and learns from her experiences.
  4. A Guide is a good friend and a sister to all Guides.
  5. A Guide is polite and considerate.
  6. A Guide respects all living things and takes care of the world around her.

The Scout Association[edit]

  1. A Scout is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout is friendly and considerate.
  4. A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
  6. A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

United States of America[edit]

Boy Scouts of America (BSA)[edit]

The BSA's initial Scout Law was virtually identical to that of Britain's and was first adopted on July 9, 1910. This version steadily changed until August 1, 1911 when the BSA's Scout Law took its current form.[11]

A Scout is
trustworthy,
loyal,
helpful,
friendly,
courteous,
kind,
obedient,
cheerful,
thrifty,
brave,
clean, and
reverent.

Girl Scouts of the USA[edit]

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Baden-Powell Scouts' Association[edit]

  1. A Scout's honor is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal to country, Scouters, parents, employers, and to those under them.
  3. A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what country, class, or creed, the other may belong.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. A Scout obeys the orders of parents, Patrol Leader, or Scout Leader, without question.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenthal, Michael (1986). Baden-Powell and the Origins of the Boy Scout Movement. London: Collins. p. 111. 
  2. ^ Baden-Powell, Robert (2005). Scouting for Boys. Oxford. p. 361. 
  3. ^ Baden-Powell, C.B., F.R.G.S., Lieut.-General R. S. S. (1908). Scouting for Boys (Part I ed.). Windsor House, Bream's Buildings, London E.C.: Horace Cox. p. 49. 
  4. ^ "The British Boy Scouts Pledge and Law an historical survey". Scout History Association. Retrieved 2006-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Young Knights of the Empire". Gutenberg project. 
  6. ^ Maloney, Alison (2009). Something for the Girls. Constable. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-84529-780-0. 
  7. ^ The Scout Badgebook, 3rd revision 1997. National Scout Team (Ireland). Scouting Ireland (CSI)
  8. ^ Scouting Facts: Malta
  9. ^ Scouting New Zealand
  10. ^ "Swiss Guide and Scout Movement-The Promise and Law". Swiss Guide and Scout Movement. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  11. ^ Scott, David C. (2007). "The Origins of the Scout Law". International Scouting Collectors Association Journal (ISCA Journal) 7 (3): 22–26.