Scouting is the largest youth development organisation in Australia and the world and is a leader in this country’s non-formal education sector. The Scouting Program delivered by Scouts Australia, prepares young people aged 6-26 for business and community leadership. There are currently around 60,000 members in Australia including both males and females.

World Scouting is governed by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) which is based in Geneva in Switzerland. There are now independent National Scout Organisations operating in 155 countries with a membership of over 28 million comprising males and females. There are only six countries in which Scouting does not exist. With an emphasis on peace, education and understanding, Scouting transcends all cultures, religions, races, politics, age and gender barriers.

“Be Prepared” is the well known slogan (motto) for Scouts, and sums up the essence of what Scouting aims to teach young people.

The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as a member of their local, national and international communities.

The principles of Scouting are that Scouts should serve God, act in consideration of the needs of others and develop and use their abilities to the betterment of themselves and their families and the community in which they live.  All scouting members commit to a code of living expressed as a “Promise” and “Law” appropriate to each age group.

The Promise and Law are the foundations of the Scouting Movement.  The intent and wording is similar in every country in the world.  The following is the Scout Promise & Law applicable to Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Adult members within Australia.  (Note: words in brackets can be deleted if chosen.)  Joey Scouts & Cub Scouts also have a Promise & Law with wording appropriate to their age group. All members make the Scout Sign when making or reaffirming the Promise.

THE SCOUT PROMISE                                                             THE SCOUT LAW

On my honour                                                                               A Scout is trustworthy                           I promise that I will do my best                                              A Scout is loyal
To do my duty to my God and                                                  A Scout is helpful
To (the Queen of) Australia,                                                     A Scout is friendly
To help other people, and                                                         A Scout is cheerful
To live by the Scout Law                                                            A Scout is considerate
A Scout is thrifty
A Scout is courageous
A Scout is respectful
A Scout cares for the environment

Note: All youth & adults MUST verbalise the promise as part of their acceptance into the movement.  Each individual’s aim should be to try their best to live up to their Promise & Law in their daily lives.  Any discipline issues in any section will be based around encouraging individuals to better themselves as they have promised to do when becoming a member.