The Scout Law
A statement of collective values
I have included this page, listing the Scout Law, on this site because I think it provides an excellent example of a corporate statement of values. I also beleive that it lists the principles or ethics that good leaders, willingly followed by others, could do well to adopt.
The Scout Law was oringally written by Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of the Scout Movement. It has been modified over the years, to reflect changes in culture and idiom, but it still expresses the core values that B-P (as Baden-Powell was known as) wished to see in his Scouts.
Today, millions of Scouts around the world promise to keep the Scout Law when they become members of the Movement. Not because they seriously believe that they always do abide by the Law, but because they aspire to do so.
The version here is the UK version used in The Scout Association.
- A Scout is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout is friendly and considerate.
- A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
- A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
- A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
- A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.
Notice how the Scout Law uses positive language. This concrates the mind on the possibility of the aspirations, rather than their opposites. And there are no sanctions or penalties. It is down to the individual's conscience to work towards keeping the laws.
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