|Promise and Law|
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The Scout Movement was founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell (BP) in 1907. The first camp he organised was held on Brownsea Island with four patrols of boys from London and Bournemouth. After the success of the camp, BP wrote a book called Scouting for Boys; this was based on an army training manual he had previously written called Aids to Scouting. BP actually found that children were reading and carrying out the ideas in his Aids to Scouting book and so wrote Scouting for Boys which proved extremely popular and started the trend of boys making their own patrols and finding adults to help lead them. Within three years there were over 100,000 Scouts in the UK, compared to today where there are approximately twenty-five million members world-wide.
Scouts are usually aged between 11 and 15 and may be boys or girls.
Promise and Law
The Scout Law:
- A Scouts' honour is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal to The King, His Country, His Scouters, His Parents, His Employers and to those under Him.
- A Scouts' duty is to be useful and help others.
- 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.
- A Scout is courteous.
- A Scout is kind to animals.
- A Scout obeys the orders of his parents, Patrol Leader, or Scout Master without question.
- A Scout smiles and whistles in all difficulties.
- A Scout is thrifty
- A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.
As it can be quite hard to remember the law, we have a little rhyme to help you (the key word is taken from the first 9 of the laws):
Trusty, Loyal, Helpful;
Friendly, Courteous, and Kind;
Obedient, Smiley, Thrifty;
Clean in body and mind.
The Scout Promise:
On My Honour I promise,
That I will do my best,
To do My Duty to God and The King,
To help other people at all times,
And obey The Scout Law.
The Scout Motto:
The Patrol Leader 10 Commandments
The Scout Programme and Badges
Scouts are easily recognised by their distinctive and very smart uniform. Please follow this link for uniform requirements
Age: You can join Scouts at 11 years old. If you are already a Wolf Cub you can start coming to Scouts up to 3 months before this time.
The Scout Salute
The Scout Half Salute
At the beginning of the troop meeting Flag Break is carried out.
The scouts are lined up in rows with the duty patrol at the front. The duty patrol should be aligned one step back from the flag. The other patrols should be spaced out as the hall/area allows. The scouters should line up facing the scouts. The PLs should be (from the point of view of the scoutmaster) on the left and the patrol second on the right.
In Flag Break, the union flag is folded such that it will be 'broken' when a cord is pulled. The duty PL will break the flag, step back 3 paces and then salute the flag. The other Scouts and Leaders will also salute the flag.
At the end of the meeting, the union flag will be lowered by the duty PL (so that it does not touch the floor), step back 3 paces and nod to the lowered flag (a lowered flag is not saluted)
The commands and movements of Flag Break are as follows:
SM: "Troop, Troop, fall in patrols"
Everybody: Falls in patrols
SM: Troop, Troop Alert
Everybody: stands at alert (Only left leg moves - takes left knee up parallel to the floor and stamps it down to the alert)
SM: "Duty Patrol"
PL: Hands stave to the person on his left
PL: Takes one step forward leading with his left leg, takes right knee up parallel to the floor and stamps it down to the alert.
PL: "Ready for flag break Skip"
SM: Salutes back
SM: "Carry on"
(PL positions himself for flag break)
PL: Left Turn (left heel, right ball. Takes right knee up parallel to the floor and stamps it down to the alert)
PL: Smartly marches forward such that he is level with his PS but is facing the retire (Smartly stops by taking right knee up parallel to the floor and stamping it down to the alert).
PL: About turn (180 degree turn to the right, right heel, left ball, takes left knee up parallel to the floor and stamps it down to the alert)
(thus the PL positions himself by taking one step forward, turning to the left marching away from the flag, and the doing an about turn such that he is facing the flag.)
SM: "Troop, Troop, Stand At Ease"
Everybody: Stands at ease (the PL is now in command)
PL: "Troop, Troop, Alert"
Everybody: Stands at alert
PL: "Troop, Troop FLAG face"
Everybody: Left/Right turn as appropriate
PL: Marches towards the flag and stops with the stamp on right leg.
PL: Breaks the flag
PL: Takes two smart steps back (right stamp)
Everybody: Salutes the flag
PL: About turn
PL: "Troop, Troop FRONT face"
Everybody: Right/Left turn as appropriate
PL: Left wheel to position in the patrol (i.e. as the distance is short arc around to position in the patrol)
PL: About turn
PL: "Troop, Troop stand at ease"
Everybody: Stands at ease
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