The Meaning of the Scout Law
Excerpted from page 47-54, Boy Scout Handbook, 11th Edition,
(#33105), copyright 1998 by BSA, ISBN 0-8395-3105-2
- A Scout is Trustworthy.
- A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People
can depend on him.
- A Scout is Loyal.
- A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
- A Scout is Helpful.
- A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others
without expecting payment or reward.
- A Scout is Friendly.
- A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers
his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even
if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
- A Scout is Courteous.
- A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows
that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
- A Scout is Kind.
- A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as
he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any
- A Scout is Obedient.
- A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys
the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws
are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than
- A Scout is Cheerful.
- A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks
that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
- A Scout is Thrifty.
- A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the
future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time
- A Scout is Brave.
- A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to
stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten
- A Scout is Clean.
- A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company
of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community
- A Scout is Reverent.
- A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.
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April 23, 2015