Scouting Traditions


To become a member of the Scout movement you are required to make the Scout Promise. The unique wording in the Australian Scout Promise of “do my best to do my duty to my God" allows some flexibility and the movement is open to people of all religious faiths that can make this promise. However, those who choose not to make this promise cannot become members.


Joey Law

A Joey Scout Cares,
A Joey Scout Shares

Joey Promise

I promise
That I will do my best
To love my god,
and Be helpful

Cub Law

Cub Scouts are loyal and obedient
Cub Scouts do not give in to themselves

Cub Promise

On my honour
I promise that
I will do my best
To do my duty to my god, and
To Australia
To help other people, and
To live by the Cub Scout Law

For Scouts, Venturers and Leaders

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy.
A Scout is loyal.
A Scout is helpful.
A Scout is friendly.
A Scout is cheerful.
A Scout is considerate.
A Scout is thrifty.
A Scout is courageous.
A Scout is respectful.
A Scout cares for the environment

Scout Promise

On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to my god, and
To Australia
To help other people, and
To live by the Scout Law

Scout Sign and Salute


The three-finger salute is used by members of Scout and Guide organisations around the world when greeting other Scouts and at ceremonies.

In most situations, the salute is made with the palm face out, the thumb holding down the little finger, and with the fingertips on the brow of the head.

Robert Baden-Powell chose the three-finger salute for Scouts to represent the three aspects of the Scout Promise:
Duty to God and King (Queen);
Help others;
Obey the Scout Law.

Scout Handshake


The left-handed Scout handshake is a formal way of greeting other Scouts of both genders used by members of Scout and Guide organisations around the world when greeting other Scouts.

According to the Ashanti warrior version of the story, then-Colonel Baden-Powell saluted them with his right hand, but the Ashanti chiefs offered their left hands and said, "In our land only the bravest of the brave shake hands with the left hand, because to do so we must drop our shields and our protection."

The Ashanti's knew of Baden-Powell's bravery because they had fought against him and with him, and they were proud to offer the left hand of bravery.

Scout Prayer


Almighty and everlasting God,
By whose grace thy servants are enabled to fight
The good fight of faith and ever prove victorious;
We humbly beseech thee so to inspire us
That we may yield our hearts to thine obedience
And exercise our wills on thy behalf.
Help us to think wisely,
To speak rightly,
To resolve bravely,
To act kindly,
To live purely.
Bless us in body and soul
And make us a blessing to our comrades.
Whether at home or abroad
May we ever seek the extension of thy kingdom.
Let the assurance of thy presence
Save us from sinning,
Strengthen us in life and comfort us in death.
O Lord our God, accept this prayer
AMEN

When asked where religion came into Scouting and Guiding, Baden-Powell replied,
"It does not come in at all. It is already there. It is a fundamental factor underlying Scouting and Guiding".
Religion in Scouts Australia (Wikipedia) ►