Every person joining The Scout Association does so by making the Promise. Making the Promise, or being invested into Scouting, is the most important ceremony in Scouting and is common to Scouts throughout the world.

The Scout Promise
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law

As part of the promise you agree to keep the Scout Law;

The Scout Law
1.    A Scout is to be trusted.
2.    A Scout is loyal.
3.    A Scout is friendly and considerate.
4.    A Scout belongs to the worldwide family of Scouts.
5.    A Scout has courage in all difficulties.
6.    A Scout makes good use of time and is careful of possessions and property.
7.    A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

The Scout Motto
Be Prepared

 

Alternative promise
Scouting is available to people of all faiths as well as people who are humanist, atheist or have no affirmed faith and therefore must therefore take account of the different religious obligations or non religious beliefs of its Members.

Similarly, people of other nationalities resident in the United Kingdom, who may become Members of the Association, owe allegiance to their own Country.

To meet these circumstances, there are different variations of the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Promise that can be made, allowing for the individuals obligations while upholding the essential spirit of the Promise.