The Scout Association in UK is governed by POR - Policy Organisation & Rules - detailing all the rules for running Scouting in UK - this is extracted from that document..

The Fundamentals of Scouting

Policy : Aim and Method of the Scout Association

The Aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The Method of achieving the Aim of the Association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law and guided by adult Leadership.

Rule 1 Promise & Law

Rule 1.1 The Scout Promise and Law

The Scout Promise and Law are as follows:


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.


  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 world-wide family of Scouts.
  5. A Scout has courage in all difficulties
  6. A Scout makes good use of his time and is careful of possessions and property
  7. A Scout has self-respect and respect for others.

Rule 1.2 The Cub Scout Promise and Law.

The Cub Scout Promise & Law are as follows:


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 Cub Scout Law.


Cub Scouts always do their best, think of others before themselves and do a good turn every day.

Rule 1.3 The Beaver Scout Promise

The Beaver Scout Promise is as follows:

I promise to do my best

to be kind and helpful

and to love God

The concepts expressed in the Scout Law are to be presented to Beavers Scouts by their Leaders through games, story telling and other informal activities.

Rule 1.4 Variations

Scouting is available to all faiths and must therefore take account of the different religious obligations of its members while upholding the essential spirit of the promise. In each Promise the phrase Duty to God or, in the case of Beaver Scouts, to love God is suitable for most faiths (including Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Sikhs). Hindus may use either the words my Dharma or God. Orthodox Muslims can use the word Allah in place of God. Buddhists should use only the words my Dharma. Where some other form of wording is required for a member of a particular faith or religion advice should be sought from Headquarters.

Rule 1.5

Similarly, foreign residents, who may become members of the Association (see Rule 3.1 (a)) owe allegiance to their own country. To meet these circumstances the phrase duty.. to the Queen should be replaced by the phrase ; duty ... to the country in which I am now living.

Rule 1.6

In the case of Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts the decision as to which permitted form of wording should be used in any particular case will be made by the Group Scout Leader in consultation with the parents of the young person concerned. In the case of Venture Scouts, Leaders, Commissioners and other adult members the decision as to which permitted form of wording should be used in any particular case shall be made by the District Commissioner or County Commissioner as appropriate and the person concerned.

Policy: The Religious Policy of the Association

The Scout Movement includes members of many different forms of religion. The following policy has received the approval of the heads of the leading religious bodies in the United Kingdom.

All Members of the Movement are encouraged to :

If a Group is composed of members of several denominations or religions, the Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts or Venture Scouts should be encouraged to attend services of their own form of religion.

Chaplains may be appointed as advisors in Scout Groups, Districts, Counties and Nationally. A Chaplain may be a Minister of Religion or a lay person. In a Scout Group sponsored by a religious body the religious leader may be appointed as Group Chaplain. National Chaplains may be appointed for religious bodies represented in Scouting ( Rules 20.2, 20.3, and 20.4 apply)

Rule 2

Responsibilities within the Religious Policy

Rule 2.1

The District Commissioner or the County Commissioner, as appropriate, must be satisfied that all applicants for Leader or Commissioner appointments are fully aware that they will be required by their personal example to implement the Association's religious policy.

Rule 2.2

If a Sponsored Group (see Rule 6) has a policy of recruitment restricted to members of one particular form of religion or denomination, the Sponsoring Authority is responsible for the religious training of all the Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Venture Scouts in the Group and it is the duty of the Group Scout Leader to encourage attendance at such religious instruction and observances as the Sponsoring Authority may consider desirable.

Rule 2.3

Scout's Own Services may be held for the worship of God and to promote a fuller understanding of the significance of the Scout Promise and Law. Such services must be regarded as supplementary to, rather than a substitute for, formal attendance at the services of the individuals own form of religion.

Rule 2.4

If a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout or Venture Scout is not allowed, by reasons of the individual's own religious obligations, to attend acts of worship other than that of the individuals own faith, the Group Scout Leader must make certain that those obligations are not compromised.

The Structure of Scouting in UK

Scouting for all - BP on 'How Scouting started'