New Scouting Fundamentals (UK Scouts)

The following is an image series based on the Revised Fundamentals of Scouting.  Like its sister page The Scout Law in Lego, I have uploaded the full size images so they can be used for training purposes – although like that page, if you do use them, please credit me.

The Purpose of Scouting

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

2013-06-28 10.32.16In many skills training groups, much is made of “toolkits” to provide the skills to help the person.  But when you consider that Scouting also includes many activities as well as learning points, it becomes clear that there’s a heck of lot of stuff we give our young people as they grow up through Scouting.

I had to include the Teddy Bear… if you ever saw the TV show “The Generation Game” when successful contestants would win everything that they could remember as it passed them by on a conveyor belt, you’ll know what I’m talking about.  I just couldn’t build a convincing kitchen sink!


The Values of Scouting

As Scouts we are guided by the following values:

Integrity -We act with integrity; we are honest, trustworthy and loyal

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perhaps a little cheesy… but who better than Scouts to be trusted to guard that pile of jewels!

Respect  -We have self-respect and respect for others

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Holding the door open for someone is a simple act, but quite welcome, especially if it enables someone to get through it who might have challenges otherwise.  It’s not to say that the person is incapable (after all, they would have to do it themselves anyway) but it’s just a little piece of  respect for other people.

Care – We support others and take care of the world in which we live

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I tried to think how we can care for the planet – supporting those who cannot support themselves.  Initiatives and charities such as Comic Relief, Shelterbox,  Cancer Research (and many,many more) all require funds. Sometimes that support will be direct (cutting the grass for an elderly neighbour) or indirect such as fund drives.

Belief -We explore our faiths, beliefs and attitudes

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The image I’ve chosen here is of a group of people, thinking about their faith and beliefs around the campfire – but it could equally be within the religious building behind (although without the indoor fire of course). The point here is that faith and belief is not confined to within a stone building.

Cooperation -we make a positive difference, we cooperate with others and make friends

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Going back to Scout camp here, this time we can see a group of Scouts working together to build something. The sense of achievement and accomplishment when Scouts are allowed to play on something they have built themselves is great!


The Scout Method

Scouting takes place when young people, in partnership with adults, work together based on the values of Scouting and:

Enjoy what they are doing and have fun

happy young people!
happy young people!


Take part in activities indoors and outdoors

Taking map reading from the hall to the outdoors
Taking map reading from the hall to the outdoors

Learn by doing

Cooking - sausages are supposed to be black, aren't they?
Cooking – sausages are supposed to be black, aren’t they?

Share in Spiritual Reflection

At the end of the campfire is a great opportunity
At the end of the campfire is a great opportunity

Take responsibility and make choices

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Undertake new and challenging activities

It looked much more scary up high...
It looked much more scary up high…

Make and live by their promise

And every Scout and Scouter makes the promise.
And every Scout and Scouter makes the promise.

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