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.
In 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
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
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
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
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
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
Take part in activities indoors and outdoors
Learn by doing
Share in Spiritual Reflection
Take responsibility and make choices
Undertake new and challenging activities
Make and live by their promise