Following an extensive consultation over the last 10 months within and outside of the Movement, I’m pleased to be able to advise you that we have today (7 October 2013) announced the introduction of an additional alternative to the Scout Promise that can be taken by people with no affirmed faith and humanists.
Alternative versions of the Scout Promise have been available for nearly 50 years and have been taken by Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and those who live in the UK but are not UK citizens. This new additional alternative to the Scout Promise will now ensure we are inclusive to young people and adults who are humanist or have no affirmed faith and wish to join Scouting.
Faith and non-faith leaders as well as the World Scout Committee have warmly welcomed this move, and the introduction of an additional alternative to the Scout Promise signifies our determination to become truly inclusive and relevant to all sections of society whilst maintaining our core values.
The core Scout Promise which has referred to ‘Duty to God’ for 106 years remains unchanged and we remain fully committed as a Movement that explores faith and religion as a core element of its programme.
Further information can be found at www.scouts.org.uk/fundamentals. This includes:
- The wording of this additional alternative Scout Promise (and the age appropriate versions)
- Details on the support we have received from faith leaders and others
- Frequently asked questions for members which we hope will address many of the concerns from those expressing objections in the consultation process
- An overview of the key results from the research and consultation around the revised fundamentals
The additional alternative version to the Scout Promise will be available to be used from 1 January 2014 and plans are underway to help prepare members for this change. In the meantime please check our website for updates and more information.
UK Chief Commissioner
The Scout Association