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A Promise for all

Celebrating one year since the introduction of the additional alternative Promise.

This month we celebrate a year since the introduction of an additional alternative Promise, making Scouting accessible to even more adults and young people. All members can now choose a version of the Promise that has most meaning to them.

Your thoughts

We asked some of our Members to share their thoughts.

Kerry Harris, an Assistant Scout Leader in County Durham, describes how the introduction of the alternative Promise affected her: ‘I am an atheist but a very strong believer in the values that Scouts can instil in young people. The additional alternative promise allows me to support these values, without making a promise to a god. This does not in any way detract from the spiritual values of Scouting; indeed I think it gives this aspect of Scouts a more reflective and empathetic view of values and cultures.’

Ashley Hyde, a Group Scout Leader in Coventry, describes how his Group has grown in numbers and strength: ‘Since January last year our group has been able to offer this alternative Promise with passion. In the last 12 months I have invested two leaders, three Scouts, one Cub and two Beavers using the alternative wording.’  

Ashley continues: ‘The wording of the Promise is not into anyone and all members are given their own choice as to which Promise means most to them.‎ As a result we have people of all ages feel more comfortable in the Promise they've made.’

More information

For more guidance on the use of the Promise, see the FAQs. You can also view all versions of the Promise.



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