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Faith and spiritual development

The Scout Association is an inclusive, values based Movement which supports its members to engage with spirituality in an exciting and meaningful way. 

An educational aim of  the Scout Programme is to encourage the spiritual development of young people. Belief and its exploration helps Scouts to learn from other faiths and develop their personal beliefs and values. Scouts are open and willing to explore faiths whether established or defined or not. Learning about other faiths, beliefs and attitudes can help to make the world a more tolerant place.  

In our diverse society, people can feel cautious broaching this sensitive subject.It is important that Scouting offers young people safe, exciting and open spaces to explore faiths and beliefs and engage in personal reflection as they question and develop their opinions and understanding of the world around them.

Information about spiritual development in Scouting, and practical guidance to embed it within the programme is available in the links below:

- Spiritual Development (including the five principles of spiritual development)

-Spiritual Development Resources

- The Scout Promise

- Religion in Scouting 

- Support for Faith Advisers and Chaplains

- Faith Support from Scout Active Support Units

- Events

- Inclusive faith events and Promise renewals

- St. George's Day Celebrations

- Remembrance Day


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