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Religion in Scouting

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

The Scout Association in the United Kingdom is an open association. This means we are made up of Members of different faiths, including those with no faith, and identify ourselves with no one faith exclusively.

Membership is open to all those individuals who share our fundamental values, and are willing to make a commitment to them, expressed by the Promise and Law.

Different versions of the Promise are available to suit different faiths or those who have no affirmed faith. 

View Different versions of the Promise (FS322016) (PDF)

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. We support young people to explore faiths, beliefs and attitudes and engage in spiritual development.

For a calendar of faith events accompanied by activities for Section meetings within Scouting magazine Spring 2017 (p.49+)

Programme ideas for all the Sections to incorporate spiritual development can be found in Rise to the Challenge.

The Scout Association has a Religious Policy, and is not directly concerned with the religious education of it's Members.


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