Scout Law

It’s autumn.  It’s time for scouting.  Let us hike, make knots and figure out how to survive in the cold together! You can learn to do this by being a Scout.

Lord Baden-Powell (BP) is credited for starting the scouting movement.  The following Scout Law is taken from the 1908 edition of Scouting for Boys.  It’s important to understand that this is the traditional scouting law as envisioned by BP.

The BPSA-US is a traditional scouting organization.  And it’s inclusive; so regardless of your sex, how you identify, religious or not, or even if you’re an adult (like me – BP wanted adult Rover Scouts), you can be a Scout with BPSA-US.  But the BPSA-US improved upon the idea of ‘traditional scouting’ making it inclusive, without all the colonial and other unfriendly trappings of Victorian Era scouting.

Traditional Scout Law 

  1. A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
  2. A Scout is loyal.
  3. A Scout’s duty is be useful and to help others.
  4. A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout.
  5. A Scout is courteous.
  6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
  7. A Scout obeys orders.
  8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
  9. A Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed. 


The BPSA-US is not affiliated with the BSA or Girl Scouts.  Despite not being affiliated, we are all fellow scouters.


16 mile hike – clarification on how to do it

The consensus I see forming about this hike specified in the Rover Handbook is that you should do the hike to the ‘best of your ability’.

If you can, you should carry a typical hiking load with enough gear to spend a night on the trail.

But what if a load and foothills doesn’t mix too well with your ability? Ah, that is the question. So the answer is: do your best.

The goal is to get outdoors! Enjoy nature and being a scout.

It was suggested that if weight in a pack, etc are a bit much, it would be ok to leave some of it behind.  A commissioner jumped in and said physical boundaries and disabilities shouldn’t prevent somebody from earning a badge.  After all, the BPSA is about inclusion.  Scouting should be for everyone and is in the BPSA.