leslie's guiding traditions

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Like many clubs for boys in the early 20th century, Baden-Powell opted for Scouting to have an oath or Promise, and rules, or Laws.


According to "Scouting for Boys", the original Scout Laws were:

"1. A Scout's Honour is to be Trusted.

2. A Scout is Loyal.

3. A Scout's Duty is to be Useful and to Help Others.

4. A Scout is a Friend to All, and a Brother to Every Other Scout, no matter to what Social Class the Other belongs.

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 circumstances.

9. A Scout is Thrifty."


In the first Guide Handbook of 1912 they were given as: 

"1. A Guide's Honour is to be Trusted.

2. A Guide is Loyal.

3. A Guide's Duty is to be Useful and to Help Others.

4. A Guide is a Friend to All, and a Sister to Every Other Guide, No matter to what Social Class the Other Belongs.

5. A Guide is Courteous.

6. A Guide Keeps Herself Pure in Thoughts, Words, and Deeds.

7. A Guide is a Friend to Animals.

8. A Guide Obeys Orders.

9. A Guide Smiles and Sings under All Circumstances.

10. A Guide is Thrifty."

In the 1918 handbook, no Brownie Law is given.  The Guide Law, which also applied to Senior Guides, was: 

1. A Guide's honour is to be trusted.

2. A Guide is loyal to the King and her officers, and to her parents, her country, and her employers or employees.

3. A Guide's duty is to be useful and to help others.

4. A Guide is a friend to all, and a sister to every other Guide, no matter to what social class the other belongs.

5. A Guide is courteous.

6. A Guide is a friend to Animals.

7. A Guide obeys orders of her parents, patrol leader, or Captain without question.

8. A Guide smiles and sings under all difficulties.

9. A Guide is thrifty.

10. A Guide is clean in thought, word, and deed.

In the 1921 edition of POR the Brownie Law is given as:

"1. The Brownie gives in to the older folk.

2. The Brownie does not give in to herself."

The Guide Law as:

" 1. A Guide's Honour is to be trusted.

2. A Guide is loyal.

3. A Guide's duty is to be useful and to help others.

4. A Guide is a friend to all, and a sister to every other Guide.

5. A Guide is courteous.

6. A Guide is a friend to animals.

7. A Guide obeys orders.

8. A Guide smiles and sings under all difficulties.

9. A Guide is thrifty.

10. A Guide is pure in thought, in word, and in deed."

The same wordings are given in the 1924, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1964 and 1965 editions of POR.

In the 1969 POR, the Brownie Law was:

"A Brownie thinks of others before herself and goes a Good Turn every day."

The Guide Law was given as:

"1. A Guide is loyal and can be trusted.

2. A Guide is helpful.

3. A Guide is polite and considerate.

4. A Guide is friendly and a sister to all Guides.

5. A Guide is kind to animals and respects all living things.

6. A Guide is obedient.

7. A Guide has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties.

8. A Guide makes good use of her time.

9. A Guide takes care of her own possessions and those of other people.

10. A Guide is self-controlled in all she thinks, says, and does."

The same wordings are given in the 1973, 1977 and 1980 editions of POR.