We aren’t working to control the conduct of young people.
We have a greater challenge; to form their character as defined in the Scout oath and law.
Are the Scouting ideals in the Scout oath and law a code of conduct? Is it an ideology? Is it a religious text? No, it is none of these things.
The Scout oath and law are ideas that have defined positive, contributing, individual character throughout human history. Scouts the world over have adapted the wording of B-P’s original oath and law as Scouting spread, we’ve expanded our understanding of exactly what the ideals mean but the ideas themselves have remained constant.
How do we tap the vast, character building potential of the Scouting ideals in the oath and law? By understanding how rules differ from ideals, and how conduct differs from character.
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