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Scouts Australia to Consult on Proposed New Promise and Law

3rd September 2015

Scouts Australia is seeking feedback from its 70,000 members on two of its key features, the Scout Promise and the Scout Law. This is part of a comprehensive review of the organisation's highly regarded Youth Program.

"The membership of Scouts Australia is growing as more parents understand the values of the Scout Program are an important part of their children's development. To continue to be successful, Scouts Australia is looking at the needs of 21st Century young Australians," said Chief Commissioner of Australia, Chris Bates.

"We are embarking on an exciting program of review and development to ensure we stay relevant in contemporary Australia."

When young people or Leaders join Scouting, they are required to make a Promise, and agree to abide by the Scout Law. These are worded to reflect the fundamentals of Scouting as set by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) to which Australia belongs.

Membership of WOSM gives Scouts Australia the authority to direct its approaches to Scouting.

As such the organisation can set and change the wording of its Promise and Law. In the past 30 years, Scouts Australia has seen four changes to its Promise and Law, as societal expectations and language evolve.

Over the past 18 months Scouts Australia has undertaken extensive professionally guided internal research to assess Member attitudes towards the current Promise and Law.

Based on this research, internal working groups developed options they felt encapsulated the concepts of Scouting, using contemporary, easy to understand language.

These two options will be put out to the Scouts Australia membership for consultation until the 31st of December 2015. Members' feedback and other research will be considered and a final proposition will be put to the Scouts Australia National Council at a special June 2016 meeting.

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