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Learning the Scout Oath and Law
Scout Oath or Promise
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is:
SCOUT LAW GAMES
Divide the den into two teams. Give each team a set of twelve 3 x 5 cards with one
word of the Scout Law on each card. At the starting signal, have each team place the cards in the
correct order of the Scout Law. The winning team is the team to first have their cards in the right
Form the boys into a circle. The Den Chief is in the middle. He is to randomly point to a boy
who gives the first point of the Scout Law
He then points to another boy who is
to give the next point in order
If a boy does not give the correct response by the time the
den chief counts to five, he must step backwards and sit down. He is out of the game. Play
continues until there is only one boy left, or until everyone is stumped. If you get through the
Law once, start over again until all are eliminated that are going to be eliminated.
SCOUT LAW QUIZ
Write the word from the Scout Law that goes with the definitions provided.
1 - A Scout does things willingly for other people without reward.
2 - A Scout looks for the bright side of things and tried to make others
3 - A Scout tells the truth and keeps his promises.
4 - A Scout is faithful in his religious duties and respects the beliefs of
5 - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He does not
hurt harmless things without reason.
6 - A Scout keeps his mind and body fit and sanitary.
7 - A Scout is true to his family, friends, school, and nation.
8 - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
9 - A Scout works to pay his way and saves for unforeseen needs.
10 - A Scout seeks to understand others and respects those with ideas
and customs other than his own.
11 - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys
the laws of his community and his country.
12 - A Scout has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right, even if
others laugh at him.
ANSWERS TO QUIZ: 1. Helpful 2. Cheerful 3. Trustworthy 4. Reverent 5. Kind 6. Clean 7. Loyal 8. Courteous 9. Thrifty
11. Obedient 12. Brave
Yes, make practice into a game of charades! Boys love to act silly. You could even have a session where they acted out the opposite of the law. For some reason, showing the wrong behavior sure is fun! The scouts could also put on an impromptu skit involving the scout laws.
Small gestures, such as a special treat or pin when the group succeeds do help. We had mystery bags made up for each scout which was of minimal cost and met with great enthusiasm. Knowing that they are working toward the Arrow of Light makes most very proud.
Index Card Games- Supplies needed: index cards (we used multi colored), permanent marker, bean bag (or something else you can toss), a large piece of butcher paper (large enough to draw a grid of 4 x 3 index card sized squares, number each square 1-12 ). Number cards 1-12, and then on each card put the corresponding Scout Law. (i.e. 1=Trustworthy, 2=Loyal and so on) Remember, write as large as possible, so as to be seen from a distance.
Put all cards word side up on the table or floor, mix them up. Have each boy take a turn at putting them in order, without looking at the numbers on the back of the card for help. Only after compiling the list into the order they believe is correct let them check their answers with the back of the cards. Alternatively, the leader may say "hot" or "cold" and the other scouts can assist.
Have each scout place the cards one by one onto the grid in the order they believe their law would be in sequence. Remove any cards that are incorrectly placed. Continue until all cards are in the correct order. Add music or get the scouts to try to go as fast as possible. Keep it interesting! A different version that got great reception was adding running a maze to the answer and back. If a boy did not know the law for the grid, they ran through a maze of tables, to peek at the answer behind a door. On their return they ran the maze again, holding onto the word in their memory until they returned to the grid.
Turn each card over on the grid so that the number side is up and also ensure that the card is in proper placement on the grid. Have each boy toss a bean bag or alternative onto one of the squares. The boy who threw the bag must now say the law they have just landed on. If they do not know it, the next in line may answer. Continue until the grid is completed.
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