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One Scout Oath and Law – Our Changing World

BSA recently announced that the Scout Oath and Law will be used for all programs.  These will replace the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack as well as the Venturing Oath and Venturing Code.

My Thoughts on One Scout Oath and Law

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this. I think the consistency is good. I was at a pack meeting last week and I started veering off into the Scout Oath during the Cub Scout Promise. This happens more often to me now that my kids are out of Cub Scouts and I don’t attend the pack meetings as regularly as I used to. But I do share others’ concerns that the Scout Oath and Law might be difficult for Cub Scouts to understand. I think this will probably be handled as part of the program.

But I really have to admit that I have a bit of an attachment to the Venturing Oath and Venturing Code.  (If you are not familiar with them, see the bottom of this post.)

I think these really speak to teens in their wording. In particular, the concept of seeking is relevant to teens. They are no longer just following what their parents and other adults have taught them. They are seeking their own way and trying to understand their place in the world. If you have ever worked with young adults, you have probably noticed this.

I have also always liked the phrase “our changing world” in the Venturing Code. For teens, it it not just THE world which is changing,  it is THEIR world. They are leaving the world of childhood and moving to the world of adulthood. Navigating this change is a challenge for our teens, but they face it head on with a lot of courage.

So I will move on to One Oath and Law with the rest of BSA, but I have to admit I will miss the Venturing Oath and Code. I thought it was very appropriate for the Venturing program.

Venturing Oath

As a Venturer, I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world.

Venturing Code

As a Venturer, I believe that America’s strength lies in our trust in God and in the courage, strength, and traditions of our people.
I will, therefore, be faithful in my religious duties and will maintain a personal sense of honor in my own life.
I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it.
I will recognize the dignity and worth of all humanity and will use fair play and goodwill in my daily life.
I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world.

6 Responses to One Scout Oath and Law – Our Changing World

  1. Tory Mathis October 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM #

    I, too, will miss the Venturing Oath and Code. I’m also pretty hesitant about some of the other rumored changes that are coming to Venturing (including changes to the awards program). Perhaps if the National office better articulated their vision on this it would alleviate some concerns. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  2. Richard Stott October 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM #

    I am opposed to changes. The U. S. voted for change in 2008 and look what it got us.

  3. Tony Ballance October 25, 2012 at 6:58 AM #

    As a Scoutmaster and Trainer in scouts for 10 yrs, I must say I like the concept of one Oath and one Law for all for of scouting. However, i would like to see the Boy Scouts adopt the venturing code in lieu of the outdoor code. It just seems more fitting to me in our increasingly urban jungle.

  4. Tina October 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM #

    I don’t like this idea at all. The Scouting program is intended to build upon itself as the youth get older. Learning more and taking on more responsibility as we get older is a part of life.
    Things are supposted to be a challenge and as long as we keep “dumbing down” everything, our kids will be weak adults.
    Where will it stop, first the oath and law, next the uniforms. Venturers will become Boy Scouts and girls will no longer be part of the program.
    I vote — don’t change anything.

  5. Joy Ragnow-Guzy October 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

    I am assuming that Bobcat requirements will change to adopt this one scout oath and law taking place of the current Cub Scout promise and law.

    Here is my question. How will Webelos requirements change for the Webelos and Arrow of Light badges?

    And when will the books be reprinted to show these changes?

  6. Momma Bear April 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM #

    I been in scouts for ever. Monday boy scouts, Tuesday cub scouts, and Thursday Girl Scouts. In Girl scouts all ages say the same You be amazed how them Daisy learn to say the oath & law. By starting young of hearing and saying it at the beginning of the meeting they pick it up. The boys will do the same.

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