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.
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.
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.