Re: PROMISE AND LAW
Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Sun, 6 Nov 1994 18:03:24 EST
Patrick Lam writes:
> I guess you know that we used to go by BP's original promise in Canada,
> On my honour, I promise that I will do my best-
> To do my duty to God and the King,
> To help other people at all times,
> To obey the Scout Law.
> I would assume that the Law and Promise were changed in 1968, along
> with all the other elements of Canadian Scouting?
> At some point, too, they shortened the second point of BP's Scout Law
> from A Scout is loyal to the King, his Officers, his Parents, his
> Emplyers, and those working under him. to simply a Scout is loyal.
> Apparently, the fourth law was also changed from
> A Scout is a friend to all, and a Brother to Every other Scout,
> no matter to what Social Class the other belongs.
> to simply a Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout
An interesting post, so I went back and checked my "Tenderfoot to
Queen's Scout" --revised edition-- which was not dated, but I recall
that my last year of Scout's was 1967, so obviously I purchased it
several years before. The promise was as you indicated Pat, of course
with the substitution of the word Queen for King. I then checked my
'kid' brother's book, "Canadian Scout Handbook", recalling that all
through Cubs and Scouts, not to mention School, he received the 'new'
program. His book is also not dated, but he was four years younger
than I, although three years behind me. Anyhow, the promise was;
I promise to do my best,
To love and serve God,
My Queen my country and my fellow men,
And to live by the Scout law.
BP & P today --dec 1991-- is the same except for the addition of the
opening, "On my honour".
The issue of how our promise compares to those of other nations is
fascinating. I wonder if given the difficulties faced by the Royals
if there will be a renewed call for the substitution of country for
Queen. As a Cub Leader, I take pains to explain that all legislation
in the country, all our laws, and the action of the government is
carried out in the name of the Queen, hence that we swear loyalty to
our Country. In saying this I do not want to be heard as being
anti-monarchy, rather I simply want my cubs to understand the
importance of recognizing their duty to the laws of our country.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City