Re: Unique Promise wording
Ernest R. Spradling, P.E. (Freemason@AOL.COM)
Thu, 8 Feb 1996 18:57:25 -0500
On Wed, 7 Feb 1996 12:29:35 -0600 Sergio Laurenti
I read this and thought it needed some additional information.
>The case, Bob, is that the inclusion of the clause of being "physically
>strong, mentally awake, and morally straight" is a UNIQUE feature
>of the Scout Promise just in the BSA. I have found no trace of such
>wording in any other version of Scout Promises around the world.
>In fact, in adding these words on its inception, the BSA went away of
>a established standard wording agreed by the world-wide Movement.
I think it's time for a little "history" lesson. I recall seeing something
about this in a recent issue of Scouting Magazine. The magazine is not
handy, and I'm too lazy to look it up :) If memory serves me correctly, the
additions to the Boy Scout Oath or Promise ("to keep myself physically
strong, mentally awake and morally straight"), and the Scout Law ("a
Scout is Clean" and a "Scout is Reverent"), were added at the insistence
of either James E. West, or Ernest Thompson Seton, whoever was
previously associated with the Young Man's Christain Association (YMCA)
Indian Guides before becoming Chief Scout Executive. He saw Boy
Scouting as not only a way for boys to learn some skills and obtain
som physical fitness in the bargain, but as an avenue to instill a code
of spiritual growth. The additions appeared to be beneficial then, and
I have seen no real reason to delete them after 85 years.
True, this was an addition to what was agreed by the WOSM, but that
group let it go. Perhaps (purely speculative), since the Boy Scouts of
America is one of the oldest member associations, with one of, if not
the, largest, membership pool, WOSM was willing to allow the change.
>My source is "Scouting 'round the world" WSB, 1990 and some other
>Promise materials I received in my day from the World Bureau in
>By the way, our POR here in Argentina has at least one rule against
>the use of alcohol and intoxicating substances during activities. It
>forbide it to any member.
Randy Spradling, P.E.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City