scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Three Points of the Scout Oath
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET
Sat Mar 04 2000 - 12:37:26 CST
<Eugene von Rosenberg wrote>
I have always thought the 3 points of the oath were duty to 1. God and
country, 2. others, 3. self. I have also heard them as duty to 1. God, 2.
country, 3. others. I have checked 3 handbooks which refer to the 3 points
of the oath, but can not find where the three points are specified. Can
someone give me a reference in a scout handbook or somewhere else which
states the three points?
The first description you mentioned (1. Duty to God and Country, 2. Duty to
Others, and 3. Duty to Self) is the generally accepted description. It
follows the phrases of the Scout Oath. I went back to fifth edition of the
Boy Scout Handbook to verify, but didn't find anything specific (the
terminology is almost exactly the same in each edition).
This took me into "the vault" where I keep the tattered copy of the 37th
printing of the 2nd Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (dated May, 1927). It
uses the same words to describe the meaning of the three points of the Scout
Oath: "The trefoil refers to the three points of the Scout Oath." The book
does provide a clue:
"On my honor I will do my best --
1. To do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law;
2. To help other people at all times;
3. To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."
AJ Mako, Scoutmaster, Troop 381 http://www.scouts381.org/
Great Trail Council, Old Portage District