The Scout Oath
On my honor, I will do my best:
To do my duty to God and my country,
The Republic of the Philippines
And to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake and morally straight.
The Scout Oath Explained…
On My Honor…
Honor is your most precious and sacred possession in life. It includes your good name, your integrity and good reputation. When you commit yourself to the Scout Oath, you promise to live by its precepts in order to give meaning and idealism to your way of life.
I will do my best…
In everything you do, you promise to do the best you can. If anything worth doing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. Doing your best is your personal challenge. Always strive to do your everything you do.
To do my Duty to God and My Country…
We, who belong to the Scout Movement believe in God. We may not all worship him in the same way, but we are one in our faith and belief that He is the supreme Being, our Lord and Master. To do your duty to god, you must worship Him and follow His teaching according to your own religious beliefs. You will find happiness in life if you faithfully do your daily duty to God.
Our country, the Philippines, deserve our full love and dedication. The pages of our history are brightened by outstanding deeds of self sacrifice and love of countryof great Filipinos like Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Apolinario Mabini, Lapu – Lapu, Andress Bonifacio, Fr. Jose Burgos, Jose Abad Santos, Graciano Lopez Jaena, Sultan Kudarat, Ninoy Aquino and others. They sacrificed their fortunes, their future, even their very lives – so that our country would continue to exist in freedom and dignity. We do our duty to our country by being good citizens, by following the laws of the land, by living up to our noble tradition and the culture of our people and by contributing to the building and development of our nation.
And to Obey the Scout Law
In trying to live u to the Scout Oath – you will need the Scout Law to guide you. The twelve points of the Scout Law are our norm of conduct as we travel along the Scouting trail through life. Thus, you are asked to commit yourself to the Scout Oath and Law as your way of life.
To Help Other People at All Times…
One reason why Scouting has flourished in this country is because it has received the willing support of the public. Scouting merits this support because Scouts have demonstrated that they are useful members of society. This is evident when Scouts perform rescue work in case of disaster – fires, earthquakes, typhoons and floods. During emergencies anywhere, Scouts are always among the first to volunteer for service and perform tasks which are ordinarily belong to adults. In normal times, Scouts have shown that they are ready to participate and even initiate community and service projects that benefit the community. The spirit of service is in the heart of all true Scouts.
To Keep Myself Physically Strong…
By now, you have learned certain rules of health and hygiene in school which if observed will help you live a healthy ad happy life. Sound minds swell in sound bodies. If you want to have an alert mind and be always ready to serve other, you must keep yourself physically healthy and strong.
Being mentally awake reflects mental alertness and mental health. It is not enough that a Scout is physically healthy; he must be mentally awake too. His reflexes, his responses, his movements must be ready to respond to his needs and the needs of the situation.
And Morally Straight…
A Scout always and must be a model of moral uprightness. His norm of conduct must be beyond reproach. His thought, words and deeds should always reflect his high ideals and sound moral values.
The Scout Law
A Scout is:
The Scout Law Explained …
A Scout is Trustworthy…
A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can always depend on him.
A Scout is Loyal…
A Scout is true to his family, Scout Leaders, school. Nation and world community.
A Scout is Helpful…
A Scout is concerned about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
A Scout is Friendly…
A Scout is a friend to all. He is brothers to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs that are different from his own.
A Scout is Courteous…
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout is Kind…
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not harm nor kill any living creature needlessly but will strive to save and protect all harmless life.
A Scout is Obedient…
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school and troop. He obeys the law of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout is Cheerful…
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is Thrifty…
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses his time and properly.
A Scout is Brave…
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
A Scout is Clean…
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes round with those who believe in living these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is Reverent…
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the belief of others.
The Scout Motto Explained…
“Laging Handa” (Be Prepared)
The motto reminds the Boy Scouts of the meaning and purpose of his membership and the training he is getting in Scouting.
A Scout is being prepared and trained for responsible citizenship. As he requires the necessary knowledge and skills in Scouting, his mind is conditioned and he is able to offer the same knowledge and skills not only for himself but in the service of others. Scouting therefore, is a preparation and readiness to serve others, hence the motto “Laging Handa.”
The Scout Slogan Explained:
“Do a Good Turn Daily” (Gumawa ng Mabuti sa Araw- Araw)
The Scout Slogan serves as a daily reminder and challenge to the Scout to look for opportunities to render a good turn to somebody, be at home, in school, in the community or elsewhere. This positive reminder to render service to others complements the Scout Motto of “Laging Handa.”
The Scout Sign
How to Execute. The Scout Sign is made with the right hand plam forward with forefinger, middle and ring pointed upward, the thumb folded over the little finger. The forearm forms a right angle with the upper arm which is horizontally in line with the shoulder.
Its Meaning. The three fingers pointing upward indicate the three components of the Scout trefoil. They also signify that a Scout reaches upward to bigger and nobler Ideals. The thumb and little finger joined together represent unity of the Scouting Movement and symbolize the bond of brotherhood of all Scouts all over the world.
Its Uses. The Scout Sign is used by Scouts when he makes a solemn pledge, while reciting the Scout Oath and Law, as well as the Panunumpa sa Watawat. It is also used as a greeting or recognition sign among Scouts and Scout all over the World.
The Scout Salute
How to Execute. The Scout salute is made with the right hand in the Scout sign. The hand is brought up smartly (taking the shortest distance) with the forefinger touching the edge of the right eyebrow. If wearing a brimmed cap or hat, the forefingers must touch the brim slightly to side of the right eye.
Its Uses. When in uniform, the salute is rendered as a sign of respect to the flag and the National Anthem. It is also used between Scouts and Scouters as a sign of courtesy and respect.
The Scout Handshake
Scouts all over the world use the Scout Handshake. Scouts everywhere greet each other with a warm left handshake. Using it makes one feel that he belongs to the world brotherhood of Scouting and that he is one among the millions of Scout in various parts of the world dedicated to the same ideal of service.
The Scout Badge
The Scout Badge is composed of the trefoil and the scroll with an overhand knot attached to it. Each point of the three pointed trefoil, which is the main part of the Scout Badge, represents the three points of the Scout Oath, namely – duty to God and country, Duty to Others and Duty to Self.
The single band joining the three points of the trefoil symbolizes Unity and Universal Brotherhood. The design and color inside the trefoil which is derived from our flag have the same symbolism and meaning. The stars further symbolize the ideals of faith, truth and knowledge, the foundation of scout citizenship. The Scroll with the Scout Motto turned up at its end is a symbolic reminder of the eight point of eight point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Cheerful.” The rope attached below the scroll serves as a reminder to the Scout to do a good turn to someone everyday, the slogan being “Do a good turn Daily.”
The Scout Ideals as contained in the Scout Oath and Law present a code for living and a standard of conduct that must be observed by all members of the Scouting Movement. Scout spirit is living every day in accordance with our Scout Ideals. You show it in the way you act and the things you say and do in Scouting as well as in your daily life.