Part 7 – Promise and Law

(Values of Scouting)

(NOTE: This part of the Boomerang should be done LAST, so that the Cub has had time to work on and understand the Promise and Law while achieving the other parts.)


Duty to God
Help to plan and participate in a Scouts’ Own. Some Notes on preparing a Scouts Own
(These are mainly based on or extracted from NSW Scouts South Coast & Tablelands website
There are many sample Scouts Own ideas available on their site,
Be sure to also check out their home page for many other useful resources such as stories/yarns etc.


A "Scouts Own" is an inspirational time, usually built around a central theme, such as friendship, world peace, save the earth, or appreciation of the world around us. Just about any topic consistent with the principles and program goals of Scouting is appropriate. The important thing for this test is that it be created and run by the cubs themselves.
A "Scouts Own" can range from lively to somber. The intent is generally serious, however, and usually reflective.


A Scouts Own is usually easier to put together if you are working to a theme. Themes can come from the event at which the Scouts' Own is being presented: Pack Holiday, Patrol Camp, Training Course, Anniversary of a Section. They can also be chosen to emphasise a point, teach a particular lesson or to reinforce a principle.


A Scouts' Own can include any of these type of items
  • Prayers - traditional, modern or spontaneous.
  • Songs - ( usually NOT hymns). Encourage the youth members to use their own music genre.
  • Scripture Readings - either from the Old or New Testament.
  • Stories or Yarns - to emphasise the theme, make a point or even raise a laugh.
  • Activities; puzzles, tasks, actions, plays, etc., are often the difference that makes a Scouts' Own truly memorable.


Wherever and whenever your members like. In camp, on a hike, at the weekly meeting, at a family event, in the morning, afternoon, evening, midnight! You name it. A quiet place is the best. In a bush glade, by a river, on a mountain top, around the campfire. Many times on a camp, it is held on Sunday morning, and many assume this is a "church" thing, but in reality, often the best time is before or after breakfast, and many Cub camps start too late on Saturday to coveniently hold a Scouts Own then, leaving Sunday as the more paractical time.


The length of a Scouts' Own, like all things in the Scout program should be long enough to suit the situation and the age of the participants and short enough to leave them wanting more! Depending on the content, location & venue Scouts' Owns can be anything from 10 minutes to up to 30 or 40 minutes.Generally Cubs one's should not be too long.


You should endeavour to involve as many people as possible in the actual Scouts' Own. Either leading prayers or reading scripture extracts or other inspirational items. Plays within the service allow for a number of participants as do litany type prayers.
For this badge requirement, if you have a few cubs who are close to completing their Gold Boomerang, and there is a chance to arrange a Scouts Own (eg a Pack Holiday is coming up soon), then this is a perfect chance for those cubs to get together and collaborate, probably with the assistance and guidance of a leader.


Promise and Law
Discuss with a Leader how you try to put your Promise and Law into practice in everything you do This is another section that will depend on the individual Cub.


Explain the Promise and Law to a new Cub Scout when you are talking to them about being a Cub Scout. This can be done while helping a new chum to cover their pre-investiture information.


Do a good turn by helping plan, and taking part in, an activity which will assist an organisation which helps other people and tell your Leader about it. There are a variety organisations and events that the cub could take part in assisting.I think it also helps for them to tell the other cubs in the Pack, as it will help the others to think about good turns and about what they can do for this test in particular.
Some sample activites that cubs can probably do for this section (to get you thinking) include:
  • helping at a church or school fete
  • contacting a local nursing home and organising a visit from the pack. For example -
    • to sing christmas carols
    • to assist with the decorating for Christmas or another special event
    • Making "mothers/fathers day" cards to take to give to the residents in the local nursing home (even though none are related to the cubs)
    • or just to visit
  • Assisting the person organising the local "Clean Up Australia" effort, and taking part on the day. (Often the person is already a leader in the group)
  • Arranging for your group to participate in collecting cans for "Hike for Hunger" if you do not already do so.
  • Assisting in the organisation of your group taking part in your local Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal collection.


Breaking the Cycle
1. Lead a game or activity that demonstrates how Cub Scouts look after each other and don’t bully.
2. Discuss as a Six or pack your current Pack Code
3. Contribute to annual review of Pack Code and sign
  • Refer to the resources on the Cub Scout section at; some of these areas could be used when discussing bullying.
  • Develop your Cub Scout Code and display in your hall. Download the template in the Leader Booklet from the Breaking the Cycle website section Badge and Award Scheme this will assist you to complete this task
  • You will also find games and activities that will assist you at



Breaking the Cycle was added in late 2016 - for those with older Cub Scout Record Books (Yellow book), here are replacement pages you can download, print and stick into your book. They also include the Camping award and Messengers of Peace award as well.


© 2008 Ian Moggs - rights are given for copying and printing for personal use or use in cub-scout or similar groups.