Investiture

This page describes the investiture ceremony and the Scout Promise.

The Scout Promise

There is scope for flexibility in the wording of the Scout Promise (oath) according to the requirements of different religions as endorsed the Scout Association.  The online resources on Muslim Scouting explain this in detail.

The officially endorsed promise for Muslim non-British subjects is:

On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to Allah and to the country in which I live,
To help other people,
And to keep the Scout Law.

Variations

"On my honour" can be replaced with “In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful“.

"to the country in which I live" is the official variant allowed by the Scout Association for non-British subjects, instead of "to the Queen". However the English construction of this clause is a mouthful bordering on gibberish. The Scout Association obviously asked a non-native speaker of English to come up with it. See below for the variant preferred by native speakers of English.

The Queen as head of state represents the law of the land. Nothing more is intended by the clause "to the Queen" than simply swearing to be a responsible citizen. However for those who are not comfortable saying "to the Queen" considering the current geo-political backdrop, we allow :
  • "to my country" for Brits, or
  • "to my country of residence" for non-Brits resident in the UK

We also  use the words God or Allah interchangeably. Just let us know which name for the Almighty you prefer to use in advance.

For example, you may prefer to say:

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to Allah and to my country
To help other people,
And to keep the Scout Law.

The Investiture Ceremony

Please download this cribsheet.

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