Introduction

Introduction

History

Lists of laws have been with us since the Mammurabi code and the Ten Commandmants.

As recounted in Wikipedia -
"When writing Scouting for Boys, General Baden-Powell drew inspiration from the work of Ernest Thompson Seton, who founded the Woodcraft Indians in 1902 and later became instrumental in spreading Scouting throughout North America. Baden-Powell also drew inspiration for the Scout Law from the Bushido code of the Japanese Samurai, laws of honor of the American Indians, the code of chivalry of European knights, and the Zulu fighters he had fought against. Like Seton, Baden-Powell chose to use a set of affirmative laws, in contrast to Old Testament-like prohibitions."

When Baden-Powell wrote down the laws he included an extensive explanation of what each meant, along with examples. The scout books of today includes both explanations and examples.

Besides these official commentaries on the Scout Law, countless Scouts have been asked to show in their daily lives that they are living them. As a scout achieves each of his ranks, he is asked to recount these examples.

This site builds on that tradition in several ways. It is a repository for what others have written about the Scout Law, what the author is experiencing and what Scouts are saying.

Besides being a repository, this site hopes to encourage Scouts to both live the Law by recognizing them for their examples and by challenging them to stretch their understanding of the Scout Law.