The Constitution of the British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts


Version 18/06/2002


1.1 The organisation shall be called 'The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association', herein after called 'The Association' or 'BBS & BGS'.
Note: The Association was founded in 1909 as 'The British Boy Scouts'. From 1909 Girl Scouts were included in the membership and circa 1913 onwards the title 'The British Boys Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association' was used. In 1932 the Association adopted the title 'The Brotherhood of British Scouts' to avoid confusion with the Boy Scouts Association. The optional addition of 'and Girl Scouts Association' was also used with the 1932 title. The present title has been used interchangeably with the 1932 title since 1983.
1.2 The aim of the Association shall be to promote education of young people and to develop good citizenship among them by forming their character; training them in habits of observation, obedience and self-reliance; inculcating loyalty and thoughtfulness for others; teaching them services useful to the public, and handicrafts useful to themselves; promoting their physical, mental, and spiritual development.
1.3 The methods employed for the attainment of the aims of the Association shall be, the creation of a desired fraternity of which the young person shall be a member, which guided by adult leadership is increasingly self-governing in its successive age-groups, by opening to the young person a succession of congenial activities and achievements in a largely outdoor setting and opportunities of service to others; by putting upon the young person progressively increasing measures of responsibility for himself or herself and others so that he or she acquires competence, self reliance, character, dependability and powers both of co-operation and leadership.
1.4 The principles and practices of the Association shall be based on the Law and Pledge.

2.1 On investiture, the Scout makes the following Pledge:-

On my honour I will Love God; Honour the Queen; Respect all.
On my honour I will, without fear or reward, protect the weak, defend the helpless, and assist my neighbour.
On my honour I will live by the Scout Law.

2.2 On investiture the Junior Scout makes a simpler form of Pledge:-

On my honour I will Love God; Honour the Queen; Respect all.
On my honour I will live by the Law of the Junior Scouts and to do a good turn to somebody, every day.

2.3 On investiture, the Senior Scout or Rover Scout makes, or reaffirms, the Scout Pledge. On the presentation of a Warrant for the first time, a Scout Officer makes, or re-affirms the Scout Pledge. Other persons connected with the Movement may make the Scout Pledge.

2.4 The Scout Law is:-

1. A Scout is honourable, truthful and reliable.
2. A Scout is loyal to the Queen, his/her Country, his/her Parents, his/her Officers and to comrades high and low.
3. A Scout is helpful to others, whatever it may cost him/her.
4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother/sister to all Scouts.
5. A Scout is courteous to all.
6. A Scout is kind to animals.
7. A Scout is obedient and follows orders from his/her Parents and Officers promptly.
8. A Scout is cheerful and takes trouble with a trusting grace.
9. A Scout is self reliant and a good steward of his/her possessions.
10. A Scout is upright in his/her conduct.

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2.5 The Junior Scout Law is:-
1. A Junior Scout respects his/her Parents and his/her Officers;
2. A Junior Scout respects himself/herself.

3.1 The Association is first and foremost a Christian organisation and seeks to serve the Christian Church as a means of advancement of the Christian Faith. This is achieved through local Churches sponsoring BBS & BGS Groups or Companies, in which leisure, education and Christian influence are combined in an attractive way. It can provide both an activity for Christian young people and to be the means of introducing young people to the Christian Faith.
3.2 Each BBS & BGS Group/Company will be encouraged to become a full part of the sponsoring Church's life. Also positive participation in the Church to which each member belongs will be encouraged. If a Scout does not belong to a Church, the Scout Officer in consultation with the Parents, must endeavour to put him/her in touch with one, which may be either, that which his/her parents belong or into which he/she may have in the past been baptised or otherwise admitted, or the Group's/Company's sponsoring Church.
3.3 The definition of 'Christian' accepted by the BBS & BGS is 'a person or a corporation of persons (Church, Fellowship etc.) who can accept the ecumenical version of the Nicene Creed' [set in Appendix A]. In a similar way the 'Christian Faith' as it applies to Part 2 Rule 2.1 of the Constitution (Membership), is defined as the teaching of any Church or Christian organisation, which is not incompatible with the Nicene Creed.
3.4 An equal opportunities policy will be exercised in relation to the welfare and opportunities the Association offers to young people. Members of faiths other than the Christian Faith may be members of the Association without any disadvantage.
3.5 Combined Church Parades of Groups/Companies, composed of various religious backgrounds may take place, provided it has the agreement of the parents concerned, and under no circumstances should a Scout Officer urge Scouts to attend places of worship other than those of their own form of religion.
3.6 Gatherings of Scouts, known by the term Scouts' Own, are held for the worship of God and to promote a fuller realisation of the Scout Law and Pledge, but these are supplementary to, and not in substitution for, the religious observances outlined in this religious policy.

4.1 The Association does not support, and is not supported by, any political party.
4.2 The Association encourages; loyalty to the Community and Nation in which we live; statesmanship above political positions; and members to make their own open enquiries in their training and exercising of citizenship, especially those of an age to vote. As a positive measure of responsible citizenship the Association encourages support to organisations that are concerned with; the welfare of young people; international friendship; the disadvantaged; and the environment, as being examples of knight errantry in practice.
4.3 The Association is not connected with any military organisation and the use of drill, military titles etc,. should not be taken to imply that the Association is a military movement.

5.1 The Association shall appoint a Treasurer who shall inform the Executive Committee at every meeting about the financial state of the Association.
5.2 An Auditor shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to Audit the Associations Accounts, which shall be presented at the Association's Annual General Meeting, following the end of the financial year.
5.3 The Executive Committee shall levy annual registration fees for members under the following categories at rates set by the Executive Committee.
Corporate: Scout Groups or Companies.
Individual: Lone Scouts, Lone Senior Scouts, Lone Rover Scouts, Life Associates and Scout Officers who do not belong to a Group or Company.
5.4 The Assets of the BBS & BGS (Monies, Equipment, Property, Uniform, Badges, and Manuals) shall only be that as held by the Executive Committee, as Trustees of the Association.
5.5 With the exception of monies, the details of all Assets held by the Trustees shall be entered into an Inventory and Terrier Log Book. Monies shall be accounted for by the Association's Treasurer.
5.6 Each Group or Company shall adopt a Trust Deed based on guide-lines issued by the Executive Committee from time to time, provided that such Trust Deed does not infringe or alter the charitable status of the Association.

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5.7 In the case of the winding up of a local Group or Company that is registered with the Association and in the absence of instructions to the contrary, all remaining assets shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of current legislation by the Association's Executive Committee.
5.8 Donors to GHQ funds, of a fixed rate and upwards as set by the Executive Committee from time to time, are regarded as Life Associates of the British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association.
5.9 Groups or Companies, and District Associations are expected to support themselves locally; but no unit may make any appeal outside of its own area.
5.10 Groups or Companies may only issue a general appeal if authorised to do so by the local Commissioner.
5.11 The spirit of the Association is, that on the part of the young people themselves, money should be earned and not solicited.
5.12 Members of the Association may assist National Registered Charities in fund raising activities.
5.13 Fund raising by members shall be carried out within the law of the land.
5.14 Annual Accounts for the BBS & BGS GHQ, Extra-Provincial Organisations, District Associations and Groups/Companies must be prepared in accordance with current legislation as applicable to Charities registered with the Charity Commission. Accounts and reports must be kept for at least seven years.
5.15 Copies of the annual accounts of Groups/Companies must be submitted to the Group/Company Sponsoring Authority without application, and to the Association's Headquarters only upon request.
5.16 Copies of the annual accounts of District Associations and Extra-Provincial Organisations must be submitted to the Association's Headquarters upon request.


1.1 The British Boy Scouts and British Girl Scouts Association was founded May 24th 1909 as the British Boy Scouts. It was founded and remains as an un-incorporated society. The Association was registered as a Charity at Law, 6th March 1984, Registration Number 288631.
1.2 The Trustees of the Charity shall consist of all members of the Executive Committee.
1.3 In the event of winding up the Association, after the payment of all Creditors;
(a) all assets shall be given to charitable Bone fide Youth organisations,
(b) all records to be deposited with The Youth Movement Archive, University College, Cardiff, with a catal