How to Teach the Cub Scout Promise

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The Cub Scout Promise, "I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack," is important to not only learn but understand. Cub Scouts should learn to say the oath without help, but they also need to know what the words mean.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Begin by explaining a promise to a young scout. Explain that a promise is a commitment or agreement to follow the words in the oath.

  2. 2

    Spend some time teaching about giving your best. Share with the importance of understanding that one scout's best is not always the same as the another. This is a good time to talk about competitions, such as the Pinewood Derby.

  3. 3

    Teach a duty to God is the third part of the Cub Scout Promise. This duty includes practicing your religion at church, school, at home, around others and at pack meetings. Respecting different religions is also a good lesson to be taught.

  4. 4

    Explain the duty to your country starts with being a good citizen. Outings are a good teaching tool for this concept. Good citizens protect the land, water, air and other surroundings.

  5. 5

    Plan an outing to a local nursing home or animal shelter as a tool to teach helping other people. Concrete hands-on experiences are a great way to reinforce this part of the Cub Scout Promise.

  6. 6

    Emphasize the last phrase of the Promise, "obey the law of the pack." Explore the concept of obedience and various ways it happens daily. Explain that the law of the pack is an overview of obeying laws of the community, home and school as well as the Cub Scouts.

Tips and warnings

  • Teaching good sportsmanship along with doing your best is a good idea. Competitions, both big and small, are a good way to teach the basics of the concept.
  • Hands-on teaching is a great way to get Cub Scouts involved and more eager to learn. Take the Promise one phrase at a time, and learn it using different planned activities such as field trips, worksheets and books.
  • The youngest Cub Scouts, the Tiger Scouts, can be as young as first grade, so teaching them to say the Promise with help may not be necessary. Focus more on the meanings of the Promise.

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