From an educational point of view, the Scout law needs:
  • To express the qualities of a person who lives according to Scouting’s principles;
  • To be expressed in everyday language that is appropriate to the culture in which the national Scout association operates and to the level of maturity of the young people concerned, i.e. very simple for the younger age groups, and formulated in a slightly more mature way for the next age group, and so on;
  • To be formulated so as to be relevant, inspirational and attractive to young people. It therefore needs to be expressed in positive terms, i.e. “A Scout is” as opposed to “A Scout is not”;
  • To be sufficiently short so as to be easily remembered - it is not intended to be a long, exhaustive list.