What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across
the grass and loses itself in the sunset.
– Attributed to Crowfoot (ca 1830-1890), chief of the Canadian Blackfoot tribe
The promise binds the Girl Scouts together as nothing else could do. It is a promise each girl voluntarily makes; it is not a rule of her family nor a command from her school nor a custom of her church. She is not forced to make it-she deliberately chooses to do so, and experience has shown that she fulfills her promise.
– from the Girl Scout Handbook, 1929.
Lord Baden-Powell always referred to his scheme as the “game of Scouting” because he wanted it to mean fun and adventure. But to foster the self-discipline of the young Scouts, he also developed a code of ethics in their own terms-the Scout Promise and Laws. He was convinced that a program built around the comradeship of the group, so natural to children, and guided by the Scout Promise would result in an esprit de corps that would bring out the best in every member.
– from the Girl Scout Leader’s Guide, 1955
I Promise to do my best,
to be true to myself, my beliefs, and Canada.
I will take action for a better world,
And respect the Guiding Law.
To be honest and trustworthy,
To use resources wisely,
To respect myself and others,
To know and use my gifts and skills,
To respect the environment,
To be courageous and strong,
To share in the Guiding Sisterhood.