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NSS welcomes introduction of alternative Scout Promise for atheists

NSS welcomes introduction of alternative Scout Promise for atheists

Posted: Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:41

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that The Scout Association is to introduce an additional alternative version to the Scout Promise in order to welcome atheists into the Movement.

Anger as Christian Girl Guide leaders refuse to implement secular Promise

Anger as Christian Girl Guide leaders refuse to implement secular Promise

Posted: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:31

An atheist Guide leader in Harrogate has been told she will not be able to take the new Girlguide Promise because local troop leaders are refusing to drop God from their traditional promise.

Girl Guides to introduce new secular Promise for all

Girl Guides to introduce new secular Promise for all

Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:48

The National Secular Society has welcomed news that The Guide Association is to update its Promise to emphasise that guiding is open to all girls. The updated Promise will ask members to 'be true to myself and develop my beliefs'. This will replace the previous phrase 'to love my God'.

Last chance to take part in the Scouts consultations on the Promise

Last chance to take part in the Scouts consultations on the Promise

Posted: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:33

The UK Scout Association's consultation on the 'Promise' closes on 31 January. Please add your voice to ensure scouting is open to non-believers.

NSS welcomes consultation on Scouts Promise

NSS welcomes consultation on Scouts Promise

Posted: Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:05

News that the Scout Association has decided to review its policy of excluding people without a religious belief has been welcomed by the National Secular Society.

NSS calls on scouts to welcome non-believers – Sign the petition!

NSS calls on scouts to welcome non-believers – Sign the petition!

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:00

The National Secular Society has launched a petition calling on the Scouts to make the religious oath in the Scout Promise optional, and open up scouting to non-believers. Please sign and share!

Boy, 11, excluded from Scouts because he doesn’t believe in God

Boy, 11, excluded from Scouts because he doesn’t believe in God

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:07

An 11-year old boy from Midsomer Norton, near Bath, has been told he cannot join his local Scout troop because he does not believe in God and doesn't want to make the Scout Promise in its present form.

NSS challenges Bear Grylls over Scouts inclusivity claims

NSS challenges Bear Grylls over Scouts inclusivity claims

Posted: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:18

The National Secular Society has written to Chief Scout Bear Grylls to challenge his recent claims that scouting is for everyone regardless of their religion, ethnicity or belief.

Councillor calls on scouts and guides to drop religious requirements

Posted: Fri, 02 Dec 2011 12:35

A town councillor from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in Lancashirehas called for youth groups such as Scouts and Guides to become more secular in nature so that they appealed to more children – especially from Asian communities.

The Brownie Promise – a case study

Posted: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:31

A North Somerset girl who doesn't believe in god, but wants to be in the Brownies, faces a familiar quandary: what to do about the Brownie Promise which goes: "I promise that I will do my best, to love my God, to serve the Queen and my country, to help other people and to keep the Brownie Guide law."