Scout Motto

Be Prepared

The Scout Motto “Be Prepared” was chosen by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement. It is no coincidence that he used to shorten his name to B-P.

In his book “Scouting for Boys”, Robert Baden-Powell explains:

The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.

  • Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
  • Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.



Hilary Saint George Saunders’ book  “The Left Handshake: The Boy Scout Movement during the War, 1939-1945″ had the first letter of each chapter spell out the Scout motto. The chosen words are: Bravery, Enterprise, Purpose, Resolution, Endurance, Partnership, Assurance, Reformation, Enthusiasm and Devotion


Source: Wikipedia Scout Motto