IX. General Rules
Bands, where such exist, must be so conducted as to avoid nuisance to the
public and, in particular, must not play when passing churches, hospitals, or
any house where illness is known to be. They
must not play after 9:00 PM in the streets, and bugle practice must not be
carried out in open places within 600 yards of houses.
Bands are not permitted for Cubs.
No Scouter or other person in charge for the time being shall allow any
Scout to take part in boating without first considering carefully all of the
conditions, and in particular having satisfied himself:--
That the Scout can swim 50 yards in shirt, shorts, and stockings.
This precaution is unnecessary in the case of lakes and streams where it
is known that there is no danger and the the depth of the water nowhere exceeds
three and a half feet.
That, in addition, if sailing, the boat is under the charge of a
professional sailor or other experienced person.
The following rules, in addition to those in Rule 327, apply to Sea
Scouts and Rover Sea Scouts, and where boating is part of their training, to
Scouts and Rovers:--
No boat shall be taken over for use until the "Charge
Certificate" issued for this purpose has been completed.
Boat certificates must be renewed each year.
No boat shall be used for training unless properly manned and in charge
of a person possessing the "Charge Certificate" issued for the purpose
or otherwise authorised by the Sea Scout Committee of the
for "Charge Certificates" must be nominated by the Sea Scout Committee
and approved by the
No Sea Scout or Rover Sea Scout shall form part of the crew of any rowing
boat until he can swim 50 yards with clothes on (shirt, shorts, and stockings,
as a minimum), or form part of the crew of a sailing boat until he has also
passed for the Oarsman badge.
No Scout shall be allowed to bathe except under the personal supervision
of the Scouter in charge of the party or some responsible adult appointed by him
for the purpose. The safety of the
place must have been previously ascertained and all reasonable precautions must
be taken, including the provision of a life line.
A picket of two good swimmers, preferably those with the Rescuer badge,
must be on duty (undressed) with great coats on, in a boat or on shore as the
circumstances may demand, ready to help any boy in distress.
The picket itself may not bathe until the others have left the water.
(iii) This rule does not apply to
bathing in properly supervised swimming baths.
The precautions set out in this rule may also be modified to a reasonable
extent where the Scouter in charge has previously ascertained that the the whole
of the water is shallow, and that no possible danger exists or can exist.
Rovers must exercise all reasonable precautions in both boating and
bathing, and where a number of Rovers are bathing together the above precautions
must be taken.
Cubs may boat or bathe, subject to the precautions set out above in Rules
327 and 329.
Scouters are recommended to read "Camping Standards," price 3d.
from I.H.Q. (Equipment Dept.)
C.Ms. are also recommended to read "Camping for Cubs," price1/-
from I.H.Q. (Equipment Dept.).
No Scouts may camp without the previous permission of their D.C.
Only in exceptional circumstances, and with the previous permission of
their D.C., may Cubs be allowed to camp with Scouts.
When Scouts propose to camp outside their own District, at least 21 day's
notice of the summer camp or 14 days' notice of other camps must be given (Forms
P.C. 1 and PC. 2 being used) by the Scouter in charge to his D.C., who will
inform the Secretary of the County to be visited, who in turn, will inform the
D.C. concerned. The D.C. of any
District in which a camp takes place has control under Rule 125 (8).
Parties of Scouts or Rovers trekking or hiking through one or more
Counties should give similar notice, stating approximate dates.
If Scouts or Rovers intend to visit a site frequently at week ends, a
general notice should be given at the beginning of the season.
If, in any case, the name and address of the County Secretary are not
known, the D.C. can address the notice:--
it will be forwarded by next post.
To facilitate the holding of week end Patrol camps, and the arranging of
treks and hikes, when the use of Forms P.C.1 and P.C.2 is impossible,
appropriate permit cards can be used, and these cards can be obtained free by
D.Cs. from I.H.Q.
Short-camp permit cards which are issued free to D.Cs. are only available
for camps of not more than two night's duration, but D.Cs. can authorise their
use at Easter, Whitsun, and August Bank Holidays for four nights.
D.Cs. must only issue these cards to G.S.Ms. of Groups whose of camping
capabilities they are completely satisfied and G.S.Ms. must use the same
discretion in issuing the cards to Patrol Leaders.
The D.C. is not relieved of his responsibility as to these camps.
Rover hike permit card can be used in the same way.
Scouts proposing to camp or travel abroad in uniform must first obtain
the sanction of I.H.Q.; the application must be accompanied by by a
recommendation from the D.C.
Sanction will not be given to Cubs to camp abroad or, save in exceptional
circumstances, to travel abroad.
(iii) Invitations to foreign
Scouts to visit or camp in the
Enough sleeping bags or blankets must be provided to enable each Scout to
make a separate bed.
Camp raiding is strictly prohibited.
The following rules, additional to those in Rules 332-333. 335 and
338-340, apply in the case of camps for Cubs:--
Some form of clean, permanent shelter, or a weatherproof marquee, large
enough to accommodate all the Cubs in camp in case of wet weather, must be
In normal circumstances there should be at least one adult for every six
Cubs in camp. In no circumstances
should a camp be held with less than two adults.
In the case of a C.M. or A.C.M. wishing to take Cubs to camp for the
first time, or after an adverse report has been received on a previous camp, the
preliminary permission of the D.C. should be sought at least three months before
the proposed commencement of the camp and before any intimation of the camp has
been given to either Cubs or parents.
341A. Old Scouts camping in uniform must comply with
No emblem may be worn on uniform unless it has been approved by I.H.Q. in
accordance with the following rules.
The following may be approved:--
In special cases.
To be worn on special scarves under Rule 290.
Approval will only be given subject to the following conditions:--
Application must be submitted through the normal channels of
communication and not direct to I.H.Q.
A drawing or specimen of the design (which will not be returned) must be
submitted, together with a statement of the approval of the C.C.
In the case of Rover emblems and Group emblems the approval of the
The design must be emblematic in character, e.g., the title of a Group or
the name or initials of an individual are not admissible.
The design must not exceed two inches in length or breadth.
A specimen of the emblem when made must be sent to I.H.Q. for record.
An emblem, when approved, must be worn in one of the following places, as
decided by the commissioner concerned;--
on the shoulder,
on the right breast,
on the point of the scarf,
all members of the unit for which it is approved.
Scouts can use any of the following:__
The National flag. On land,
the Union Flag, commonly called the Union Jack; at sea, the Red Ensign.
Scout flags. Flags of any
colour and design, bearing if desired, the Scout badge and the name of the
If flags are dedicated they must be treated with the greatest reverence
at all times - for instance, it would not be correct to fly a dedicated Union
Jack on a flagstaff in camp, or to move it uncased without an escort.
Groups are advised to consider this carefully before undertaking the
charge of dedicated flags.
When large flags are carried, the flag-pole should be either sloped over
the right shoulder, the flag gathered in, or, when marching past, held vertical
in the carrier, the flag flying free.
should be made to the leaflet, "Flag Carrying" obtainable from I.H.Q.
The flags described in Rule 346 (1) and (2) will be lowered to the King
or the Queen, members of the Royal Family entitled to the prefix "Royal
Highness," representatives of His Majesty in Dominions and Colonies,
foreign Monarchs and Presidents of Republics.
Such flags will not be lowered during the playing of the National Anthem
unless one of the persons mentioned in (i) is present.
(iii) Scout flags only will be
lowered to the Chief Scout.
Parties of Scouts on the march must have responsible pickets at the head
Such pickets at night must show a white light in front and a red light to
Mourning for all members of the Association in uniform is a two-inch
black crepe band worn round the left arm above the elbow.
Salutes are given on the following occasions:--
As a greeting. Scouts,
Scouters, persons holding Non-executive or Honorary rank, and Old Scouts,
meeting for the first time in the day, salute each other.
The first to see the other should be the first to salute, irrespective of
rank. Scouts and Guides salute each
other when in uniform.
As a token of respect. At the
hoisting of the National Flag, at the playing of the National Anthem, to uncased
colours, to Scout flags other than Patrol flags, and to funerals.
During the making or re-affirming of the Scout Promise.
In this case, all Cubs present salute as in Rule 353 (i), and all other
ranks give the Scout Sign as in Rule 353 (5), even if in church or on parade.
The following methods are the methods of saluting:--
Cubs salute as in figure 1.
All other ranks, except as in paragraph (3) salute as in figure 2,
passing a stick or thumbstick into the left hand.
Scouts, when carrying staves, salute as in Figures 3 and 4.
If the hands are occupied, the salute is by turning the head and eyes to
the right or left, as the case may be.
The Scout Sign (for use only in cases under Rule 352 (3) is given by
raising the right hand level with the shoulder, palm to the front and fingers as
in figure 2, but Scouts carrying staves use the left hand.
The Scout sign is not used by Cubs.
The above salutes are used irrespective of whether the head is bare or
In church, the salute is always by standing at the alert, except in Rule
On all parades, other than in church, the leader calls the Scouts to the
alert and he alone salutes except as in Rule 352 (3).
G.S.Ms. must not allow members of their Groups to practise rifle shooting
or shoot matches except on an officially approved range, and no shooting must
ever take place except under the supervision of a competent adult who will be
responsible that the range rules are strictly adhered to.
Under the Firearms Act, 1920, application must be made by the person
responsible to the chief officer of police of the district for a Firearms
Certificate in respect of all rifles and ammunition.
Scouts or Old Scouts in uniform are not allowed to appear on the stages
of theatres or music halls in public performances other than their own without
the permission of I.H.Q., given through the D.C.
A Pack is entitled to carry a Totem Pole.
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