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Renew your Promise online

Come together, remember what it means to be a Scout, and renew your Promise without leaving your home.

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet

Before you begin

  • Some people renew their Promise to mark St George’s Day, while others may renew their Promise at other times of year. You could run this activity with your own section or join with others in your group to renew your promises together.
  • We know that it can be tricky to plan a fun and inclusive online event, so we’ve put together some suggestions to get you started.
  • Check out the advice on digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online before you get stuck in.

Renew your Promise

  1. The person leading the event should welcome everyone and ask them to mute themselves. Remind everyone that they’ll be making their Promise together and that everyone should use the version they’re most comfortable with.
  1. If everyone’s marking St George’s Day, the person leading the event could share some interesting facts about St George’s Day and why we celebrate it in Scouts.
  1. Everyone should think about their Promise and one way that they’ve lived by it recently. They could take it in turns to share their ideas.
  1. Some people from each section could take it in turns to share some news. What have they been up to? Has anything exciting happened recently?
  2. Everyone should make the Scout sign – the person leading the event should show them how: they should take their right hand, and use their thumb to hold down their little finger. At the same time, they should stretch out their other fingers so they point straight upwards. They should turn their hand so their palm is facing the screen.
  1. The person leading the event should put any words on the screen. Think about using the inclusive prompts below to help everyone make their Promise at the same time.
  2. Everyone should renew their Promise using the version that’s right for them.
  1. Everyone should repeat steps five, six, and seven for each of the sections.
  1. The person leading the event should finish by challenging everyone to think about one way they can continue to live by their Promise over the next year. Everyone should make a note of what they’ll do to help them remember – they could write it down or draw, whatever works best for them.  


Next time everyone comes together in their groups, they could reflect on what it felt like to come together with other sections or groups to renew their Promise together.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.