Spiritual Development in Scouting

Duty to God together with Duty to Others and Duty to Self is one of the three main principles of Scouting according to the Constitution of the Movement. These principles, however, have been interpreted in many different ways, as might be expected in the wide range of cultures in which Scouting has become established.

The Duty to God Task Force was set up in 2015 in order to get a better overview and understanding of the current situation worldwide regarding perceptions and activities related to the Duty to God principle in Scouting.

Analysis Report

The Survey on Spiritual Development in Scouting reflects the results of two extensive surveys that were developed by the task force members, and carried out in the course of 2016. The Analysis Report aims to:

  • Identify some underlying issues but also brings together in a more comprehensive manner than before, the numerous good initiatives that have emerged and been carried out over the years in different NSOs/NSAs.
  • Provide valuable contextual data on the areas of strengths and the challenges faced by Scout leaders and trainers in spiritual and religious development.

The rich data that emerged from these surveys would be carried out by KAICIID, one of WOSM’s partners, in order to ensure a professional academic standard of analysis.


KAICIID is, in its structure and mission, both an intergovernmental and multireligious organisation dedicated to improving understanding across religious and cultural diversity.

Check out the full report!

This report is the result of collaboration between the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID).

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