Breaking the Cycle

Mob Code

A Mob Code is a way of expressing how members of members of our section are going to act, what acceptable behaviour is, and how the will operate. Every section should have a Code developed annually by its members.

A Mob Code is about:

  • How we treat each other
  • Respecting our environment
  • Looking after possessions and property – both ours and everyone else’s

In many ways, it’s how we live by the Joey Scout Promise & Motto!

How to Develop Your Code


  • Read through this whole document, make sure you understand all of it.
  • Decide how you’re going to break up this task (small groups within your Mob, Joeys doing drawings or having discussions. It’s up to you!) Make sure all Leaders and Adult Helpers who will be involved know what they’re doing.


  • Small groups of Joeys and a leader meet and discuss the Mob Code. They should cover the key areas that are important to them and draft ideas for inclusion in the whole Mob’s Code. You can tailor this step to suit your own Mob, but make sure that everyone has the opportunity to provide input.
  • A foundation for the discussion could be based around the Joey Scout Promise and Law.
  • It may help to think about grouping your thoughts into ‘What We Do’ and ‘What We Don’t Do’, but remember that it is up to you how you present your Mob Code. Would pictures help? There are no right or wrong ways to do this!


  • The Leaders collate the whole Mob’s feedback in to one Code. Don’t forget, it’s hard to follow a document that is too long or hard to remember! Make sure that your Mob Code covers the key areas –
    • respecting each other,
    • building resilience against bullying and harassment,
    • the environment, and
    • possessions / property.
  • Present the document back to the whole Mob and make sure everyone is happy with what is included.
  • Discuss the Code (with examples) so that everybody understands how they can live by the code
  • Have everyone, including the Leaders, sign the Code to say that they will live by it.
  • Display your Mob Code up in your hall for everyone to see!
  • Make sure that when new people (don’t forget the Leaders!) join your section that someone explains your Mob Code to them.
  • Review your Mob Code annually to keep it up to date.


Check out these resources to start you off, but remember to make your Scout Code your own!

  • Examples on the Breaking the Cycle: Bullying is not a part of Scouting website,
  • Bullying resources on the Breaking the Cycle: Bullying is not part of Scouting website, Facebook page and Scouts in Action Month website
  • Code of Conduct (in Policy and Rules)

A Mob Code template is downloadable here: Mob Code Template