Breaking the Cycle

Unit Code

A Unit 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 Unit 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 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 the task and make sure the leaders of each small group know what they’re doing (e.g. the Unit Council).


  • Small groups within your Unit (or the whole Unit if it’s smaller) meet and discuss the Unit Code. They should cover the key areas that are important to them and draft ideas for inclusion in the whole Unit’s Code. You can tailor this step to suit your own Unit, but make sure that everyone has the opportunity to provide input.
  • A foundation for the discussion could be based around the 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 Scout Code. Would pictures help? Does your constitution already have a helpful basis you could start from? There are no right or wrong ways to do this!


  • The Unit Council then come together to collate all of the teams’ feedback. Don’t forget, it’s hard to follow a document that is too long or hard to remember! Make sure that your Unit 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 Unit and make sure everyone is happy with what is included.
  • Have everyone, including the Leaders, sign the Code to say that they will live by it.
  • Display your Unit 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 Unit Code to them.
  • Review your Unit 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 Unit Code Template is downloadable here: Unit Code Template