Scout’s Honour on The X-Files [Geekspeak]

In season 1, episode 14 (“Gender Bender”), Fox Mulder solidifies a promise he makes by following up with the expression “Scout’s Honor“.

The expression derived from one of the rules established by sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founding father of the Scout movement. One year after holding the first ever Scouting encampment in England, he published the book Scouting for Boys in 1908. This book served as the official charter for what is to be become the Boy Scout movement, and listed the rules of conduct to be followed by any of its members.

The first rule of scouting states that a Scout’s honor is to be trusted. At the time the book was published, any Scout that is found to break his honour was summoned to a hearing, where elders decided whether or not to expel the Scout from the Movement. In modern times, however, children’s rights to participate unhindered in activities takes precedence over archaic rules and regulations. Despite this, the words “Scout’s Honor” still means that a promise will be upheld, and the promise kept until death.

The 9 rules a Boy Scout must follow are:

  1. A Scout’s honor is to be trusted
  2. A Scout is loyal
  3. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and help others
  4. A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout
  5. A Scout is courteous
  6. A Scout is friend to all animals
  7. A Scout obeys orders
  8. A Scout is optimistic
  9. A Scout is thrifty
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