The Internal Compass

The Internal Compass

So if spiritual development can happen through all sorts of different experiences, how can you tell when it’s being developed?

Within the program, we make sure we provide opportunities for Scouts to explore beliefs (their own and others’), build respect for others, stop for reflection, and to be thankful. We remember these four points as the points of something called the internal compass.

Just as a regular compass helps us to seek direction and find our way a journey, the internal compass helps us to find our direction in life.

The internal compass serves mainly as a memory aid. It helps remind us of key opportunities within the program that help Scouts develop spiritually. During activities, you’ll recognise moments where spiritual development can be supported; the internal compass assists you by indicating what those experiences could be.

This tool could also come in handy during program planning. The points of the internal compass may help you come up with activity ideas within the Challenge Areas. An internal compass resource is available to help guide this process. This is particularly important to keep in mind if your Reviews> have shown a lack of spiritual development opportunities in the program.


A Scout explores spirituality in religious and non-religious forms, and thinks deeply about the different ways they may live their life

    • Exploring religions
    • Exploring non-religious systems of spiritual belief
    • Exploring questions about the purpose and journey of life


A Scout pauses to reflect upon the Promise & Law as well as their own spiritual beliefs through a variety of means. These may include worship, meditation, prayer, conversation and contemplation

    • Reflection upon the role that spiritual beliefs and the Scout Promise & Law play in our lives and how these develop over time
    • Reflection upon how we may better live up to our own spiritual beliefs
    • Reflection upon our connection with others and place in the world


A Scout respects and acknowledges other people’s spiritual beliefs, and the value of diversity

    • Respect for the different religious and spiritual beliefs others may hold
    • Respect for the different social and cultural backgrounds that others may come from
    • Respect for the value of diversity in the community


A Scout is thankful for the many gifts of nature and the human community, and expresses this regularly

    • Appreciation for the beauty of our natural and human world
    • Appreciation for the relationships we share and the role others play in shaping our lives
    • Appreciation for the opportunities available throughout our lives


Internal Compass (resources for each section)