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Scout Motto

The Scout Motto of the Scout Movement, in various languages, has been used by millions of Scouts around the world since 1907. Most of the member organisations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) share this same motto.

Baden-Powell on "Be Prepared"

In English, this motto is most commonly Be Prepared, and it is no coincidence that this motto can be shortened to B. P. and Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the movement, used to shorten his surname into B.-P.

In the third part of Scouting for Boys Robert Baden-Powell explains the meaning of the phrase:

The Scout Motto is: BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.

  • Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
  • Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.

"To do the right thing at the right moment" can be extreme:

"Where a man has gone so far as to attempt suicide, a Scout should know what to do with him.
"BE PREPARED to die for your country if need be, so that when the moment arrives you may charge home with confidence, not caring whether you are going to be killed or not

Also, the first handbook for Girl Guides, How Girls Can Help to Build Up the Empire by Agnes and Robert Baden-Powell, similarly explains:

The motto of the Girl Guides is "Be Prepared". Why is this? It is because, like the other Guides, you have to be prepared at any moment to face difficulties and even dangers by knowing what to do and how to do it.

(The "other Guides" of this quote are the Khyber Guide Regiment.)

Acrostic

Hilary Saint George Saunders' book The Left Handshake: The Boy Scout Movement during the War, 1939-1945 had the first letter of each chapter spell out the Scout motto. The chosen words are: Bravery, Enterprise, Purpose, Resolution, Endurance, Partnership, Assurance, Reformation, Enthusiasm and Devotion.

Motto in various languages

  • Note-many languages have masculine and feminine forms of words-where gender changes the Scout Motto, differences are reflected here. Regional languages within a country are marked with a (*).

country language Boy Scouts Girl Guides or Girl Scouts organizational variant meaning (if other than Be Prepared) transliteration or pronunciation
Afghanistan Pashto Tayar Osay Tayar Osay
Albania Albanian Ji Gati Pergatitu Always Prepared Ji Gati
Algeria Arabic كن مستعدين [kun mustʌʕidʌn]
Andorra Catalan Sempre a punt Sempre a punt Sempre a punt
Angola Portuguese Sempre alerta! Sempre alerta! Always alert! Sempre alerta
American Samoa Samoan please add Samoan language variant please add Samoan language variant
Argentina Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Lista! Always Prepared Siempre Listo
Armenia Armenian Միշտ պատրաստ Միշտ պատրաստ Partsratsir Partsratsour Always Ready, Elevate Yourself and Others with You Misht Badrast
Aruba Papiamento Wees Bereid Wees Bereid Wees Bereid
Australia English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Austria German Allzeit bereit! Allzeit bereit! Always Prepared Allzeit bereit
Azerbaijan Azeri Daima Hazır Daima Hazır
The Bahamas English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Bahrain Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Bangladesh Bengali সেবার জন্য সদা প্রস্তুত থাকতে যথাসাধ্য চেষ্টা করা সদা প্রস্তুত Do your best to be prepared for service Sebar jannoa sada prastut thakte jathasadhya chesta kara; Sada prastut
Barbados English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Belarus Belarusian Напагатове! Будзь гатоў!, Будь готов! Napahatove, Budz' Hatoǔ
Belgium Dutch, French Wees Paraat!, Sois Prêt! Wees Paraat!, Sois Prêt! Wees Paraat!, Sois Prêt! Wees Paraat, Sois Prêt
Belize English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Benin French Toujours Prêt! Toujours Prête! Always Prepared! Toujours Prêt
Bhutan Dzongkha གྲ་འགྲིག་འབད་ གྲ་འགྲིག་འབད་ Dra drig Bay
Bolivia Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Lista! Always Prepared! Siempre Listo
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnian Буди спреман! Budi Spreman
Botswana Tswana Nna oi pokoulse! Nna o ipaakantse! Nna oi pokoulse
Brazil Portuguese Sempre Alerta! Semper Parata! (Latin) Always Alert Sempre Alerta
Brunei Malay Selalu Bersedia! Selalu Sedia! Selalu Bersedia
Bulgaria Bulgarian Бъди Готов Бъди Готова Bădi gotov
Burkina Faso French Prêt à servir Prête à servir Ready to Serve Prêt à servir
Burma Burmese ever ready A-sin-thint
Burundi Kirundi Ube Maso Toujours prête à servir Always Ready to Serve Ube Maso
Cambodia Khmer ត្រៀមខ្លួន ត្រៀមខ្លួន Triam Kloun
Cameroon French Sois Prêt! Sois Prête! Sois Prêt
Canada English, French Be Prepared! Be Prepared!, Toujours Prêt! Sois Prêt! Always Ready Sois Prêt
*Nunavut Netsilik Inuit ᐃᔈᓗᐊᖖᓯᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᔈᓗᐊᖖᓯᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᓗᑎᑦ
Cape Verde Portuguese Alerta Alert Alerta
Central African Republic French Toujours Prêt Always Prepared Toujours Prêt
Chad French Toujours Prêt! Toujours Prêtes! Always Prepared Toujours Prêt
Chile Spanish ¡Siempre Listo! ¡Siempre Lista! Always Ready Siempre Listo
Republic of China (Taiwan) Standard Mandarin 準備 準備 Prepare Joen bey
*Tibet (PRC) Tibetan gtan gyi thugs rje gtan gyi thugs rje gtan gyi thugs rje
*Xinjiang (PRC) Uyghur تەييار بول تەييار بول Teyyar Bol
Colombia Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Lista! Always Ready Siempre Listo
Comoros Swahili Uwe Tayari Uwe Tayari
Democratic Republic of the Congo French Sois Prêt Toujours Prêt Always Prepared Sois Prêt
Republic of the Congo French Sois Prêt Toujours Prêt Always Prepared Sois Prêt
Cook Islands Cook Islands Māori Kia vai teateamamao! Kia vai teateamamao! Kia vai teateamamao
Costa Rica Spanish Siempre listos para servir Always ready to serve Siempre listos para servir
Côte d'Ivoire French Sois Prêt! Toujours Prêt!, Prête à servir Toujours Prêt! Always Prepared, Ready to Serve Sois Prêt
Croatia Croatian Budi Pripraven! Uvijek spreman! Budi Pripraven
Cuba Spanish Siempre Listo Always Ready Siempre Listo
Cyprus Greek Έσo έτοιμος! Ésso étimi! Ésso étimos
Czech Republic Czech Buď připraven Buď připraven
Denmark Danish Vær beredt! Vær beredt! Værn og tjen! Protect and Serve Vær beredt
Djibouti Somali Diyaar Ahaaw Diyaar Ahaaw Diyaar Ahaaw
Dominica English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Dominican Republic Spanish Siempre listo! Siempre lista! Always ready Siempre listo, Siempre lista
East Timor Tetum please add Tetum language variant please add Tetum language variant
Ecuador Spanish Siempre listo! Siempre listas! Always Ready Siempre listo
Egypt Arabic كن مستعدين Koony mostaeda! Kun Musta'idan
El Salvador Spanish Siempre Listo Siempre Listas Always Prepared Siempre Listo, Siempre Listas
Equatorial Guinea Spanish, French Toujours Prêt Siempre Listo Always Prepared, Always Ready Toujours Prêt
Eritrea Tigrinya please add Tigrinya language variant please add Tigrinya language variant
Estonia Estonian Ole Valmis! Ole Valmis! Ole Valmis
Ethiopia Amharic ዝግጁ Ready [zə.ɡə.dʒu]
Faroe Islands Faroese Ver til reiðar
Fiji Fijian Tu Vakarau, Meda Tu Vakarau, or Tu Vakarau ena Vei Gauna Tu Vakarau, Meda Tu Vakarau, or Tu Vakarau ena Vei Gauna Tu Vakarau, Meda Tu Vakarau, Tu Vakarau ena Vei Gauna
Finland Finnish Ole Valmis! Ole Valmis! Var redo! Ole Valmis
France French Sois Prêt! Toujours Prête! Toujours Prêt! Always Prepared Sois Prêt
French Polynesia Tahitian please add Tahitian language variant please add Tahitian language variant
Gabon French Toujours Prêt Always Ready Toujours Prêt
Gambia English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Georgia Georgian იყავი მზად იყავი მზად ikavi mzad
Germany German Allzeit bereit! Allzeit bereit! Allzeit bereit
Ghana English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Greece Greek Έσo έτοιμος! Ésso étimi! Ésso étimos
Greenland Kalaallisut please add Kalaallisut language variant please add Kalaallisut language variant
Grenada English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Guam Chamorro please add Chamorro language variant please add Chamorro language variant
Guatemala Spanish Siempre listo para servir Siempre lista! Always prepared to serve Siempre listo para servir
Guinea French Sois Prêt Sois Prêt
Guinea-Bissau Portuguese Sempre Alerta Sempre Alerta
Guyana English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Haiti French Etre Prêt! Etre Prête! Etre Prêt!
Honduras Spanish Siempre Listo Always Prepared
Hong Kong Standard Cantonese 準備 準備 Prepare Joen bey
Hungary Hungarian Légy Résen! Jó Munkát! Be on the Breach Légy Résen
Iceland Iceland Ávallt viðbúinn! Ávallt viðbúinn! Always Prepared Ávallt viðbúinn
India Hindi तैयार Always Prepared Taiyar
Indonesia Indonesian Sentiasa Bersedia Sentiasa Bersedia
Iraq Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Iran Persian آماده باش Aamaadeh Baash
Ireland Irish Bí ullamh! Bí ullamh! Bí ullamh
Israel Modern Hebrew היה נכון heye nachon
Italy Italian, Latin Sii Preparato! Sii Preparata! Latin Estote Parati is also often used Sii Preparato
Jamaica English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Japan Japanese そなえよつねに そなえよつねに Sonae-yo tsuneni
Jordan Arabic و أعدوا Wa ai'doo
Kazakhstan Kazakh Дайын бол! Дайын бол! Будь готов! Dayyin Bol
Kenya Swahili Uwe Tayari! Uwe Tayari! Uwe Tayari
Kiribati Gilbertese Mena tauraoi Mena tauraoi Mena tauraoi
South Korea Korean ㅈㅜㄴㅂㅣ ㅈㅜㄴㅂㅣ Preparation Junbi
Kuwait Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Даяр Бол Даяр Бол Будь готов Dayar Bol
Laos Lao ຕຣຽມພຣ້ອມ Prepared /tliaːm˨ pʰlɔːm˦˩/
Latvia Latvian Esi Modrs!; response Arvien Modrs!, Always Watchful! Esi Modra!; response Arvien Modra!, Always Watchful! Be Watchful Esi Modrs
Lebanon Arabic كن مستعدين Être Prête! Kun Musta'idan
Lesotho Sotho Dula O Lokile Dula O Lokile Dula O Lokile
Liberia English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Libya Arabic و أعدوا Wa a'eddou
Liechtenstein German Allzeit bereit! Allzeit bereit! Always Prepared! Allzeit bereit
Lithuania Lithuanian Budek Budek
Luxembourg Luxembourgish Ëmmer bereet! Ëmmer bereet! Trei zum Land! Loyal to the country Trei zum Land
Macau Standard Cantonese 準備 準備 Prepare Joen bey
Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Биди Спремен Bidi Spremen
Madagascar Malagasy Vonona hatrany hatrany! Vonona hatrany hatrany! Toujours Prêt!, Prêt! Always Prepared Vonona hatrany hatrany
Malawi Chichewa Konzekerani Konzekerani Konzekerani
Malaysia Malay Sentiasa Bersedia! Selalu sedia! Sentiasa Bersedia
Maldives Divehi އަބަދުވެސް ތައްޔާރްށް އަބަދުވެސް ތައްޔާރްށް Abadhuves Thayyarah
Mali French Sois Prêt Sois Prêt
Malta Maltese Kun lest! Kun lesta! Kun lest
Northern Marianas Chamorro please add Chamorro language variant please add Chamorro language variant
Marshall Islands Marshallese please add Marshallese language variant please add Marshallese language variant
Mauritania Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Mauritius French Sois Prêt Sois Prêt
Mexico Spanish Siempre Listo! Bien Preparadas! Always Prepared, Well Prepared Siempre Listo
Federated States of Micronesia Ulithian, Woleaian, Yapese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean, and Chuukese please add Ulithian, Woleaian, Yapese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean, and Chuukese language variant please add Ulithian, Woleaian, Yapese, Pohnpeian, Kosraean, and Chuukese language variant
Moldova Romanian Gata Oricând Always Ready Gata Oricând
Monaco French Scouts Toujours Prêt Être Prête! Scouts Always Ready Scouts Toujours Prêt
Mongolia Mongolian Хэзээд бэлхэн! Бэлэн бол! Become prepared, (I am) ready forever Belen Bol, Hezeed belhen
Montenegro Montenegrin Буди спреман Budi Spreman
Morocco Arabic كن مستعدين Sois Prêt! Kun Musta'idan
Mozambique Portuguese Sempre alerta! Sempre alerta! Always alert! Sempre alerta
Namibia Afrikaans, English, German Be Prepared! Wees geréed! Seid bereit! Wees geréed
Nauru Nauruan please add Nauruan language variant please add Nauruan language variant
Nepal Nepalese तयार होऊ तयार होऊ Tayar Hou
Netherlands Dutch Weest Paraat! Wees Bereid!
Netherlands Antilles Papiamento Sea prepará! Sea prepará! Weest Paraat! Sea prepará
New Caledonia French Sois Prêt! Toujours Prête! Toujours Prêt! Always Prepared Sois Prêt
New Zealand Māori please add Māori language variant please add Māori language variant
Nicaragua Spanish Siempre Listos! Siempre Activas! Always Prepared, Always Active Siempre Listos
Niger Hausa, Zarma please add Hausa language, Zarma language variant please add Hausa language, Zarma language variant
Nigeria English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Niue Niuean Kia mautali Kia mautali
Norway Norwegian Vær Beredt! Vær Beredt! answered Alltid Beredt! Always Prepared Vær Beredt
Oman Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Pakistan Urdu ١ڶمستعد Teyar raho! Ready or Prepared Almustaid
Palau Palauan please add Palauan language variant please add Palauan language variant
Palestinian Authority Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Panama Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Listas! Always Prepared! Siempre Listo
Papua New Guinea Tok Pisin Stap redi Stap redi Stap redi
Paraguay Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Lista! Always Prepared! Siempre Listo
Peru Spanish Siempre Listo! Estar Preparadas! Always Prepared! Siempre Listo
Philippines Tagalog Laging Handâ! Laging Handâ! Always Prepared! Laging Handâ
*Zamboanga Chavacano Pirmi Alisto! Pirmi Alisto! Always Prepared! Pirmi Alisto
Poland Polish Czuwaj! Czuwaj! Watch! (imp.) Czuwaj
Portugal Portuguese Sempre alerta! Sempre alerta! Sempre alerta
Puerto Rico Spanish Estar Preparados! Siempre Lista
Qatar Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Romania Romanian Gata Oricând! Fi Pregatit(a)! Always Ready Gata Oricând
Russia Russian Будь готов! Будь готова! Bud' gotov
*Tuva Tuvan Бэлэн бол! Бэлэн бол! Become prepared Belen Bol
*Yakutia Sakha Бэлэм буол! Бэлэм буол! Belem Buol
Rwanda Kinyarwanda Ube Maso! Toujours Prête! Ube Maso
Saint Christopher and Nevis English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Saint Lucia English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Samoa Samoan please add Samoan language variant please add Samoan language variant
San Marino Italian Sii Preparato
São Tomé and Príncipe Portuguese Sempre alerta! Sempre alerta! Sempre alerta
Saudi Arabia Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Senegal French Toujours tout droit Always Do Right Toujours tout droit
Serbia Serbian Буди спреман Budi Spreman
Seychelles French Sois Prêt Sois Prêt
Sierra Leone English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Singapore Malay Bersedia! ''Selalu sedia! Bersedia
Slovakia Slovakian Buď Pripravený Buď Pripravený
Slovenia Slovenian Bodi pripravljen! Vedno pripravljen! Z naravo k boljšemu človeku! With Nature to a Better Person Bodi pripravljen
Solomon Islands English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Somalia Somali Diyaar Ahaaw Diyaar Ahaaw Diyaar Ahaaw
South Africa Afrikaans, English, Be Prepared! Wees geréed! Wees geréed
Spain Spanish Siempre listos! Siempre listos! always ready Siempre listos
Sri Lanka Sinhalese, Tamil සූදානම්ව!, தயார் நிலையில் இரு! Sudhanamva sittinna! Sudhanamva, Thayaar Nilayil Iru
Sudan Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Suriname Dutch, Sranan Tongo Weest Paraat!, Sete sete! Be Ready Weest Paraat
Swaziland Swazi Hlala ulungele! Hlala ulungele! Hlala ulungele
Sweden Sweden Var redo! - Alltid redo! Var redo! Be Prepared, Always Prepared Var redo, Alltid redo
Switzerland German, French, Italian, Romansh Allzeit bereit!, Toujours Prêt!, Adina Pronto! Allzeit bereit!, Toujours Prête!, Adina Pronta! Allzeit bereit, Toujours Prête, Adina Pronta
Syria Arabic و أعدوا Wa-a-iddoo
Tajikistan Tajik Тайёр бош Тайёр бош Будь готов! Taiyor bosh
Tanzania Swahili Uwe Tayari! Uwe Tayari! Uwe Tayari
Thailand Thai จงเตรียมพร้อม Triam prom smer! Better to die than to lie Triam prom smer
Togo French Toujours Prêt! Toujours Prête! Toujours Prête
Tokelau Tokelauan please add Tokelauan language variant please add Tokelauan language variant
Tonga Tongan Toka mateuteu Toka mateuteu toka mateuteu
Trinidad and Tobago English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Tunisia Arabic كن مستعدين Daimen mostaed! Sois Prêt! Kun Musta'idan
Turkey Turkish Daima Hazır! Daima Hazırız!, İzci daima Hazırdır! Always Prepared Daima Hazır
Turkmenistan Turkmen Daima Hazır! Daima Hazırız! Будь готов Always Prepared Daima Hazır
Tuvalu Tuvaluan please add Tuvaluan language variant please add Tuvaluan language variant
Uganda Swahili Uwe Tayari! Uwe Tayari! Uwe Tayari
Ukraine Ukrainian Будь Готовий! Будь Готовий! СКОБ! an acronym for Сильно! Красно! Обережно! Бистро! With Strength! With Beauty! With Care! With Speed! Bud' Hotovyi, Skob
United Arab Emirates Arabic كن مستعدين Daimen mostaed! Kun Musta'idan
United Kingdom English Be Prepared Be Prepared
United States English Be Prepared Be Prepared
*Hawaii Hawaiian Hoomākaukau! Hoomākaukau! E ho’omakaukau
Uruguay Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Lista! Always Prepared Siempre Listo
Uzbekistan Uzbek Tayyor bo‘l, Тайёр бўл Tayyor bo‘l, Тайёр бўл Будь готов Tayor Bol
Vanuatu Bislama please add Bislama language variant please add Bislama language variant
Venezuela Spanish Siempre Listo! Siempre Listas! Always Prepared Siempre Listo
Vietnam Vietnamese Sắp Sẵn Sắp Sẵn Sắp Sẵn
Wallis and Futuna Fakauvea, Futunan please add Fakauvea and Futunan language variant please add Fakauvea and Futunan language variant
Western Sahara Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Yemen Arabic كن مستعدين Kun Musta'idan
Zambia English Be Prepared Be Prepared
Zimbabwe English Be Prepared Be Prepared
none, used by the Skolta Esperanto Ligo Esperanto Estu preta Estu preta Estu preta
none Interlingua Sempre Preste Sempre Preste Sempre Preste

Similar mottoes in other organizations

  • The motto of the Young Pioneers, Always Prepared in various national languages, the Pioneers having been created as an alternative in countries where Scouting was banned
  • The motto of the Jesuits, Estote Parati in Latin
  • The motto of the United States Coast Guard, Semper Paratus or ever ready.

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