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The Emoji Scout Law

By Bryan Wursten

The word โ€œemojiโ€ means โ€œpicture letterโ€ in Japanese, and emoji have become a popular way to communicate in texting or social media. These small images or icons are often used to quickly express an idea or emotion.


Here at Scout Life, weโ€™re all about communicating, so we searched through all the standard emoji and nominated icons that we thought could illustrate each point of the Scout Law. Then we asked our readers to vote.

Here are the results of the voting:

A Scout is ๐Ÿ”

Trustworthy: A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿ” โŒš๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ” with 75% of the vote

Your Comments: “As much as I like how elephants remember n’ stuff, I think that the lock and key means that you are trusting someone with something important.”

“As an Eagle Scout, I think of trustworthy as keeping something secure, like money being locked away in a bank vault. I know that it is safe and secure and can trust that it is.”

“If you are trustworthy, you keep your word just like a lock keeps things safe.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿถ

Loyal: A Scout is loyal to those to whom loyalty is due.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿ‘‘ ๐Ÿ™Š

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿถ with 82% of the vote

Your Comments: “I chose this emoji because dogs are extremely loyal! Have you ever had a pet dog? If you did, then you know that they are loyal to the very end!”

“Dogs are a well-known symbol of loyalty. A crown is royalty, not loyalty. I don’t even know what’s with the monkey.”

“Because dogs will always be by your side!”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ”จ

Helpful: A Scout cares about other people. He helps others without expecting payment or reward. He fulfills his duties to his family by helping at home.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿ”ง ๐Ÿ”จ ๐Ÿด

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ”จ with 58% of the vote

Your Comments: “You fix quite a lot of things with a hammer.”

“Scouts use hammers a lot … to put up tents, to repair stuff, etc.”

“The ‘Hammer’ implies hard work. A scout ought to be willing to help a neighbor, family member or friend when need be.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ‘‹

Friendly: A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers friendship to people of all races, religions, and nations, and he respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.


Emoji Nominations: ๐ŸŽˆ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿ‘‹

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ‘‹ with 69% of the vote

Your Comments: “A waving hand clearly shows friendliness. Dolphins are friendly, but did you know killer whales are related to dolphins? And they aren’t trustworthy at all. I went to Sea World once, and I was scared. Those killer whales are scary. And what the heck is with the balloon?!?”

“Waving your hand is an easy gesture and a nice one.”

“Befriending someone is often started by the wave of a hand.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿšธ

Courteous: A Scout is polite to people of all ages and positions. He understands that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿšฎ ๐Ÿšธ ๐Ÿด

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿšธ with 55% of the vote

Your Comments: “Courtesy extends beyond helping old ladies across the street, it should encompass a lifestyle of looking for the little things that need to be handled and put where they belong. Whether that is a piece of trash on the street or helping that little old lady to the other side of the street.”

“One of the things Scouts are known for.”

“Courtesy to allow another to cross safely shows respect and concern, traits of courteous people.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ’

Kind: A Scout treats others as he wants to be treated. He knows there is strength in being gentle. He does not harm or kill any living thing without good reason.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿ‘ต โ˜”๏ธ ๐Ÿ’

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ’ with 62% of the vote

Your Comments: “Giving flowers is kind.”

“People bring others flowers to show they care when someone is hurt, sick, or just likes the other person.”

“Grandma is always kind, but the flowers are also a very nice way of being kind as well.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ•

Obedient: A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he seeks to have them changed in an orderly way.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿ• ๐ŸŽฏ ๐Ÿšฆ

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ• with 53% of the vote

Your Comments: “Dogs listen to their owners and obey.”

“A well-trained dog is obedient, as is a well-trained Scout.”

“Dogs can be very obedient.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ˜€

Cheerful: A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way and tries his best to make others happy, too.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿ˜ธ

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ˜€ with 84% of the vote

Your Comments: “When u smile, you are happy and cheerful.”

“Because a Scout should keep a positive attitude, even when times are tough.”

“Put a smile on your face and it will rub off on others. Look around at what others are going through and you may not have it so bad.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ’ต

Thrifty: A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He is careful in his use of time, money, and property.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿ’ต โ™ป๏ธ ๐Ÿ

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ’ต with 47% of the vote

Your Comments: “Save money!”

“Thrifty can bee much more than money.”

“Thrifty is all about saving money, and if you recycle/reuse things, you will save money and that is being thrifty.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ‘ฎ

Brave: A Scout faces danger even if he is afraid. He does the right thing even when doing the wrong thing or doing nothing would be easier.


Emoji Nominations: ๐ŸŽข ๐Ÿš’ ๐Ÿ‘ฎ

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ‘ฎ with 43% of the vote

Your Comments: “Risks his life to help others.”

“Police officers leave their families every day, not knowing if they will return. Running toward the gunfire is bravery itself.”

“Being brave is often ignored as just part of people’s jobs. Some of the bravest risk life daily to keep others safe.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿšฟ

Clean: A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses friends who also live by high standards. He avoids profanity and pornography. He helps keep his home and community clean.


Emoji Nominations: ๐Ÿšฟ ๐Ÿ›€ ๐Ÿˆ

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿšฟ with 68% of the vote

Your Comments: “After a day of working outside and camping, a shower is the greatest feeling of being clean.”

“Because ‘A Scout is Clean’ refers to both inward and outward purity and cleanliness.”

“Nothing says clean like a shower.”

A Scout is ๐Ÿ™

Reverent: A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.


Emoji Nominations: โ›ช๏ธ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ”ฏ

Emoji Winner: ๐Ÿ™ with 69% of the vote

Your Comments: “Because Scouting welcomes all religions, praying hands are a pretty universal symbol for worship, prayer, and thanksgiving.”

“Because it represents being reverent to more than just religion, it represents being reverent to ALL things.”

“Praying is the most powerful thing you can do.”

37 Comments on The Emoji Scout Law

  1. My son is teaching the Signs Signals and Codes merit badge at camp this summer. Is it OK to print this article as a teaching aide? (We do subscribe to Boys Life, but I don’t think that we still have this issue.)

  2. I appreciate the image of a police officer to represent bravery; my Eagle Scout son is one!

  3. destroyerking108 // January 4, 2019 at 5:15 pm // Reply

    I think this is a fun and easy way to learn and memorize the Scout law.I love it!!!!!

  4. I think it’s great, except that the “Friendly” hand looks like it just let go of the “Helpful” hammer and that it’s about to hit the “Loyal” dog right in the noggin. Ouch! Good thing we know First Aid!

  5. Absolutely, Positively,Awesome !!.

  6. Loved it

  7. I loved the emoji law you guys have to do the emoji scout slogan

  8. Very clever, useful, and a “sign” of the times.

    A scouters Grandma

  9. scoutmom1234 // July 11, 2017 at 9:35 pm // Reply

    Funny Idea. Will defanently use this at meetings.

  10. Love it!

  11. This would be fun for the boys at one of the den meetings

  12. Anonymous // June 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm // Reply

    That is so cute I like it

  13. spaceguy // May 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm // Reply


  14. spaceguy // May 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm // Reply

    this is cute!!!!!!!!!

  15. I love the emojis. I am with a troop comprised of individuals with developmental delays (special needs). They’ve been trying to memorize the scout laws for some time now. They’ve had a trying time with it. When they do get them, they often say them out of order. Perhaps having an image along with the law will help them remember them better. Thank you for providing a helpful teaching tool.

  16. DWMCFan Productions (YouTube) // March 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm // Reply

    It took me a minute to figure it out. lol

  17. I think this is right, I’m not sure because I’m not a Boy Scout but Ithink this is correct.

  18. texas_scout // March 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm // Reply

    Cool, i agree with all the choices.

  19. I like this! My choices would be the same!

  20. PRO GUY(BZ) // March 11, 2017 at 5:37 pm // Reply


  21. Juggernaut953 // March 10, 2017 at 6:43 am // Reply

    I thought that “a scout is brave” should have been the fire-fighter

  22. The Boy Scouts: one of the last uncorrupted organizations on Earth.

    • T400 Boy Scout // May 9, 2017 at 10:20 am // Reply

      I agree, and I pray that the Boy Scouts restore their moral beliefs that they have had in the past.

  23. wow!!

  24. EpicMinecrafter // February 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm // Reply

    Taking a shower is the best thing you can do to stay clean.

  25. I do not like this.

  26. that was neat idea

  27. I like the results

  28. Nice!

  29. Are these Emojis downloadable?

  30. Gopher. (Where's Petro?) // February 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm // Reply

    I am speechless. ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•

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