Scouting SPICES

What are the ‘Spices’?

The Aim of Scouting Ireland is to encourage the Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual development of young people (hence ‘SPICES’).

Scouting Ireland identified 36 learning objectives to help them achieve this aim. Within the programme the objectives are made age appropriate.


Social – Having a sense of belonging to a group, through friendship and interaction. Developing an understanding of social issues in my communities and recognising my responsibilities to appreciate cultural diversities. Having Fun.


Physical – Understanding my body and my physical capabilities, while developing skills through appropriate physical challenges.



Intellectual – Having the ability to create ideas, leading to a plan of action and carrying it through to its conclusion using common sense. Being able to plan and analyse and take on board the consequences of my actions.



Character – Accepting myself and recognising my own potential for growth and what it is I can become. Developing myself in a manner consistent with a set of values and with mutual respect and understanding for others.


Emotional – Having the confidence and security to be aware of and express my emotions, and to understand and accept them. Learning how to deal with situations and people I meet everyday while having respect for other people’s emotions and being aware of the impact of my actions.


Spiritual – Having an understanding and acceptance of myself and my value as a unique human being, and having an equal acceptance of the values of others. Having respect for myself and others and the world in which we live. Having a sense of responsibility for my environment and my place in it. Developing my sense of a higher being and an expression and exploration of faith.

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