The purpose of this Code of Ethics (Co.E) is to ensure that everyone who contributes or participates in any way to Kander 100 is treated with respect, dignity, and equality, without prejudice or discrimination.
Correlation with the Sustainable Development Goals
This CoE responds to two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Context in Scouting
Scouting is based on a system of values and ethics. Our founder, Robert Baden-Powell (BP), wanted us all to be equal. For example:
- We wear a uniform so that there are no social class differences between us.
- Scouting and Guiding are for everyone equally, regardless of faith, race, or nationality.
This was quite radical in the early 20th century because class differences were very evident, there was no equality between men and women and there was a lot of racial and religious prejudice.
Thus, B.P. incorporated equality into our Movement. Whichever national version of the Scout Law we obey, we promise to respect ourselves and others and treat other Scouts as brothers and sisters in a global family. We promise to be a friend to others and that they can trust us.
Why have a Code of Ethics?
If ethics are embedded in Scouting, why does Kander 100 need a CoE?
We live in a world where ethics remain an ideal that is not always achieved, even amongst Scouts. Different countries have different cultures and attitudes towards equality. Have different laws and customs. Even where laws protect people from specific actions, some people do not respect them or violate them.
Thus, it is needed to become clear to everyone that BP’s vision of Scouting being a movement of values and ethics, it’s a norm in KISC.
What does this mean in practice?
Code of Ethics is that:
- Every Scout, of any age group, should be treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of personal characteristics and social, racial, religious, or ethnic background.
- Every Scout should have equal opportunities to participate in all aspects of Kander 100, provided that their personal safety is guaranteed.
- No one in Kander 100 shall be allowed to discriminate against or express prejudice against any other person because of their personal characteristics and social, racial, religious, or ethnic background.
This means that:
- No sexism.
- No racism.
- No ageism.
- No anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other religious prejudice.
- No homophobia or transphobia.
- No discrimination against people with disabilities or mental illness.
- No discrimination based on social class.
To ensure that a Code of Ethics is followed, it is accompanied by a Code of Conduct.
Adult Participants Code of Conduct
As a participant and a Scout at Kander 100, I agree to obey all Swiss Laws as well as the following Code of Conduct:
- I will follow Scout Law at all times.
- I will comply with all elements of the Safe from Harm Programme to ensure a safe event.
- I will wear my Kander 100 neckerchief and ID at all times unless you are advised otherwise for safety reasons.
- When traveling to/from Kander 100 I am aware that I represent the Scout Movement. When off-site for a programme I will be respectful of local people.
- I will respect other people’s property. If I didn’t bring it or buy it, then I leave it alone.
- I will comply with all access restrictions. I will not enter tents or sites unless I am invited to do so.
- I am aware that purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs is prohibited in Kander 100. Only in dedicated spaces, alcoholic beverages will be sold for adults (18+) during the event.
- I am aware that smoking is only permitted in marked areas and not allowed in tents. (legal age is 18 years or older).
- I may swap badges. Badge swapping between adults and participants is not permitted. I may not sell anything.
- I will be mindful of and respect quiet/ sleep hours, when people are asleep, especially from 22:30 to 7:00.
- I will use my reusable water bottle. I will do my best to minimize rubbish and be considerate when using showers and lavatories.
Violation of this Code of Conduct, and any other conduct deemed to be inconsistent with the values of Scouting, may result in expulsion from Kander 100 at the participant’s own expense.
It is mandatory that all adults attending Kander 100 complete detailed training (Safe from Harm) on how to keep young people safe. If you have any concerns, you should feel safe talking to your unit leader or another adult. Additionally, there will be Listening Ear Team, Medical, Safe from Harm Team, and others who are trained to help resolve issues. YOU are the most important part of Kander 100!