The Scout Oath currently requires new scouts to pledge a “duty to god”.

There are already different versions of the Scout Promise for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, but a new consultation is to be held in order to determine whether or not to introduce a further version for those of the atheist persuasion.

“We encourage people to think about The Promise when they are taking it, it is more than set of words,” Scout Leader Matt Mills said to BBC Breakfast this morning.

“Young people should understand what lies behind the promise and  it is important we give the opportunity to young people who might feel unable to take the promise at this point.

“An important part of our work is encouraging young people to explore their own faith and other faiths and beliefs and different attitudes.”