Scout Sunday

 SCOUT SUNDAY – “A Scout is Reverent” - “Duty to God”

The Boy Scouts of America annually celebrates its founding on February 8, 1910, based on the program started by Lord Baden Powell in England on August 1, 1907. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding February 8th, and was a tradition started to make people in houses of worship aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out their "Duty to God" pledge each week. Scout Law values like "A Scout is Reverent" strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.

Every Scout Program, especially those chartered to a religious institution, are encouraged to have a Scouting presence on Scout Sunday. Keep in mind, a religious organization has the option of celebrating Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath at its discretion. For example, the United Methodist Church always celebrates Scout Sunday on the second Sunday in February. Whether your organization or Scout group has planned or has time to plan for Scout Sunday, please make sure that our Scout’s “Duty to God” and the value of “A Scout is Reverent” is alive and well in your Scouting program. Work to within all of our religious institutions that charter our programs to not “just meet there”, but rather show you are a part of the fabric of the organization and are seen as a viable option for programming and participation for their families.

So what does your presence look like whether it is during a Scout Sunday observance or at some other time? The possibilities are many, but you will need to work with the individual organization and coordinate. Your participation could be in the form of a display table, passing out programs, or simply wearing your uniforms and sitting together at a service. One of your adults, or better yet, one of your Scouts (Chaplain or Aides) can say a prayer during the service. Have adults and youth in uniform serve as greeters and ushers for the day. Coordinate an open house event where you can promote a day to families and other youth to come see what your program does and has to offer with hands on activities for the kids. Host a reception before or after service with refreshments and some “campsite or camp like” treats. Conduct an awards ceremony presenting or acknowledging every Scout and Adult that have earned Religious Emblems and Awards in the past year. Coordinate a service activity either for the organization or a food drive benefitting their pantry or a local food pantry.

These are just some of the many ideas your program can do for a Scout Sunday observance or working with your religious organizations/chartered partners to have more of a presence in 2016. We would like to hear or see specific programs or ideas your Scouting program has implemented this year to show “A Scout is Reverent” or “Duty to God”. Please email or better yet send pictures and a description to David Sikes at dsikes@bsamail.org

For more helpful tips and tricks, please consult the General Resource Guide!

Or check out our helpful Planning Guide!

Or for a resource guide from the National Catholic Committee!

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