Growing up in Scouting, Scout Sunday was always a big deal at my church—it kicked off a month long celebration centered around the Boy Scouts of America’s founding anniversary day, February 8, 1910. Imagine our 48 Scouts in uniform at church. Imagine, a week later, more than 100 people at our Blue and Gold Banquet and twice that many for the annual February Court of Honor and recognition dinner. It was good times for a kid like me.
BSA designates the Sunday before Anniversary Day, February 8 as Scout Sunday, but Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah are also important days of observance near that date.
However, BSA says any “organization can also adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. For instance, in the United Methodist Church Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the church leadership and congregation.”
Scout units are urged to participate in the religious services. Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah are important opportunities for units to attend services in uniform, conduct a flag ceremony, speak about Scouting, present religious awards and/or formally thank the chartering organization for their support throughout the year. You can use the opportunity to participate in the service such as offering prayer. Consider having an informational table in the foyer or hospitality area to share the good news of how, “A Scout is Reverent”.
Resources to Use When Planning a Scout Sunday Observance
- Call to Worship
- Responsive Reading
- Pastoral Prayer
- Offertory Prayer
- Scripture Reading
- Prayer of Dedication or Offertory
- Closing Hymn
- Suggested Worship Aids for Scout Sunday Service (hymns)
- Scouter Prayer (prayer)
- A Psalm for Scouts and Scouters
- The Guy in the Glass (prayer)
- Program Covers and Inserts
- Bringing Youth to Christ Through a Scouting Ministry (newsletter article)
- Scout Sunday Program Cover, Information Insert and 2017 Emblem
Director of National Alliances Lee Shaw said, “From the Scout’s perspective, in the Scout Oath and Law, one of the first things emphasized is God.”
He continued, “Religious institutions charter over 73% of Scout units throughout the country.” In fact, Scouting reported a modest increase in faith-based Scouting partners last year.
According to BSA, “Shaw and his team work with faith-based charter organizations to help identify how these organizations can highlight God in the units they host and serve. He emphasizes the importance of the BSA’s continuing mission to support Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell’s focus on God in Scouting. In an effort to continue to highlight the twelfth point of the Scout Law, a new national adult award has been established – ‘The Duty to God Award.’ It was developed to recognize individuals who have displayed unshakable faith and a deep commitment to God.”
How is your unit celebrating this month? Share your stories in the comments below!