“In Scouting, you get a chance to apply the religion. We, as Muslim Scout leaders, can observe Scouts’ behavior and then guide them according to both Muslim principles and Scouting principles. We can say “a Scout is trustworthy,” and then in the next moment we can mention the verse in the Koran that says: “O ye that believe! Betray not the trust of God and the Messenger, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you” (8:27).” Abdul-Rashid Abdullah
According to Scouting in the Islamic Community “Scouting serves an important role in the Islamic community. Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews operated by Islamic organizations can be found in major cities throughout the United States.”
The FAQ sheet goes on: “In 1982, the National Islamic Committee on Scouting (NICS) was formed by a group of concerned Muslims who represented many national Muslim organizations. Primarily, the NICS is responsible for formulating policies that govern the formation of Scouting in Islamic organizations and for guiding their cooperation with the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The NICS also establishes policies affecting the participation of Muslim men and women in Scouting through Islamic centers and mosques and advises the BSA National Council in all matters relating to Scouting among Muslims”
Scouting in your Islamic Center / Masjid
How to Start a Scout Unit?
Is your organization looking for a way to provide wholesome, educational activities for youth in your community? Scouting offers an array of programs that include outdoor experiences, advancement, recognition, and values. Learn how your Islamic School, Community Organization, or can benefit from starting a Scouting unit.
Unit leaders are chosen by the Muslim organization that organizes the unit. The local council assists the Muslim organization in recruiting and training the leadership.
The list below will get you started:
- The New-Unit Organization Process This publication details each of the 12 steps in organizing a new Scouting unit.
- Local Council Locator The Boy Scouts of America provides quality youth programs through over 300 local councils that directly support organizations that operate Scouting units. Use this locator to obtain contact information for the local council service center in your area.
- BSA at a Glance The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.
- Letters of Endorsement Use your organization’s letter to help strengthen support for Scouting within your local membership.
- New Unit Resource Kits Each of these kits contains step-by-step instructions and resource materials for organizing a new unit with a specific organization.
- What is Cub Scouting? Cub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade (or 7, 8, 9, and 10 years of age).
- What is Boy Scouting? Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 17 years old. The program achieves the BSA’s objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness.
- What Is Venturing? Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age.
- William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award The William D. Boyce New-Unit Organizer Award is presented to recognize volunteers who organize one or more traditional Scouting units
Scouting serves an important role in the Islamic community. Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews operated by Islamic organizations can be found in major cities throughout the United States.