For some Scouting is a wonderful hobby, for others, it is their way of life. Combine a passion for Scouting with a passion for duty to God, and you have Scout Sunday.
The tradition of Scout Sunday began in 1914 as a way to come together with shared values and beliefs— to unify— and to celebrate the contributions of both young and adult to Scouting and to faith. To many, this is a day of celebration.
When is Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumah?
When is Scout Sunday?
The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8th, (the 8th being Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday.
This year, Scout Sunday officially falls on February 4th, 2018.
However, each chartered organization can decide which Sunday best accommodates their needs. For example, the United Methodist Church celebrates Scout Sunday on the second Sunday in February because the commemoration of Transfiguration Sunday falls on the first Sunday. Likewise, a local church may celebrate on a Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.
When is Scout Jumah?
For The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS), Masajid and other Islamic institutions that charter Scouts or who have Muslims in Scouting will celebrate Scout Jumah on February 9th, 2018. Again, adjustments can be made to accommodate local needs.
When is Scout Sabbath?
Scout Sabbath is the Saturday following Scout Sunday. That means Scout Sabbath is February 10th this year, though again, the date can be changed to accommodate local needs.
How to Celebrate Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumah
The Boy Scouts of America website has a suggested format for conducting your unit’s annual Scout Sunday observance. Here is the outline of how a Scout Sunday Service of Worship could be run:
- Call to Worship
- Responsive Reading
- The Scout Law
- On My Honor
- Hear Our Prayer
- Pastoral Prayer
- Offertory Prayer
- Scripture Reading
- Prayer of Dedication or Offertory
- Closing Hymn
Go to the Boy Scouts of America website to see more details about each part of the service, such as who should say and do what, how to say the prayers and offer the benedictions, a list of scriptures hymns, and more.
For Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath, or Scout Jumah the blog Cub Scout Ideas has some great ideas about how to incorporate and celebrate Scouting in any religious community:
- Wear your Scout uniform and sit together at the front of the church, synagogue, or mosque. If your unit is not sponsored by a faith-based organization, wear your uniform to your home church.
- Serve as ushers for the church and hand out church bulletins.
- Conduct a flag ceremony at the beginning of the service.
- Recite the Scout Oath and Law during the service.
- Lead a prayer.
- Serve as the liturgist.
- Collect the offering.
- Provide refreshments for the church members.
- Set up a Scouting display in the narthex or foyer.
- Ask members of the congregation who were Scouts to stand up. Then ask those who have served as a Scout leader to stand up.
- Formally present your unit’s charter to the church, synagogue, or mosque.
- Award any religious emblems that your Scouts have earned.
- Work on a service project for the church, synagogue, or mosque after the services have concluded.
- Hold your troop’s Court of Honor or your pack’s award ceremony immediately following the service.
- Hold a Scouting for Food food drive at the church, synagogue, or mosque.
For more great ideas to make the most of your Scout Sunday, see this article by Brian on Scouting.
Happy Scouting to everyone!