On February 8, America will have achieved the blessings of 107 years of Scouting for our youth.
The Scouting program has always included faith and duty to God as basic tenets. These are recited in The Scout oath: “I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country” and in The Scout Law: “a Scout is Reverent”.
Every year, we celebrate this milestone on Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath.
The challenge: This year, make Scouting visible in your place of worship.
Every Scout and Scouter in Packs, Troops, and Crews
Scout Sunday: Feb. 5, 2017
Scout Sabbath: Feb. 11, 2017
Each Scout’s place of worship
A. At a minimum: Wear your Field Uniform (Class A) and attend a service at your place of worship
An individual commitment to show up in uniform.
B. Step it up:
Do “A” AND
Have an announcement before the service or during the service to recognize 107 years of Scouting in the United States.
Have the faith leader ask all current and past members of the Scouting organization to stand.
Recognize all Eagle Scouts present as having demonstrated their duty to God throughout their rank advancements.
An advance request of the place of worship to accommodate the announcement
C. Step it up a little more:
Do “A” and “B” AND
Reach out to the community through a bulletin announcement to alert them of anniversary of Scouting.
Ask community members to attend and current Scouts wear their uniforms
It is fine to reach out to Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls, as well, since there are common roots.
A 2-3 week advance request and a little blurb for the bulletin
D. Step it up even more:
Do “A,” “B,” and “C” AND
Involve Scouts in the service as greeters, handing out bulletins, passing collection baskets, being recognized for religious emblem awards and religious patches earned, hosting donuts after services, etc. Be creative!
A 2-3 week advance request and will require more info to be posted in the bulletin.
Finally, Take PICTURES!
Tell us what you did: A, B, C, or D, with a few specifics in a brief paragraph (3-4 sentences) and send pictures to:
Linda Shepard – OC Religious Emblem Coordinator at Linda92shep@gmail.com
And / Or Marty Cutrone – OC Director of Strategic Alliances at MartyC@OCBSA.org
PRE-Service SCREEN ANNOUNCEMENT
A “Scout is Reverent.” Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God.” Today we celebrate Scout Sunday – the founding of the Scouts in the United States.
This is an example of what can be read at the service:
Today we are celebrating Scout Sunday. Scout Sunday is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States. On this special day Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the services.
In the United States, Scouting is incorporated by churches, synagogues, and many other religious organizations as part of their youth ministries. Approximately 50 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to religious groups. These observances offer an opportunity for congregations to honor Scouts and Scouters as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program.
Part of the Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and that Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God”. These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith. Scout Sunday is a day for entire congregations to share in the Scouting family.