Scout Sunday

February 1, 2009

The 12th point of the Scout Law is ‘A Scout is Reverent’.  “He is reverent toward God.  He is faithful in his religious duties.  He respects the beliefs of others.”

Scout Sunday falls on the first day of February this year.  Boy Scouts of America celebrate Scout Week the week of 8 February–the anniversary of the founding of Scouting in the United States.  We observe Scout Sunday on the Sunday before 8 Feb, although some churches such as United Methodist and Presbyterian (USA) observe Scout Sunday on the second Sunday in February, at the end of Scout Week this year.

Scout Sunday is an opportunity for Scouts to demonstrate their commitment to their faith and community.  BSA suggests that Scout Sunday is also “the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting.”  For example, this is a great time to present recognition for Scouts earning the PRAY religious emblems.  Many Cub Scout packs hold their Blue & Gold Banquet in February, also in celebration of a long tradition of Scouting in America and around the world.

From Keep It Simple Make It Fun blog

Our Council gives Scouts an opportunity to earn recognition for participating in 2009 Scout Anniversary Week.  Requirements paraphrased include:

  1. Attend Scout Sunday or Sabbath in uniform.  (Preferably at your charter organization if your unit is sponsored by a religious group)
  2. Do two of the following

a. Help promote Scouting, set up a window display or poster.
b. Wear your uniform to school on your meeting day.
c. Participate in a service project at least one hour.
d. Bring a friend to a Pack, Den, Troop or Crew meeting.
e. Write an article for the newspaper or letter to the editor.

How am I observing Scout Sunday?  I’ll be taking the family to a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Troop next door.  My 13th point of the Scout Law: A Scout is Always Hungry!


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