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Scout Sunday 2017, Scout Sabbath 2017 and Scout Jumuah 2017: Everything you need to know

scout-sunday-2017-patchScout units and religious-based chartered organizations share a special bond that lasts all year.

But on certain days each year — namely Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah — we set aside time to celebrate a partnership that benefits all parties involved: the religious institution, Scouts, Scouters and the communities they serve.

On these important days, which are timed to fall near the Feb. 8 anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts give back in visible and meaningful ways.

In some units, that means simply wearing the full field uniform to worship services, where the worship leader presents religious awards to Scouts and Scouters. In others, the pack, troop, team or crew conducts a service project that benefits the religious organization.

How does your unit participate?

To get started, visit this BSA guide to Scout Sunday observancesthis BSA guide to Scout Sabbath services and this National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting guide to Scout Jumuah.

Then keep reading for your complete guide to Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah.

When is Scout Sunday this year?

There’s a short answer and a longer answer.

Short answer: It’s the Sunday before Feb. 8 — the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. That means this year, Scout Sunday is Feb. 5, 2017.

Longer answer: Each chartered organization can adopt any specific Sunday to celebrate. Officially, the BSA says a local church may celebrate “on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.”

In the United Methodist Church, for example, the second Sunday in February is set aside for Scout Sunday. That means this year it’s on Feb. 12, 2017.

Your best bet is to check with your chartered organization representative.

scout-shabbat-2017-patchWhat about Scout Sabbath?

Scout Sabbath — or Scout Shabbat — for Jewish Scout units, is always the Saturday after Scout Sunday. This year, it begins at sundown on Friday, Feb. 10 and continues into the next day.

Learn more about this special day here, and order the special 2017/5777 Scout Shabbat patch here.

NOTE: Though the National Jewish Committee on Scouting has designated Feb. 10-11 as Scout Sabbath this year, some councils or units will celebrate the occasion on other days. Check with your council or local Jewish Committee on Scouting to verify the date.

Scout JumuahWhat about Scout Jumuah?

Scout Jumuah offers a chance to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim community.

The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting has designated Feb. 10, 2017, to be Scout Jumuah. Units may adjust this date to best meet their needs.

Learn more here.

How can I celebrate Scout Sunday 2017, Scout Sabbath 2017 or Scout Jumuah 2017?

These come from our friends on the Scouting magazine Facebook page:

  • “Lowes UMC has asked us to hold an Eagle Ceremony during the church service for a very deserving young man. As Scoutmaster, I was unsure at first, but now I feel this a wonderful way to celebrate Scout Sunday and thank the church for their many years of support.” – Derick S.
  • “We’re celebrating our troop’s 75th anniversary! We’re having a dinner with all of our troop’s past Eagle Scouts and then celebrating eight new young men earning their Eagle Scout.” – Seth C.
  • “We have a member from the troop reading the Scout Law while members of the Webelos light an eagle that has 12 candles on it (one for each part of the law). I also have a guest speaker lined up that will talk about what Scouting means to them. Our service is usually really meaningful. I try to use as many of the Scouts in the service fromgreeters to readers to ushers to members of the color guard.” – Amy Q.
  • “All the boys in our troop and pack and their leaders are encouraged to attend services that day in their ‘Class A’ uniforms. The following week, photos taken of the Scouts with their clergy are published in the local paper.” Mary L.
  • “The youth in our pack, troop and crew will serve as greeters and gift bearers in Mass and then have an information booth at Coffee & Donuts.” – Linda C.
  • “Our church has invited Scoutmaster Brian Wallace (featured in Scouting magazine) to be our guest preacher at First United Methodist Church of Germantown.” – Ann P.
  • “My Scouts have earned their Light of Christ religious medal and they will be receiving it at church on Scout Sunday.” – Lorie T.
  • “We established a Scout Sunday service where we invite all Scouts — Boy, Girl, Cub, Venturer, Life (past and present). We collect food for our local food pantry, have special guest speakers such as local leaders and Eagle Scouts, show photo slideshows of Scouts in action, play videos, share refreshments, display awards and projects, and of course have a very special sermon. It’s a great event!” – MJ N.
  • “Our troop attends the first service on Sunday. Between the services we host a pancake breakfast for the parishioners. The Scouts serve and bus tables as needed.” – Heidi B.
  • “Being the only BSA member within 100 miles, I’ll wear my dress blazer with Catholic International Awareness medal and Silver Beaver to Mass at the chapel here in the mountains of México.” – Dean W.

Find more great responses here.

Where do I wear the patch?

In the temporary patch location: centered on the right pocket.

It may be sewn on, but your best bet is to use the attached loop and suspend the patch from the button.

Where can I get Scout Sunday 2017 “stuff”?

Visit your local Scout shop or ScoutStuff.org to grab these official items:

14 Comments on Scout Sunday 2017, Scout Sabbath 2017 and Scout Jumuah 2017: Everything you need to know

  1. Is there a Scout Jumu’ah or other day for individuals within the Muslim Scouting community to celebrate?

    • The best thing to do is consult the Imam of one’s mosque as to when scouts may participate in uniform, and how that participation may go about. Just like Christian or Jewish communities, these events and activities are decided locally

      • Sharmina Zaidi // February 15, 2017 at 11:39 am // Reply

        I know here in Dallas, MAS Youth is hosting a Scouting Jummah event. Try the MAS websites for more info.

    • From our council’s Muslim Scouting Committee:

      “…While not yet recognized by BSA, some Muslims celebrate Scout Jumuah. Jumuah is an Arabic term that means “assembly” or “congregation. It’s come to mean “Friday” and is also used to mention the Friday prayers that Muslims pray in a masjid, or mosque, on Friday afternoons.

      Scout Jumuah will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017, however every unit can still celebrate on another Friday that best suits them. For more information on Scout Jumuah and how you can obtain the Scout Jumuah patch, please visit http://www.muslimscouting.org/Scout-Jumuah/.”

  2. I think if you check with this organization http://islamiccouncilonscouting.com/index.htm They may have what you are looking for and/or facilitate an appropriate observance in the future?

  3. Don Schmidt // January 9, 2017 at 4:10 pm // Reply

    Sometimes, outside events (Super Bowl) can also decide the schedule.

  4. Great to kmow about our Scout Sunday. It will help all the concerned Scouts to renew our Promise part in particular part one. I call upon concerned Scouts to take an active role e.g taking the readings, collecting the offerings, animate the mass or service by singing in the choir, clean and dust the church int heir respective churches on that Sunday.

  5. missvickileaderpants // January 11, 2017 at 10:25 am // Reply

    Our sponsor is our church- so Scout Sunday is very special for us. During an ordinary service, the Pastor will dismiss that children for a Bible Study lesson where they do a craft of some sort with a Bible passage theme. Does anyone know of an appropriate bible passage that could be applied to Scout is Reverent that I could try to build a craft around?

    • Might try checking out the MacScouter’s “A Scout Is Reverent” page. It’s got tons of resources that you might find helpful! http://macscouter.com/ScoutsOwn/

      • missvickileaderpants // January 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm // Reply

        TY!

  6. Thanks for including Scout Jumuah!

  7. Nancy L. Rosiello // February 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm // Reply

    Given the diversity in Scouting, why does National Supply Group have patches and neckerchiefs which say only “Scout Sunday”? Not too many years ago I was able to purchase neckerchiefs from the Scout Shop which say “A Scout is Reverent”. This showed more diversity. Neckerchiefs and patches could be worn by a scout or scouter of any faith. As a District Religious Emblems Coordinator, I would like to see us go back to this.

  8. Tyheshia Smith-Kruck // February 5, 2017 at 12:18 am // Reply

    Our family practices Buddhism and my son will attend our Buddhist Organization’s monthly World Peace Prayer in his scout uniform to honor Scout Sunday. I have seen the BSA become more open to the changes in our society at the same time conserving the core beliefs upon which we raise our young men to be upstanding citizens.

  9. Delissa McMillen // February 20, 2017 at 7:22 pm // Reply

    Our family also worship on the Sabbath but we aren’t Jewish we are Seventh-day Adventist. My scouts have always been given the Jewish scout Sabbath patch and used it as a talking point about being Christians who celebrate the Sabbath on Friday to Saturday. One year our awards chair did find a Christian Scout Sabbath patch. This year no one can locate one. If anyone knows of a unit that has some can they contact me at Momof3sillyboys@gmail.com

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