Guide to Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah

The calendar says 2018, which means it’s time to start thinking about Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah.

Scheduled in close proximity to the BSA’s birthday on Feb. 8, these three days celebrate the connection between Scouting and our faith-based chartered partners.

Some Scouts and leaders will honor these days by wearing the full field uniform to worship services. In other units, a worship leader presents religious awards to recipients.

In still others, the pack, troop, crew or ship conducts a service project that benefits the religious organization.

How does your unit participate? Share your ideas in the comments, and read on for a complete guide to Scout Sunday 2018, Scout Sabbath 2018 and Scout Jumuah 2018.

When is Scout Sunday 2018?

Scout Sunday is Feb. 4, 2018.

How did I know that? Scout Sunday is always held on the Sunday before the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8.

(The only exception: when Feb. 8 falls on a Sunday, as happened in 2015. In that case, Scout Sunday and the BSA’s birthday were both celebrated on Feb. 8.)

Though Feb. 4 is the official day for Scout Sunday 2018, each chartered organization may adopt any specific Sunday to celebrate. 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 what the church calls Scouting Sunday. This year that’s Feb. 11.

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

When is Scout Sabbath 2018?

Scout Sabbath is Feb. 9 and 10, 2018.

Scout Sabbath — also called Scout Shabbat — for Jewish Scout units, is always the Saturday after Scout Sunday. This year, it begins at sundown on Friday, Feb. 9, and continues into the next day.

To learn more about this special day and order materials, see this page from the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

NOTE: Though the National Jewish Committee on Scouting has designated Feb. 9-10 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 JumuahWhen is Scout Jumuah 2018?

Scout Jumuah is Feb. 9, 2018.

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. 9, 2018, to be Scout Jumuah. Units may adjust this date to best meet their needs.

Find Scout Jumuah program ideas on this page from the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting.

12 ways to celebrate Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and/or Scout Jumuah

  1. Wear your Scout uniform to worship services.
  2. Present religious emblems to Scouts, leaders and Venturers who have earned them in the past year.
  3. Recruit several Scouts or Scouters to read passages from religious text.
  4. Involve uniformed Scouts as greeters, ushers, gift bearers or the color guard.
  5. Invite a Scout or Scouter to serve as a guest speaker or deliver the sermon.
  6. Hold an Eagle Scout court of honor during the worship service.
  7. Host a pancake breakfast before, between or after services.
  8. Collect food for a local food pantry.
  9. Light a series of 12 candles while briefly explaining the points of the Scout Law.
  10. Show a video or photo slideshow of highlights from the pack, troop, crew or ship’s past year.
  11. Bake (or buy) doughnuts to share before services.
  12. Make a soft recruiting play by setting up a table near the entrance to answer questions about your Scout unit.

Where do I wear the Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath or Scout Jumuah patch?

Wear it in the temporary patch location: centered on the right pocket.

Where can I get Scout Sunday 2018 stuff?

Visit your local Scout Shop or use the the links below:

21 Comments

  1. Cool patch this year!

    On a side note, why does BSA make patches that are nearly impossible to sew? The scouting for food and Scout Sunday patches are thin on fabric and thick on plastic. Even merit badges now have that thick layer of plastic on the back. How are scouts supposed to learn how to sew when their small hands cannot push a needle through that material?

    • Who sews the temporary patches on their uniform? I’m putting this in the square patch holder (99 cents at the Scout Shop) and hanging it from my pocket button.

      Many patches nowadays even come with the hanging loop already sewn on so all you have to do is hang it off the pocket flap button.

      I sew all my own patches but never the temporary patch; I change it out too often.

      • Cub scouts often make patch vests as part of their den activities. My son has a blanket that we sew his patches onto. Even the merit badges are getting difficult to sew, and most scouts have a merit badge sash. I like to encourage the scouts to do their own sewing, but as I mentioned many are nearly impossible to sew because of the plastic backing hat is now being used.

      • Patch holders. Hanger loops.
        Here’s another idea: Bend a paper clip appropriately to fit over the pocket button, and sandwich it between TWO similar shaped/sized patches and glue them together. Presto! A choice of display! Paper clip holds the patches flat against pocket, no twisting in the wind.

    • It’s an attempt to stop “illegal copying of patches”. With the increasing drop in price of both scanners and embroiderers, you can now copy and make your own patches for less than a $1000 investment. They may not be perfect copies, but they’ll be close enough and most people don’t have every patch memorized well enough to spot even a bad copy.

      So the idea is that if it has that holographic bit of plastic on the back, then it must be a real authorized patch. BSA is pushing the idea that all real authorized patches will have that holographic thing on the back. Holographic stickers are pretty cheap, but since it has the BSA logo it’ll slow people down because a lot of companies will ask for proof of licensing before printing stickers with logos.

      Anyway, that’s why. It’s part of the ever increasing war between scammers and people with real patches.

  2. Just a reminder, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called LDS or Mormons) has this to say on the topic:

    “February has traditionally been designated as Scouting Month in the United States. Leaders of Scouting units chartered by the Church may plan and carry out approved activities to recognize this tradition. However, in keeping with the purposes of Sabbath observance, boys and leaders do not wear their uniforms to regular Sunday meetings or while administering and passing the sacrament.”

  3. Scout Sunday appears to be a hold over from the old days when Christian Charter organizations were dominant in the BSA, and others though always considered equally, were treated more as an after thought by those less familiar with their customs. Just was the BSA has only recently broken old barriers in other areas of importance, why not take this opportunity to break another barrier by renaming Scout Sunday to “Scout Reverence”? By doing this now, it would act to clarify that whatever faith a Scout practices, we all respect them equally. We recognize that each Scout, each unit, and each Chartered Partner will choose to celebrate this day in their own way on the day of their choosing. Just do it! And please also recognize (as most already seem to do) that wearing your Scout uniform in public is the only way to prevent Scouting from being an invisible organization in the minds of the general public. Be proud of the BSA.

  4. Our Charter Organization, Scouting for Jesus Christ Ministry, holds a worship service and youth lead church service with the Pack and Troop. Each Den in the Pack comes up with a presentation for the event. The Troop leads the main part of the service. A speaker leads the Bible lesson, while the Scouts all have some kind of presentation during the worship part of the service. Our 150+ Scout family, gathers together at our privately owned camp and after the service we have a huge meal. Scout Sunday is a huge celebration for our Troop and Pack.

  5. Sam Houston Area Council has it on their web page as February 11th even though they provide this explanation “The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day.”

    Troop had it on the calendar as the 11th based on SHAC website for the past year. In the future the troop will plan on the correct day of the Sunday prior to February 8th or on February 8th.

    • National had it on its religious calendar of dates also on the 11th this year and not listed on the 4th up until just recently because I just checked again and now it’s listed on both the 4th and 11th. I think this may be where a lot of the confusion is coming from.

  6. On a typical Scout Sunday, our Troop participates in the worship service (our CO is a United Methodist Church) and we also prepare and serve a spaghetti dinner after church. We also run a congregation-wide pinewood derby, which everyone seems to enjoy. It’s also a great recruiting opportunity for the young boys (and now girls) in the congregation. This has been a great tradition.

    While Feb 4 is Scout Sunday for almost all denominations, there are a couple, including the United Methodist Church, whose official Scout Sunday is the Sunday after the 8th.

  7. I, too, wonder about Scout Reverence observations for the non-monotheistic faiths. With all the push toward earning religious emblems, BSA should encourage and promote “A Scout is reverant” activities of all faiths.

    In my experience, Jewish Scout Shabbat observance has been done on a community wide basis rather than a chartered organization basis. This brings Jewish (and often non-Jewish) scouts from multiple units together in fellowship and reverence.

    • It’s not up to the BSA to form a special day for religions it knows nothing about. Scout Sundays exist because Christians made the effort to incorporate scouts into their worship in honor of scouting’s anniversary. Same for Jews and their Shabbot, and Muslims and their Jummah.

      If your religion feels has a special day or season to offer its scouts, please do recommend to your religious leaders ways to make it happen.

  8. Our Troop and Pack participate in the worship services and the Pack cooks a Pancake Breakfast for the congregation. The breakfast is provided as a thank you to the CO and not a fundraiser.

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