Through the celebrations known as Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah, Scouts can reflect on their faith and the 12th point of the Scout Law.
Any weekend in February is appropriate for reminding your Scouts to focus on reverence; however, many units choose to reflect on their faith on the nationally suggested day.
According to the BSA’s Calendar of Religious Observances, the three observances will fall on the same weekend this year. Scout Sunday will be Feb. 11; Scout Sabbath, the Jewish observance, will be Feb. 9 and 10; and Scout Jumuah, the Islamic observance, will be Feb. 8 and 9.
Every unit can celebrate these days as they choose — you can attend a worship service wearing a full field uniform, participate in a worship service or conduct a service project for a religious organization. Check with your local religious leaders before making any plans.
Scout Sunday patch
You can buy this year’s official Scout Sunday patch from the Scout Shop at scoutshop.org. The 2024 emblem features a stylized cathedral façade with arches and stained-glass windows. The 3-inch patch, which also features a fleur-de-lis and the words “Scout Sunday 2024,” can be worn by looping it onto your uniform chest pocket button.
Text for a Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath or Scout Jumuah program
The BSA has prepared this text you can add to a worship service program (digital or print) on the day of your congregation’s celebration. You are welcome to copy and paste — or adapt it however you’d like:
The Scouting program at (name of congregation) is more than just an activity for our youth to learn about the outdoors. Scouting provides fun, fellowship, and training to our youth as well as youth in our community. It emphasizes honesty, self-reliance, and respect. Through a year-round program, it affects character, citizenship, and personal fitness. But the success of our Scouting depends on our volunteers, who serve in a variety of leadership roles so that our young people may benefit from our Scouting ministry. As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its anniversary, we salute the splendid volunteers who serve as Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Sea Scout Skippers and Venturing Advisors, and in other positions of leadership. Our Scout unit(s) would like to invite you and your family to be a part of their program. (Unit contact person/information)
The BSA’s National Religious Relationships Committee has prepared this helpful Word document containing suggested services for an inter-religious celebration, an Islamic celebration, a Jewish celebration and a Christian celebration.
Scouts and unit leaders can pick one of the Scouting anniversary celebrations within or combine pieces in a way that works best for them. You’ll find a suggested program that includes prayers, poems, songs, worship messages, sermons, scripture readings and much more.
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