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The Boy Scouts of America celebrate annually in the month of February the Anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scout program by Lord [[Robert Baden-Powell]] in England. Scout Sunday was added to the scout celebration around the middle 1940s. Scouting's anniversary is celebrated on February 8. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding the 8th, unless the 8th is a Sunday, in which case the 8th would be Scout Sunday. The Saturday following February 8th is [[Scout Sabbath]].
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The [[Boy Scouts of America]] designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 as [[Scout Sunday]]. However, a [[chartered organization]] or local religious organization may choose to celebrate on another day.
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Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in church aware of Scouting, and to allow Scouts to live out parts of what is pledged each week.
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The Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February so as to not conflict with Communion Sunday. In the the Jewish faith, Scout Sabbath is celebrated on the Saturday after February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day.
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February 8, 1910 was the founding of the Boy Scouts of America by [[W. D. Boyce]] and the first [[Scout Sunday]] was in 1914. See [[Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights]] for more.
The [[Scout Law]] says that a "Scout is Reverent" and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God". These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.
The [[Scout Law]] says that a "Scout is Reverent" and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God". These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.
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An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.
 
==See Also==
==See Also==
*[[Religious Emblems]]
*[[Religious Emblems]]
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*[[Declaration of Religious Principles]]
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==External Links==
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt.aspx Scout Sunday] - official BSA materials and links
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/factsheets/02-545.aspx Scouting in Protestant Churches]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss04.aspx The Scout Law with references to the Bible]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/Relationships/ReligiousCalendar.aspx BSA Religious Calendar]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/Media/Relationships/ScoutSabbathServices.aspx Scout Sabbath]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/manualforchaplainsandaides.aspx Manual for Chaplain Aides and Chaplains] with a sample Scout funeral.

Revision as of 03:36, February 16, 2009

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 as Scout Sunday. However, a chartered organization or local religious organization may choose to celebrate on another day.

The Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February so as to not conflict with Communion Sunday. In the the Jewish faith, Scout Sabbath is celebrated on the Saturday after February 8, Scouting Anniversary Day.

February 8, 1910 was the founding of the Boy Scouts of America by W. D. Boyce and the first Scout Sunday was in 1914. See Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights for more.

The Scout Law says that a "Scout is Reverent" and the Scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God". These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.


See Also

External Links

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