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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 [[Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights|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.
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==Scout Sunday/Sabbath Timeline==
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Steps for a successful Scout Sunday/Sabbath
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Suggested Time Line
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*Set date of observance with Unit Leaders, planning committees, other organizations and sponsors of Scouting.
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*Begin planning meetings 3 months prior to Scout Sunday/Sabbath.
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*Submit announcements in the bulletin 2 months before Scout Sunday/Sabbath.
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*Three weeks before Scout Sunday announce in the bulletin the need for youth and adult support through their attendance. Reconfirm the details with all contact members.
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*Rehearse with all participants the day before the event.
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*Scout Sunday - assemble 30 minutes or more before the service, set up displays and secure all final coordination.
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*Reflect on the Scriptures and Scouting Connections.
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Pre-plan:
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*Planning Scout Sunday/Sabbath activities, an overview of the recommended planning activities.
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*Secure approval from the church.
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*Work with planning committee.
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*Music (Based on the readings and the season)
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*Calendar event and pre-meetings.
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*"Advertise" - Scout Uniforms (Shirt, Pants, and/or Hats), recognitions to be presented, Charter Presentation
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*Role of the Scout/Scouter; Greeters, Ushers, Servers
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==Scout Sunday Observance==
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:''This is a sample format for your unit's annual Scout Sunday observance from [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt.aspx Scout Sunday]:
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[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss02.aspx Suggested Scout Sunday Service of Worship] (outline)
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss03.aspx Call to Worship]'''
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* Responsive Reading
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss04.aspx The Scout Law]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss05.aspx On My Honor]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss06.aspx Hear Our Prayer]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss07.aspx Pastoral Prayer]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss08.aspx Offertory Prayer]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss09.aspx Scripture Reading]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss10.aspx Prayer of Dedication or Offertory]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss19.aspx Meditations]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss11.aspx Benedictions]'''
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* Closing Hymn
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==Scout Sabbath==
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:''These are sample materials from [http://www.scouting.org/Media/Relationships/ScoutSabbathServices.aspx Scout Sabbath Services]:
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Scout Sabbath offers an opportunity for worshippers to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program chartered to a Jewish organization. It gives a rabbi a framework to address Scouts directly, in addition to speaking about Scouting to the congregation.
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Some rabbis use regular liturgy and supplement it with special reading. Others devote the entire worship services to Scouting themes, using Scouts and Scouters as readers. There is no "one right way " to conduct such a service. Most rabbis understand the purpose to be a strengthening of the bonds between the synagogue and the Scouting unit and plan accordingly.
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A variety of Scouting-related resources, prayers, and readings are available:
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/religious.aspx Religious Awards for Youth and Adults]
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** [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/religious.aspx#mac Maccabee] for Tiger Cubs
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** [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/religious.aspx#ale Aleph] for Cub Scouts
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** [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/religious.aspx#ner Ner Tamid] for Scouts and Venturers
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** [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/religious.aspx#etz Etz Chaim] for older Scouts and Venturers
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** [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/religious.aspx#sho Shofar] for adult volunteers
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/scoutlaw.aspx Based on the Twelve Points of the Scout Law]
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/sermonic.aspx Sermonic Material]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/badenpowell.aspx Statements by Lord Baden-Powell]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/camping.aspx Scout Camping]'''
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/sssermon.aspx Scout Sabbath Sermon]''' by Rabbi Jack Bemporad
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* '''[http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/scoutsabbathservices/ntpresent.aspx Sample Ner Tamid Presentation]'''
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==Scout's Own Worship Service==
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{{Shortcut|[[Scouts Own]]}}
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:''See: [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/TrainingModules/Interfaith%20Service.aspx Official BSA Scout's Own Service Training]
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The Scout's Own Worship Service is an interfaith service such as those above. It is a brief worship or meditation, specifically designed for Scouting events where there may be members of more than one faith group. The intention of an interfaith service (formerly known as a Scouts’ Own) is to provide a spiritual focus during a camping experience that does not reflect the views of a particular denomination or faith. An interfaith service can be defined as a gathering of Scouts held to contribute to the development of their spirituality and to promote a fuller understanding of the Scout Oath and Law, with emphasis on one’s Duty to God. Let’s take a look at what this definition means.
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An interfaith service is a gathering of Scouts consistent with the 12th point of the Scout Law. This can be in groups as small as two or as large as a world Scout jamboree, though groups of a few patrols work best. In smaller groups, Scouts are able to get involved, share their experiences, and learn that spirituality is something that affects everyone.
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An interfaith service is held for the development of the Scouts’ spirituality. Spirituality is that which is beyond the material, that which gives meaning and direction to one’s life. Scouting is primarily concerned with how people live out their beliefs in everyday life.
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==Scout Sunday Suggestions==
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If your Unit is not chartered to a religious organization, choose a church for your Unit to attend together in uniform.
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==See Also==
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*[[Religious Emblems]]
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*[[Declaration of Religious Principle]]
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*[[Scout Week]]
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==External Links==
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;Official Boy Scout 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.
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss12.aspx Suggested Worship Aids for Scout Sunday Service](hymns)
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* [http://www.scouting.org/relationships/05-961/onmyhonor.pdf On My Honor] (hymn) (PDF)
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss13.aspx Scouter Prayer]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss18.aspx A Psalm for Scouts and Scouters]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss14.aspx The Guy in the Glass] (prayer)
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss15.aspx Program Covers and Inserts]
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* [http://www.scouting.org/media/relationships/ascoutisrevernt/ss16.aspx Bringing Youth to Christ Through a Scouting Ministry] (newsletter article)
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;Scout Sunday Links
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* [http://www.nccs-bsa.org/activities/ScoutSunday.php Scout Sunday Ceremony]
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* [http://www.scouter.com/compass/goCategory.asp?cid=1156 Scout Sunday - SCOUTER Net]
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;Scouts Own Service Links
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* [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/TrainingModules/Interfaith%20Service.aspx Official BSA Scout's Own Service Training]
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* [http://scouting.org/filestore/pdf/worksheet08182008.pdf BSA Worship Service Planning Work Sheet]
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* [http://lld.oa-bsa.org/planning/resource_details.php?id=48 Order of the Arrow - Three Scout's Own Services]
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* [http://www.buckskin.org/Resources/Boy_Scouts/outdoor_scouts_own.htm Buckskin Council's resources]
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* [http://www.usscouts.org/macscouter/ScoutsOwn/ MacScouter: Dozens of Scout's Own Services]
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* [http://www.nlas.org/Worship.htm National Lutheran Association of Scouters]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scouts_Own Wikipedia article]
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* [http://www.reverent-scout.net/reverent-scout/Scouts_Own.htm A Scout's Own Service]

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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.

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.

Contents

Scout Sunday/Sabbath Timeline

Steps for a successful Scout Sunday/Sabbath Suggested Time Line

  • Set date of observance with Unit Leaders, planning committees, other organizations and sponsors of Scouting.
  • Begin planning meetings 3 months prior to Scout Sunday/Sabbath.
  • Submit announcements in the bulletin 2 months before Scout Sunday/Sabbath.
  • Three weeks before Scout Sunday announce in the bulletin the need for youth and adult support through their attendance. Reconfirm the details with all contact members.
  • Rehearse with all participants the day before the event.
  • Scout Sunday - assemble 30 minutes or more before the service, set up displays and secure all final coordination.
  • Reflect on the Scriptures and Scouting Connections.

Pre-plan:

  • Planning Scout Sunday/Sabbath activities, an overview of the recommended planning activities.
  • Secure approval from the church.
  • Work with planning committee.
  • Music (Based on the readings and the season)
  • Calendar event and pre-meetings.
  • "Advertise" - Scout Uniforms (Shirt, Pants, and/or Hats), recognitions to be presented, Charter Presentation
  • Role of the Scout/Scouter; Greeters, Ushers, Servers


Scout Sunday Observance

This is a sample format for your unit's annual Scout Sunday observance from Scout Sunday:

Suggested Scout Sunday Service of Worship (outline)

Scout Sabbath

These are sample materials from Scout Sabbath Services:

Scout Sabbath offers an opportunity for worshippers to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program chartered to a Jewish organization. It gives a rabbi a framework to address Scouts directly, in addition to speaking about Scouting to the congregation.

Some rabbis use regular liturgy and supplement it with special reading. Others devote the entire worship services to Scouting themes, using Scouts and Scouters as readers. There is no "one right way " to conduct such a service. Most rabbis understand the purpose to be a strengthening of the bonds between the synagogue and the Scouting unit and plan accordingly.

A variety of Scouting-related resources, prayers, and readings are available:

Scout's Own Worship Service

Shortcut:
Scouts Own
See: Official BSA Scout's Own Service Training

The Scout's Own Worship Service is an interfaith service such as those above. It is a brief worship or meditation, specifically designed for Scouting events where there may be members of more than one faith group. The intention of an interfaith service (formerly known as a Scouts’ Own) is to provide a spiritual focus during a camping experience that does not reflect the views of a particular denomination or faith. An interfaith service can be defined as a gathering of Scouts held to contribute to the development of their spirituality and to promote a fuller understanding of the Scout Oath and Law, with emphasis on one’s Duty to God. Let’s take a look at what this definition means.

An interfaith service is a gathering of Scouts consistent with the 12th point of the Scout Law. This can be in groups as small as two or as large as a world Scout jamboree, though groups of a few patrols work best. In smaller groups, Scouts are able to get involved, share their experiences, and learn that spirituality is something that affects everyone.

An interfaith service is held for the development of the Scouts’ spirituality. Spirituality is that which is beyond the material, that which gives meaning and direction to one’s life. Scouting is primarily concerned with how people live out their beliefs in everyday life.

Scout Sunday Suggestions

If your Unit is not chartered to a religious organization, choose a church for your Unit to attend together in uniform.

See Also

External Links

Official Boy Scout Links
Scout Sunday Links
Scouts Own Service Links
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