By Boy Scouts of America
Nov 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Prayers for Scouts

GrattitudeFor Scouts Thanksgiving is more than a day; or it should be, since doing our duty to God yields a heart filled with gratitude. Giving thanks should be part of a Scout’s lifestyle. So in honor of this week and to turn our attention toward gratitude we have added a few thoughts from wise folks we know:

The 100th Psalm  says:
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

And in D&C 78:19 the Lord has promised, “He who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious” (D&C 78:19).

Gratitude. according to True to the Faith, “is an uplifting, exalting attitude,” That booklet goes on to explain: “You can probably say from experience that you are happier when you have gratitude in your heart. You cannot be bitter, resentful, or mean-spirited when you are grateful.”1

eyring grattitudeTo help your Scouts express thanks to God, have them count their blessings, thanking God for each thing. Here are a few items to get started:

  • Tremendous opportunities.
  • Parents
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Teachers
  • People who offer favors or help you
  • Your church
  • God Himself

“You can express your gratitude to God by acknowledging His hand in all things, thanking Him for all that He gives you, keeping His commandments, and serving others. Thank Him for His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Express thanks for the Savior’s great example, for His teachings, for His outreaching hand to lift and help, for His infinite Atonement.

“Let a spirit of thanksgiving guide and bless your days and nights. Work at being grateful. You will find that it yields wonderful results.”2

Prayer of Thanksgiving3Prayer Hats Off

We thank you today
For the adventure of Scouting,
For the unselfishness of parents,
For the patience of teachers
And for the encouragement of friends.

A Scouter’s Thanksgiving Prayer4

With reverence in our hearts,
We, thy many children of many beliefs,
United in common purpose,
Gather to offer this our humble prayer,
In Thanksgiving, as Scouters we are thankful for:

The many gifts and talents given to our fellow Scouters, and to ourselves;
The freedom we have to join together and as a team accomplish more than any of us could alone;
The opportunity to be of service to young people, parents, other Scouters and our community;
Our joy at seeing so many young people become excited as they grow and are able to meet challenges;
Being reminded by their ceremonies and legends that he who serves his fellows, is of his fellows greatest;
And most importantly we are thankful for the gift of knowing that our prayers are heard.
We each in own way take this moment to silently add our own thanksgivings . . . (pause)

With thanks in our hearts we offer our prayers and ask that thou, the Great Scoutmaster of All Scouts, be with each of us until we meet again.

AMEN

Thanksgiving for Scout Brotherhood5

World Brotherhood of ScoutingO Lord, we give Thee thanks for the gift of Scouting.
We thank Thee for the wisdom and foresight of our Chief, whose first camp on Brownsea was the forerunner of our Brotherhood.
We thank thee for the enthusiasm and self-sacrifice of those, his immediate followers, to whom the early guidance of our Movement was entrusted.
Above all, 0 Lord, we thank Thee that Thou hast permitted us, Thy servants to take our share in the service of the boyhood of our country; and for all the inspiration and happiness that Scouting has brought into our own lives.
We ask for Thy blessing on our Chief, upon the boys whom we are privileged to lead, and upon the
Brotherhood of Scouts throughout the world.
May we go forward re-dedicated to this, Your
service, and in humble gratitude for Your many
mercies.
Grant this, 0 Lord, for the sake of Your son,
Jesus Christ. Amen.


1True to the Faith, On-line Edition
2 ibid.
Scouting Our Way: A Guide to Faith, Duty, and Fellowship, Robert Lee Edmonds Linda Tucker EdmondsEight Eleven Press or on-line
4 Michael F. Bowman, DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council,
Prayers For Use In The Brotherhood of Scouts, p.32, Brownsea Island, April 1927

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