Growing up, Scout Sunday was always one of the highlights of the year for our troop; a sort of announcement of a month long celebration based on the Boy Scouts of America founding on February 8, 1910. Image our 48 Scouts in uniform at church and the following week more than 100 people at our Blue and Gold Banquet and twice that many for the annual February Court of Honor and recognition dinner.
This year Scout Sunday 2015 promises to be even more special since it falls on Feb. 8, the BSA’s birthday. The last time Scout Sunday fell on Feb. 8 was in 2009. It won’t happen again until 2026
On Scout Sunday, uniformed Scouts and Scouters across the country will greet the congregation, participate in worship services, receive religious awards and conduct service projects to benefit their place of worship. This along with the goal of thanking the religious institution for their service as the unit’s chartered organization.
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.
Since the mid 1940’s the Boy Scouts of America has designated the Sunday that falls on or before February 8 as Scout Sunday. However, a chartered organization or local religious organization may choose to celebrate on another day (see note below for LDS units).
Listed are some ideas from the Scouting magazine Facebook page.
- “Lowes UMC has asked us to hold an Eagle Ceremony during the church service for a very deserving young man. As Scoutmaster, I was unsure at first, but now I feel this a wonderful way to celebrate Scout Sunday and thank the church for their many years of support.” – Derick S.
- “We’re celebrating our troop’s 75th anniversary! We’re having a dinner with all of our troop’s past Eagle Scouts and then celebrating eight new young men earning their Eagle Scout.” – Seth C.
- “We have a member from the troop reading the Scout Law while members of the Webelos 2 light an eagle that has 12 candles on it (1 for each part of the law). I also have a guest speaker lined up that will talk about what Scouting means to them. Our service is usually really meaningful. I try to use as many of the Scouts in the service from greeters to readers to ushers to members of the color guard.” – Amy Q.
- “All the boys in our troop and pack and their leaders are encouraged to attend services that day in their ‘Class A’ uniforms. The following week, photos taken of the Scouts with their clergy are published in the local paper.” Mary L.
- “The youth in our pack, troop and crew will serve as greeters and gift bearers in Mass and then have an information booth at Coffee & Donuts.” – Linda C.
- “Our church has invited Scoutmaster Brian Wallace (recently featured inScouting magazine) to be our guest preacher at First United Methodist Church of Germantown.” – Ann P.
- “My Scouts have earned their Light of Christ religious medal and they will be receiving it at church on Scout Sunday.” – Lorie T.
- “We established a Scout Sunday service where we invite all Scouts — Boy, Girl, Cub, Venturer, Life (past and present). We collect food for our local food pantry, have special guest speakers such as local leaders and Eagle Scouts, show photo slideshows of Scouts in action, play videos, share refreshments, display awards and projects, and of course have a very special sermon. It’s a great event!” – MJ N.
- “Our troop attends the first service on Sunday. Between the services we host a pancake breakfast for the parishioners. The Scouts serve and bus tables as needed.” – Heidi B.
- “Being the only BSA member within 100 miles, I’ll wear my dress blazer with Catholic International Awareness medal and Silver Beaver to Mass at the chapel here in the mountains of México.” – Dean W.
Find more responses here.
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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. Portions of this article were taken from Scouting magazine, US Scouting Service Project and the National Catholic Committee on Scouting
NOTE: for our LDS leaders, from the “Scouting Handbook for Church Units in the United States”, section 8.11 Scouting Month states: “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 during the week 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.”