While Feb. 8th is the actual birthday, In fact, the whole month of February is marked as Scout Month because of two significant events: the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910 and Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, was born February 22, 1857.
In many parts of America, the anniversary is related to religious celebrations. Scout Sunday occurs the Sunday before Feb 8th and is a chance for faith-based chartered organizations to celebrate and recognize Scouting, and for Scout units to show their appreciation for the religious institution that supports their unit.
In some churches, Scouting is the theme of the sermon and the boys wear their uniforms to church that Sunday. While LDS units are not encouraged to wear their uniforms to church, some stakes will present a Scouting message or theme in sacrament meeting talks or testimony meetings.
This year the anniversary lands on the same day as Scout Sabbath which is celebrated the Saturday after Scout Sunday. On this day, many Jewish Scouts will participate in a program.
At the most recent count, religious organizations make up 65 percent of chartered organizations in the BSA. As those units know, chartered organizations provide much more than a place to meet and store gear. Scout Sunday is our chance to say thanks.
Ideas On How Your Unit can Celebrate Scouting’s Birthday or Scout Month:
- Do a service project for your church, or community
- Prepare a young men’s choir piece for your congregation
- Throw a pizza party with birthday cake!
- Recognize the Scouters in your unit, or ward
- Wear your uniform all Saturday
- Bear your testimony about Scouting in your congregation or to a friend
- Invite a friend not involved with Scouting to join your troop
- Recite the Scout Oath and Law to 5 different people
- Talk to an older family member who was a Scout about their experience
Author: Melany Gardner | Marketing and Programs Assistant, Utah National Parks Council