Scout Sunday Observance
What is Scout Sunday?
The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day.
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.
How can I participate?
1. Have Scouts attend as a Troop, Pack, Den or individually with their parents
2. Coordinate a date with your Charter Partner if a religious institution charters your unit. If your unit is not chartered by a religious institution, then arrange for attendance at an area religious institution of your choice.
3. Work between the Religious Institution and Unit to coordinate any program or participation ideas such as:
• Notice in the church bulletin. (The Council will provide you with custom program inserts for Scout Sunday)
• Saved pews.
• Quiet observance by the Unit.
• Any active participation such as prayer, report, or presentation of Charter
Scout Sunday Resources
This is a suggested format for your unit's annual Scout Sunday observance:
Suggested Scout Sunday Service of Worship (outline)
§ Call to Worship
§ The Scout Law
§ On My Honor
§ Hear Our Prayer
§ Pastoral Prayer
§ Offertory Prayer
§ Scripture Reading
§ Prayer of Dedication or Offertory
§ Closing Hymn
§ Suggested Worship Aids for Scout Sunday Service (hymns)
§ Scouter Prayer (prayer)
§ A Psalm for Scouts and Scouters
§ The Guy in the Glass (prayer)
§ Program Covers and Inserts
§ Bringing Youth to Christ Through a Scouting Ministry (newsletter article)