Three Reasons Why Scout Sunday is Important to Your Pack or Troop
Every year in Scouting we celebrate an event called Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath near February 8h, the anniversary of Scoutingâ€™s founding. Here are three reasons why this event should figure prominently in your Pack or Troop calendar:
You pay respect to your sponsoring institution. If your Pack or Troop is like the majority who are sponsored by a faith-based institution, you can encourage your Scouts and families to attend services in uniform as a unit during the week of Scout Sunday, which is February 7th this year. This shows your sponsor that your unit appreciates them not just as a sponsor but as a house of worship. Your unit can take it a step further by doing a service project on your sponsorâ€™s property and showcase pictures of it at a display table in the lobby after services. This event also gives you a chance to do some recruiting from other parishioners. Even if a Scout chooses to attend services at his own church or temple, on this one Sunday, he can be encouraged to do so in uniform.
Work on faith-based requirements. In the evolving Scouting program, there are a growing number of requirements devoted to exploring faith, and the weeks leading up to Scout Sunday are a perfect time to complete these requirements. In Scouting, a non-denominational organization, we leave it up to the parents or guardians to talk with each child about their family's particular religious beliefs. No family or Scout is ever pressured to attend services for an institution of a different faith, but many families do not regularly attend a religious institution anyway, and these requirements deliberately give them a chance to explore new ways to practice their faith.