Posted on January 20, 2016 by Bryan Wendell in Boy Scouting, Cub Scouting, Scouting Tips, Varsity,Venturing
Scout units and religious-based chartered organizations share a special bond that lasts all year.
But on certain days each year — namely Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath — we set aside time to celebrate a partnership that benefits all parties involved: the religious institution, Scouts, Scouters and the communities they serve.
On these important days, which are timed to fall near the Feb. 8 anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts give back in visible and meaningful ways.
In some units, that means simply wearing the full field uniform to worship services, where the worship leader presents religious awards to Scouts and Scouters. In others, the pack, troop, team or crew conducts a service project that benefits the religious organization.
How does your unit participate?
To get started, visit this BSA guide to Scout Sunday observances or this BSA guide to Scout Sabbath services.
Then keep reading for your complete guide to Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath.
When is Scout Sunday this year?
There’s a short answer and a longer answer.
Short answer: It’s the Sunday before Feb. 8 — the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. That means this year, Scout Sunday is Feb. 7, 2016.
Longer answer: Each chartered organization can adopt any specific Sunday to celebrate. Officially, the BSA says a local church may celebrate “on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.” In the United Methodist Church, for example, the second Sunday in February is set aside for Scout Sunday. That means this year it’s on Feb. 14, 2016.
Your best bet is to check with your chartered organization representative.
What about Scout Sabbath?
Scout Sabbath, for Jewish Scout units, is always the Saturday after Scout Sunday. This year, it falls on Feb. 13, 2016.
Learn more about this special day here.
NOTE: Though the National Jewish Committee on Scouting has designated Feb. 13 as Scout Sabbath this year, some councils will celebrate the occasion on other days. Check with your council or local Jewish Committee on Scouting to verify the date.
How can I celebrate Scout Sunday 2016 or Scout Sabbath 2016?
These come from our friends on the Scouting magazine Facebook page:
Find more great responses here.
Where can I get Scout Sunday 2016 “stuff”?Visit your local Scout shop or ScoutStuff.org to grab these official item:
On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Pack 14 will not deny membership in our program to any youth or adult leader on the basis of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, or economic status.