Duty to God
Scout Sunday & Scout Sabbath
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. Learn more about Scout Sunday at the National BSA site.
Scout Sabbath offers an opportunity for worshippers to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program chartered to a Jewish organization. It gives a rabbi a framework to address Scouts directly, in addition to speaking about Scouting to the congregation.
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As Scouts, we constantly experience the joy and beauty provided to us by our God. From the natural symphonies that carry us to sleep on a campout, to the majestic sunrise that crests over the mountains, we are in awe of our maker. It is no wonder that Scouts pledge to be reverent as part of the Scout Law.
Please join us for the Duty to God Encampment in the fall of 2016, a weekend full of fun, service, and worship. Bring your Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers to get started earning their religious emblem and take part in a Messengers of Peace service project. You will have opportunities to worship with other Scouts in your individual faith group, and also take part in the Faith Walk to learn about other world religions.
Religious Emblems & Awards
To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets. Download the Duty to God program information.
To serve as a chaplain or chaplain aide is a unique opportunity for ministry. While serving in these offices, you will have the opportunity to help Scouts as they grow, both physically and spiritually. Some techniques to be used are modeling, mentoring, and offering faith-based experiences. Use this handbook to help you become better oriented to the duties, responsibilities, and opportunities of chaplaincy service in Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews. It includes useful information and resources to help you better perform your duties.