Calling All Scouts! Churches Celebrate Scouting in All Forms
Scout Sunday is this Sunday, Feb. 3. It’s a day when Scouts who attend church participate in or organize activities bridging scouting and their faith. For Jewish Scouts, Scouting Sabbath is observed on Feb. 9. Typically, Scout Sunday falls before or near the traditional anniversary of Boy Scouts (Feb. 8).
At Holy Family, parishioner John Zajic is organizing activities to take place at the Davidsonville Catholic parish on Feb. 2 (Saturday) and Feb. 3. Zajic is coordinating for all masses on those days.
Zajac requests that all scouts—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturing Crew, Sea Scouts and others—wear scout uniforms, vests or sashes to service.
Other churches in the area may also participate in Scout Sunday.
However, if your church does not, the Boy Scouts webpage has activities, hymns, prayers, program covers and inserts along with recommendations for the Scout Sunday order of service. For example, the “On My Honor” portion of the service matches bible passages with the scouting oath and promise, for example:
- Leader: All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalm 25:10)
Scouts: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country.
- Leader: Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Scouts: On my honor I will do my best to help other people at other times
If you want to incorporate Scout Sunday into your service, contact the Scouting Service Unit for your area. Activities and Scout Sunday do not have to take place this Sunday. In fact, the Diocese of Baltimore will hold their Scout Sunday Mass on March 4 in Baltimore.
Adults who participated in scouting as a child or teen are also invited to come celebrate the benefits of scouting at Holy Family or their own house of worship.
Holy Family will also have activities for scouts for the week of Feb. 3 through Feb. 9.
For more information, or to volunteer to help Zajic at Holy Family, contact him by email.
Your religious institution may have activities planned for another day. You are encouraged to contact your Scout Unit or your religious institution about participating in, or organizing, activities.
Tell us in the Comments below if your church or temple will participate.