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Religious Observances

When it comes to the Scout Law, last is certainly not least.

Being “reverent” is a year-round part of a Scout’s life, but there’s one time each year when the connection between Scouting and faith takes on even more significance.

It’s Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath, or Scout Jamuah, held every February. The annual celebration gives Scouts a highly visible way to show their appreciation for their faith-based chartered organization.

During these special days at places of worship across the country, Scouts wear their uniforms to worship services. Sometimes they’ll help with the service by conducting a flag ceremony, collecting the offering plate or reading scripture. Other times they’ll receive religious emblems earned over the previous year.

In still other packs, troops, crews and ships, these days are a chance to perform an act of service for the chartered organization — often consisting of an afternoon of pre-spring cleaning inside or outside the place of worship.

Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday has historically fallen on the first Sunday before Scouting Anniversary day (February 8). But units and chartered organizations are free to schedule Scout Sunday on any Sunday in February.

The BSA says a local church may celebrate “on the Sunday most acceptable to the pastor and congregation.” So check with your chartered organization representative or faith leader before making your Scout Sunday plans.

Scout Sabbath

Scout Sabbath (also called Scout Shabbat), for Jewish Scout units, typically begins at sundown on the Friday before Scouting Anniversary Day and continues into the next day (Saturday). A unit may also choose another February time that best meets the needs of its members and its chartering organization.

Jewish Scouts are invited to attend a Scout Sabbath service or their regular worship services in their field uniforms. If Scouts have earned any religious emblems, they should wear them to the service.

The National Jewish Committee on Scouting has more information, including a sample service, on its website.

Scout Jumuah

Scout Jumuah offers a chance to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim community. A unit may conduct a Scout Jumuah progarm on any date in February to best meet their needs.

A Scout Jumuah program might include recognition by the chartered organization representative, a service project or a display (a model campsite, perhaps?) that explains the benefits of Scouting.

Find more Scout Jumuah program ideas on this page about Scout Jumuah, published by the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting (NAMAS).

Calendar of all religious observances

Visit this page on the national Boy Scouts of America’s website for year-long calendars of religious observances for all faiths