A major tenant of Scouting is Duty to God. Although the BSA doesn’t directly provide religious relations programs for its youth, it partners with a variety of organizations to provide religious programs for every religion and faith group. Every religion has a program that has been endorsed by the BSA to help teach our scouts duty to God, in whatever way is most compatible with each family’s beliefs. Most religious relations programs are delivered through a faith institution, be it a church, synagogue, temple.
The programs help scouts of all ages pursue a deeper understanding of their faith with other scouts through their faith. These programs fulfill the requirements for religious awards earned by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Enrollment is not limited to scouts and is open to any children in grades 1-12. Courses are designed to be age relevant and typically are completed in about three months for Cub Scouts, or six – nine months for Boys Scouts and Venturers.
If you are interested in having your son or daughter participate in a program for your faith, you can do one of two things: (1) participate in a program offered by one of the religious institutions in the district or (2) start a program at your own church, synagogue or temple. If you are interested in helping start a program, please contact the district’s Religious Relations Chair, Mark Whelan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scout Sunday / Sabbath Planning
On February 8, 1909 William Dickson Boyce, reeling from his London experience with scouting and meetings with Lord Baden-Powell, proposed the incorporation of The Boy Scouts of America. The purpose of this new organization, in Boyce’s document “Shall be to promote, through organization, and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods which are in common use by Boy Scouts.”
The first week of February is often referred to as Scouting Anniversary Week. The first Sunday in February is known as Scout Sunday and the following Saturday, Scout Sabbath. During February, many of our scouts will celebrate the founding of scouting in America by wearing their “Class-A” uniforms to religious services on these special days. Every scout and leader is encouraged to participate.