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Scouting's 2018 Religious Celebrations during February

Guide to Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah

The calendar says 2018, which means it’s time to start thinking about Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah.

Scheduled in close proximity to the BSA’s birthday on Feb. 8, these three days celebrate the connection between Scouting and our faith-based chartered partners.

Some Scouts and leaders will honor these days by wearing the full field uniform to worship services. In other units, a worship leader presents religious awards to recipients.

In still others, the pack, troop, crew or ship conducts a service project that benefits the religious organization.

How does your unit participate? Share your ideas in the comments, and read on for a complete guide to Scout Sunday 2018, Scout Sabbath 2018 and Scout Jumuah 2018.

Scout Sunday 2017When is Scout Sunday 2018?

Scout Sunday is Feb. 4, 2018.

How did I know that? Scout Sunday is always held on the Sunday before the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8.

(The only exception: when Feb. 8 falls on a Sunday, as happened in 2015. In that case, Scout Sunday and the BSA’s birthday were both celebrated on Feb. 8.)

Though Feb. 4 is the official day for Scout Sunday 2018, each chartered organization may adopt any specific Sunday to celebrate. 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 what the church calls Scouting Sunday. This year that’s Feb. 11.

Your best bet is to check with your chartered organization representative or faith leader.

When is Scout Sabbath 2018?

Scout Sabbath is Feb. 9 and 10, 2018.

Scout Sabbath — also called Scout Shabbat — for Jewish Scout units, is always the Saturday after Scout Sunday. This year, it begins at sundown on Friday, Feb. 9, and continues into the next day.

To learn more about this special day and order materials, see this page from the National Jewish Committee on Scouting.

NOTE: Though the National Jewish Committee on Scouting has designated Feb. 9-10 as Scout Sabbath this year, some councils or units will celebrate the occasion on other days. Check with your council or local Jewish Committee on Scouting to verify the date.

When is Scout Jumuah 2018?

Scout Jumuah is Feb. 9, 2018.

Scout Jumuah offers a chance to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim community.

The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting has designated Feb. 9, 2018, to be Scout Jumuah. Units may adjust this date to best meet their needs.

Find Scout Jumuah program ideas on this page from the National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting.

12 ways to celebrate Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and/or Scout Jumuah

  1. Wear your Scout uniform to worship services.
  2. Present religious emblems to Scouts, leaders and Venturers who have earned them in the past year.
  3. Recruit several Scouts or Scouters to read passages from religious text.
  4. Involve uniformed Scouts as greeters, ushers, gift bearers or the color guard.
  5. Invite a Scout or Scouter to serve as a guest speaker or deliver the sermon.
  6. Hold an Eagle Scout court of honor during the worship service.
  7. Host a pancake breakfast before, between or after services.
  8. Collect food for a local food pantry.
  9. Light a series of 12 candles while briefly explaining the points of the Scout Law.
  10. Show a video or photo slideshow of highlights from the pack, troop, crew or ship’s past year.
  11. Bake (or buy) doughnuts to share before services.
  12. Make a soft recruiting play by setting up a table near the entrance to answer questions about your Scout unit.

Where do I wear the Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath or Scout Jumuah patch?

Wear it in the temporary patch location: centered on the right pocket.

Where can I get Scout Sunday 2018 stuff?

Visit your local Scout Shop or use the the links below:

Religious Emblems and Activities

Duty to God PatchA Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

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.

For more information about Religious Emblems Programs ...

Who Are the Recipients?

Each year a number of Scouts in different faiths are recognized for earning the Religious Emblem Award of their faith. Click on this link to see this honor roll of Scouts and Scouters who truly live A Scout is Reverent.; If your name and award is not listed, send an email to

What Awards Are There?

The National Council has compiled a list outlining all the religious awards programs known to Scouting. The chart of Religious Emblems Programs lists the programs and contact information.

What Do I Receive?

Religious Awards Program Chart

Upon completion of your religious awards program, you will receive 2 items:

a)  A medal, created by your religious leaders, for your specific program:

b)  A uniform "Knot", which signifies to the world that you have made the effort to participate in and complete this valuable program.
Religious Emblem - Youth Knot Youth Religious Award - Worn by youth and adult members who received a religious emblem as a youth member.
Religious Award - Adult Knot Adult Religious Award - Worn by adults who received a religious award as an adult.

Religious Emblem Requirements

We have made an effort to provide links to program information we are aware of. These are listed below. If you are aware of any additional links that would be helpful for others to know about, please let us know:

Other Religious Emblems

Additional Locations for Obtaining Award Requirements, Workbooks, & Emblems
  • Programs of Religious Activities with Youth

    Note: Many of the different award medals and materials are supplied through an independent group known as "PRAY" - Programs of Religious Activities with Youth. Their website contains pictures of the specific medals that are issued in affiliation with the religious groups. The Youth and Adult Knots are the only recognitions issued by the BSA.

Duty to God
Does your Unit Have a Chaplain Aide?
  • Chaplain Aide PatchA Chaplain Aide is an important member of the Patrol Leader Council or Green Bar Council in your unit. The individual can use the time served in this position for advancement. What are some of the duties of a Chaplain Aide?
  • Promote Religious Emblem Program for Scouts of all faiths.
  • Assist the Chaplain and Clergy with conducting religious formation of Scouts or organizing Scout Sunday/Sabbath service.
  • Ensure that unit conducts services and blessings when on outings, at meetings, or Court of Honor.
  • Highlights different religious holidays and dietary requirements when planning outings.
  • Serves on the Patrol Leader Council.
  • In some units a Scout in this position will also be responsible for the following:
    • Tracking medical as well as religious dietary needs of Scouts, especially when that Scout is not present at a planning meeting for an outing.  (Example: Scouts allergic to nuts or certain fruits.)
    • Organizing and assigning individuals or patrols for flag ceremonies or troop opening and closing meeting ceremonies.
Venturing TRUST Award
Religious and Community Life Award

In the years since Venturing started, the program has been Venturing Trust Awarddefined by the activities Venturers do. Nationally, Religious and Community Life crews form the largest population in Venturing. Following in the tradition of the Quartermaster, Ranger, and Quest awards, a similar, challenging award program has therefore been created for Venturing's religious life emphasis. Designed The TRUST award is a unique opportunity for the youth of Venturing.

Trust is an essential aspect of our relationship with others both personally and corporately. As members of the Scouting movement, Venturers are often looked upon to be trusted leaders in matters of morality, maturity, and service. But they live in an increasingly pluralistic society, and it is a challenging task to discover how these concepts are interpreted by people of different nationalities, cultures, and religions. One way to do this is to listen to and study about different viewpoints that people hold. In other words, learning about the things that have a daily impact on people's lives. As Venturers it is imperative that they lead our communities in building trust and well-being.

While working on the TRUST award, Venturers will learn more about themselves, their communities, their religion and culture, as well as those of others. As with many other requirements throughout the Venturing Program, Venturers will be required to share what they learn with others.

  • Help Venturers learn about their own religion and how it affects their life.
  • Give Venturers the opportunity to pursue understanding and knowledge of cultures other than their own.
  • Promote understanding and tolerance.
  • Learn how to resolve conflicts both internally and externally, with positive outcomes.
  • Understand how other world religions work and how multiple religions can work together.
  • Learn about religion and culture within the context of the BSA.
  • Develop highly trained Venturers who may become a training and leadership resource to dens, packs, and troops, religious organizations, the community, schools, and families.
  • Provide Venturers a variety of practical, hands-on experiences while having FUN.

Roman Catholics

Scout Sunday 2015 - St Rose Church, Paso Robles

Scout Sunday 2015 at St. Rose of Lima Church, Paso Robles