Special Events can bring the scouting community and the church together for a variety of purposes.
Scout Sunday can be a memorable day for troops and groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, Big Brother Big Sisters — the four youth-serving agencies that we promote as outreach ministries to local churches) sponsored by and meeting in your church. It may also be a special day of recognition for parents, some of whom will be members of your church and some of whom are searching for a faith community.
Scout Sunday in the UMC is celebrated the second Sunday in February for BSA and the second Sunday in March for GSUSA — the first Sunday of each month is reserved for the celebration of Holy Communion. (Scout Sunday may be any Sunday the church selects).
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth may be invited to lead various parts of the service; Scouts can serve as greeters and ushers, and time can be set aside for various awards.
Pastors who have been working with young people may use Scout Sunday to present religious (P.R.A.Y.) awards. Also, the Scout leader or youth director may nominate scouts or UM youth for the Good Samaritan Award. This includes anyone between the ages of 6-30 who demonstrates the attributes of the Good Samaritan described in Luke 10:25–37. The award was recently expanded to include children and young adults.
Pastors may also use Scout Sunday to honor adults who lead the scouting program. Adults may receive the Cross and Flame Award. The Shepherd Church Award was established to recognize churches for utilizing scouting as a ministry.
- Here is a Scout Sunday Column (which could be adapted for a sermon) written by SMS Cliff Coan of the DeLeon First United Methodist Church in DeLeon, Texas. Feel free to use in any form.
- Ideas for a Scout Sunday Service from the US Scouting Service Project
- Advice on planning a service from Scouting Magazine
- More ideas from Bryan on Scouting