1. Each Scout should wear his or her full Scout Uniform to the Service. All the Scouts and leaders may wish to sit together.
2. You may attend a church that does not charter a Scout unit. You should wear your uniform as many churches are aware of Scout Sunday and will include some things about it in the service.
3. Discuss some of these ideas with your pastor, rabbi, or minister:
– Use Scout Sunday to award religious emblems that your scouts have earned.
– Ask if scouts may serve as church greeters or ushers during the service
– Start the service with a Color Guard with Scouts in uniform
– Ask if scouts may lead the responsible reading, or read the scripture.
– Present a plaque with the names of the Eagle Scouts from the Church sponsored unit.
– Present Adult Leader Religious Awards during the service.
– Conduct a Service Project Work Day some time during the spring and announce your plans on Scout Sunday. This might include a church based Eagle Scout Project. Another great idea includes the constructing and erecting of a sign on the church property noting that the church sponsors a Scout Troop, Pack, or Girl scouts, etc. with meeting times. Be sure to get final approve from the Church and check for any city ordinances before starting any such project. This sign is a great way to build community awareness about Scouting.
– Give a report of the unit’s activities over the past year. A video or power point with pictures is a good way for the congregation to see what your unit has done.
– Ask if Scouts (and Adult leaders) can help with the nursery so that regular members may attend the service.
– Have the Troop’s Chaplain’s Aide offer one of the prayers or help with some other aspect of the worship service.
– Put up displays in the Church foyer or hallways of the Scout Unit’s activities over the past year.
*This article is part of an ongoing celebration of the 100 Years of the Pony Express Council, and was provided by the 100 Year Committee*