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Religion in Scouting

The Scout Association is an inclusive, values-based Movement, which supports its members to engage with spirituality in an exciting and meaningful way.

The Scout Association in the United Kingdom is an open association. This means we are made up of Members of different faiths, including those with no faith, and identify ourselves with no one faith exclusively.

Membership is open to all those individuals who share our fundamental values, and are willing to make a commitment to them, expressed by the Promise and Law.

Different versions of the Promise are available to suit different faiths or those who have no affirmed faith. More information about the Scout Promise is available here. 

Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. We support young people to explore faiths, beliefs and attitudes and engage in spiritual development.

Celebrating Faith Events in Scouting 

A calendar of faith events accompanied by activities for Section meetings is available to download here- Faith Events Calendar

It is important that Scouting celebrates the diversity of our membership; ensuring that each member's  religion, culture and traditions are appreciated, respected and welcomed.

Celebrating a variety of faith events can be an effective way of creating spaces were young people can learn about the meaning and significance of festivals, and those who practise can share their religious celebrations with their peers.

To celebrate Christmas whilst incorporating the faith traditions of all of the members, 38th and 40th Strood Sea Scouts organised a Christingle Service- available for download here.

To observe Ramadan in Scouting, the Muslim Scout Fellowship offer an open invitiation to join an annual Iftar Under the Stars, inviting members to share a meal to break fast during this important period. More information about observing Ramadan and celebrating Eid in Scouting is available here. 

Explore the various faith buildings in your local areas, the Faith Walk resource can support your walk offering information about each world religion. Alternatively,  inviting memebers of each community to share with the young people information about the festivals, beliefs and traditions of their faith can be a great way of bringing the activity to life. 

Programme ideas for all the Sections to incorporate spiritual development can be found in Rise to the Challenge.


 

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