Scouts' Day

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Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement

Scouts' Day or Guides' Day is a generic term for special days observed by members of the Scouting movement throughout the year. Some of these days have religious significance, while others may be a simple celebration of Scouting. Typically, it is a day when all members of Scouting will re-affirm the Scout Promise.

Founders' Days[edit]

Worldwide in nearly all Scout associations, Founders' Day is celebrated on February 22, the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (born in 1857), the founder of Scouting, and coincidentally also of his wife Olave Baden-Powell (born in 1889).

Individual associations also celebrate their own founding on other dates, although these are generally restricted to "major" anniversaries, such as a decennial. Girl Scouts of the USA celebrate Founders Day on October 31, the birthday of Juliette Low.

World Thinking Day[edit]

Thinking Day is celebrated on February 22. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) chose the date as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Robert Baden-Powell and of Olave Baden-Powell. It is thus celebrated by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts associations. SAGNOs (those associations which are part simultaneously of WAGGGS and WOSM) usually take part in it. It is also celebrated by some boy-oriented scout associations belonging to WOSM (i.e. Greece, where it is called Imera Skepseos),

Saint George's Day[edit]

Portuguese Scout postcard casting Scout as modern-day St. George slaying the dragon

Saint George is the patron saint of Scouting. The nearest Sunday to April 23 is observed as a celebration in some countries, for example, the United Kingdom and Spain.

Until recently[when?] in the UK, Scouting Districts would celebrate the day with a parade of the groups and sections to a church where a service is held where the Scouts re-affirm the Scout Promise.

However, it is becoming more difficult to encourage participation by the youth membership, so many Districts forego the parade and church service in place of a more family oriented day. The focus of the day is still the affirmation of the Promise by all members.

Windsor and Queen Scouts Each St. George's Day is also marked by a service in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, which is open to all recipients of the Queen's Scout Award in the previous year.

Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath (Boy Scouts of America)[edit]

Scouts on Scout Sunday in Philadelphia, 1949

The Boy Scouts of America have designated the Sunday preceding February 8, or February 8 if it is a Sunday, as Scout Sunday and the following Saturday is designated as Scout Sabbath. The United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February as not to conflict with Transfiguration Sunday.

The day is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States. Observation varies by unit and locale. Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the service.

In the United States, Scouting has been used by churches, synagogues, and many other religious organizations as part of their youth ministries. Approximately 50 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to religious groups. These observances offer an opportunity for congregations to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program.[1]

Girl Scout Week (Girl Scouts of the USA)[edit]

In the Girl Scouts of the USA, the equivalent holiday is Girl Scout Sunday or Girl Scout Sabbath, celebrated in Girl Scout Week the week that includes March 12, the day the first Girl Scout troop was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia in 1912.[2]

Scout-Guide Week (Canada)[edit]

In Canada both the Guides and the Scouts celebrate Scout-Guide Week which is the week (Sunday-Sunday) in which February 22 falls (not including the first Sunday). It is often used to have joint events between the two groups.[3]

Africa Scout Day[edit]

Africa Scout Day is a day of celebration for Scouts in Africa and is held annually on March 13. At the 62nd ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the then OAU, (currently African Union) in Addis Ababa in 1995, a resolution was passed that Scouting in Africa must be recognized and as such March 13 would be celebrated as Africa Scout Day.[4]

World Scout Scarf Day[edit]

World Scout Scarf day is a recent effort to encourage active and former Scouts worldwide to wear their neckerchiefs in public annually on August 1 as a symbol of the Scout promise and the spirit of Scouting. It has been promoted on Facebook [5] and by Scouting organisations since 2007.[citation needed]

Scout Service & Public Relationship Week (Sri Lanka)[edit]

Scout Service & Public Relationship Week is held annually on June–July. Scouts will call on the public during this week in uniform. The event began with the participation of scouts from all 37 districts simultaneously numbering approximately 40,000 between the ages of 7 and 18. A Patrol consisting of four scouts or more in uniform will carry an official card given by Sri -Lanka Scout Association for public contributions. Scouts find money for their Scout Group through the Service & Relationship week each year. They go to houses and work places and help their owners with small work they can do. People give them work and then give some amount of money for their effort. The association requests the public to contribute to them generously as this is the main fund raising project for them.

Dates celebrated by country[edit]

Date English name Location/local name Remarks
January 1 Scouts' Day Burma
February 22 Thinking Day worldwide (Guides) Marks shared birthday of Scouting's founders
February 22 Founder's Day worldwide (Scouts) Marks shared birthday of Scouting's founders
March 5 Scouts' Day Republic of China (Taiwan)
March 12 Girl Scout Birthday United States Marks founding of first Girl Scout troop in the USA
April 18 Scouts' Day Armenia Social and Scouting work take place in one of the central parks of Yerevan[6]
April 19 Guides' Day Georgia anniversary of the first national Girl Guide conference in 1997
April 19 Scouts' Day Azerbaijan [7]/regional_and_national_events_of_eurasia_region
April 23 St. George's Day United Kingdom Parade of Queen's Scouts at Windsor Castle
April 23 St. George's Day Denmark Parade submitting[clarification needed] Scout's promise
April 23 Scouts' Day Mexico
May 19 Scouts' Day Croatia first training in 1950
May 22 Girl Scout Day Japan
May 31 Vietnamese Scouting Day Vietnam
late May Scout Movement Week[8] Liberia In 2009 was May 25–30
July 1 Scouts' Day Thailand Scouts pay homage to King Rama VI, and take part in parades
July 3 Scouts' Day Nepal 2009 was 57th Scout Day
August 1 World Scout Scarf Day worldwide (Scouts & Guides) Many people followed the call and thus made the spirit of scouting visible
August 14 Pramuka Day Indonesia Honors the national scouts of Indonesia (Pramuka) first public parade in 1961
September 5 Scout and Good Action Day Argentina Celebrates the scout and good act day doing charity work, donations and personal good action.
October Scouting Month Philippines The Boy Scouts of the Philippines was chartered by Congress on October 31, 1936.
variable Girl Guides Day Brunei First was October 6, 1985, chosen to be near their royal patron's birthday[9]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scout Sabbath
  2. ^ "Girl Scout Days". GSUSA. Retrieved December 6, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Canadian Events". Scouts Canada. Retrieved February 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "GSA celebrate Africa Scout Day in Kumasi". The Ghanaian Journal. March 16, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ World Scout Scarf Day Facebook page
  6. ^ http://scout.org/en/around_the_world/eurasia/information_events/events
  7. ^ http://scout.org/en/around_the_world/eurasia/information_events/events
  8. ^ "Liberia observes scout movement week". Liberian Broadcasting System Online. May 28, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ Awang, Nela; Finaz Daniel (November 12, 2007). "Her Majesty graces Girl Guides Day ceremony". The Brunei Times. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, World Bureau (2002), Trefoil Round the World. Eleventh Edition 1997. ISBN 0-900827-75-0