Scouting is a well-known venue that has engaged young men throughout the country for more than 100 years. Members of Scout units can range in age from kindergarteners to college age. Episcopal and Anglican congregations are a significant supporter of Boy Scout units (more than 1100 units at the end of 2017).
There has been an Episcopal presence at National Scouting Activities for as long as
Scouting has been in the United States. Today, three areas, in particular, stand out:
- Every four years the Boy Scouts gathers Scouts from all over the world at a National Jamboree. At the Jamboree:
- There is an Episcopal Eucharist on Sunday during the Jamboree.
- Episcopal priests and deacons have served as Jamboree chaplains
- A display is available to introduce Jamboree participants to the Episcopal Church and its Anglican traditions.
- Episcopal Scouting is represented on the National Boy Scout Religious Relationships Committee by two Brothers. This way the Brotherhood is able to bring an Anglican perspective to how the Boy Scouts interpret their Duty to God.
- The Brotherhood and the Boy Scouts have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 17, 2016. The agreement is designed to increase Brotherhood participation in Scouting and to create more Scout units in Episcopal and Anglican churches.
What can Brothers do to get involved with Scouting? Some ideas include:
- Serve as a mentor for one or more of the religions awards available to Scouts through the God and Country program.
- Serve as an adult leader for the Scout unit chartered to your congregation.
- Encourage your congregation, or your Chapter, to charter one or more Scout units. Many congregations charter only one, of a possible four (different units are targeted to different age youth), Scout unit. By chartering additional units synergy between the units can develop so the Scouting experience is better for all youth.
- An Assembly Scouting Committee could advise the Bishop on worthy recipients of Scouting’s adult religious Award, the St. George medal.