Scout Jumuah

Scout Jumuah
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Scout Jumuah

Scout Jumuah is most commonly the first Friday of February, but units may adjust this date to best meet their needs. Muslims will observe Scout Jumuah (sometimes stylized as Scout Jumu’ah) from sundown on Thursday to sundown on Friday. Scout Jumuah offers a chance to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim community. A Scout Jumuah program might include recognition by the chartered organization representative, a service project or a display that explains the benefits of Scouting.

Tips for celebrating Scout Jumuah during the pandemic

In-person services:
There are many ways you can help with in-person religious services, assuming local health guidelines permit them in your area. Be sure to check local and state health regulations, and review the BSA’s COVID-19 FAQs for even more helpful guidance. If you’re good to go, here are a few ways to help:

  • Lead a portion of the service. This might include a recap of the unit’s service to its chartered organization, a sermon or the reading of a religious text. Use youth whenever possible.
  • Serve as greeters, welcoming guests (from a safe distance) while wearing uniforms.
  • Present religious emblems to youth and adults who have earned them in the past year.
  • Publicly commit to some act of service to the congregation and announce the plan to everyone.

Online services:
Even as online worship services become our temporary reality in many places, there’s still plenty that Cub Scouts, Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturers can do to support their congregation. For example:

  • Prepare a prerecorded message from the Scouts to the congregation. This could be anything from a fun, short video to a more extensive “report to the chartered organization,” modeled after the BSA’s own Report to the Nation, that serves as a recap of all that was accomplished in the past year.
  • Sing in a virtual choir.
  • Use a videoconferencing platform (like Skype or Zoom) to present religious emblems live — or share a prerecorded presentation.
  • Create a brief, photo-heavy PowerPoint of Scouts in action over the past year to present to the congregation during worship.
  • Incorporate a message into the virtual bulletin or digital program for that day’s services.
  • Extend an invitation to the congregation to join your unit.
  • Find a way for everyone to individually participate in some kind of Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath or Scout Jumuah service project.

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