Youth members have experiences that help them recognize that they are part of a larger spiritual reality and learn to respect the spiritual choices of others.
(Note: The larger spiritual reality could include, but is not limited to: a relationship with God, Allah, Jehovah, Heavenly Father, Supreme Being, the eightfold path of Buddhism, a Higher Power, a connection with nature and the earth and a connection with the global community.)
The Beliefs & Values Program Area provides the opportunity to focus on Duty to God. Through planning a balanced program and in reviewing activities across all Program Areas, youth will have opportunities to discuss and develop in their beliefs and values, their respect for the beliefs and values of others, and their sense that they are part of something greater. In addition, keep the Internal Compass in mind as you plan your program. The four points on the Internal Compass can be part of all your activities: Welcoming Wonder Naming Gratitude Experiencing Service Stopping for Reflection
For Cub Scouts through to Rover Scouts, youth may choose to work on their Religion in Life badge with requirements as set out by their faith group. A list of the faith groups and PDF’s of the requirements are found at www.scouts.ca (Scouters Tab – Program Resources – Religion in Life – then Religion In Life under Volunteer Toolkit)
The Scouts’ Own
The Scouts' Own is an opportunity to reflect upon who we are as Scouts and the core beliefs and values that shape who we are and what we do.
It may be used as part of a campfire, a sleepover or camping trip, to end a meeting, or in any program to provide a pause for reflection.
The same framework can be adapted for use in all Sections. For a Beaver Scouts' Own or Cub Scouts' Own, use age-appropriate language, stories and songs. Keep the Scouts' Own time short. Scouters will need to provide guidance and support to Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Remember to include the Promise and Law, but after that please adapt the framework as you wish.
In good Scouting fashion, involve a team of youth in leading the Scouts' Own, if possible.