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.
Scouts' Own - A Basic Framework
Welcome To end this evening, we are going to share a Scout’s Own. I invite you to get ready to think about who we are as Scouts. We have had a fun evening. Now it is time to think about what Scouting means to us.
Opening Prayer/Reflection Choose an opening prayer or words of reflection connected with your theme/story/reading.
Scout Promise and Motto Please stand and make the Scout salute and join me in saying the Scout Promise. (Say Promise.) And what is our Motto? (Say Motto.)
Scout Law Please listen as I say the Scout Law, and think about how you live this every day. (Say Law.)
Song Choose a song that fits the theme and the reflective spirit of the Scouts’ Own. It might be one to sing together or one to which everyone listens. Make a few comments about why you have chosen this song.
Reading or Story or Quotation Share what you have chosen and what it means to you. If you wish, invite a discussion or response to what you have shared.
One or more Songs, Poems, Sayings Additional songs, poems, readings, or sayings may be added.
What are you thankful for this evening? We’re going to go around the group and I’m going to invite each person say one thing for which he or she is thankful at this moment. Please remember to give a respectful answer as part of this Scouts' Own. (Go around the group and give each person a turn.)
Closing Words Choose a closing prayer, words of blessing, quotation or poem to send the Scouts on their way.