USSSP: A Scout's Duty to God and Country

SONGS

 

Songs like graces and prayers should be selected with care to avoid any words or images that would indicate a preference for a single religion or language that might be offensive to another faith.  As Scouters, we must teach Scouts to be tolerant of each others differing views and that it is right for each to worship in his own way.  We don't want to create an environment that makes Scouts uncomfortable with their own faiths or feel like the group is isolating them.  Thus a very beautiful song such as Let Us Break Bread Together would not be appropriate because it describes the Christian Sacrament of Holy Communion,  a rite not common to many other faiths.  Songs that express universal themes of faith, joy, thanks, or other values as they relate to a common maker are more appropriate.  For example, in the Cub Scout Song Book[1] you will find several songs that are appropriate including:

 

                              Bless Our Cub Scouts,

                              Cub Scout Prayer,

                              Cub Scout Vespers,

                              Good Night, Cub Scouts,

                              Happy Wanderer, The,

                              Round the Campfire,

                              Taps,

                              Who'll Come A-Scouting; and,

 

and in the Boy Scout Song Book[2] you will find several more for Boy Scouts and Explorers including:

                              Abide With Me,

                              Faith Of Our Fathers,

                              Father We Thank Thee For The Night,

                              God Bless America,

                              Grace,

                              Grace Song,

                              Scout Benediction, The,

                              Scout Leader's Prayer,

                              Scout Vespers Song,

                              Shalom A'leychem,

                              Taps, and

                              We're On The Upward Trail.

 

Several other religious songs that express universal themes of faith, joy, thanks, or other values, which you may wish to consider are found in Scouts Worship:[3]

 

                              Abide With Me

                              Day Is Done

                              He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

                              Let There Be Peace on Earth

                              Morning Has Broken

                              O God, Our Help In Ages Past 

                              Shalom


 

[1]      Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Songbook, No. 3222A (1988).

 

[2]      Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout Songbook, No. 3224A (1991).

[3]      Leo Symmank, Scouts Worship, National Lutheran Association of Scouters (1992)

 

Scouts Using the Internet Cartoon - Courtesy of Richard Diesslin - Click to See More Cartoons
© 1994-2014 - U.S. Scouting Service Project | Site Map | Disclaimer | Project Team | Web Stats | Contact Us | Privacy Policy
USSSP is Proud to be Hosted by Latisys.com and Lunarpages.com.

Materials found at U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. Websites may be reproduced and used locally by Scouting volunteers for training purposes consistent with the programs of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) [Links to BSA Sites], the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) or other Scouting and Guiding Organizations. No material found here may be used or reproduced for electronic redistribution or for commercial or other non-Scouting purposes without the express permission of the U. S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. (USSSP) or other copyright holders. USSSP is not affiliated with BSA or WOSM and does not speak on behalf of BSA or WOSM. Opinions expressed on these web pages are those of the web authors. You can support this website with in two ways: Visit Our Trading Post at www.ScoutingBooks.com or make a donation by clicking the button below.
(U.S. Scouting Service Project Donation)


(Ruth Lyons Memorial Donations)