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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,


                              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 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 



[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)


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