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Faith events, Promise renewals and Scouts' Own

Faith events, such as Scouts' Own, have always been an important part of Scouting. It is important to ensure that Promise renewal and events which incorporate spiritual reflection are truly inclusive and culturally appropriate for all.

Faith events are a good opportunity for young people to share in spiritual reflection. Sharing in spiritual reflection is a very wide and deep activity and can occur in many forms. It is important to enable young people to spend some time taking stock of themselves and the world around them. To ensure all participants are comfortable, the event should be carefully considered.

Scouts' Own

A Scouts' Own is a gathering of Scouts, which is often theme-based, focusing on personal and spiritual development, devised and presented by young people. The best Scouts' Own events give young people an opportunity to have fun preparing, presenting and taking part. All Scouts' Own offer the opportunities to reflect the faith, beliefs and attitudes of the individuals within the Group.

St. George's Day Celebrations

Lord Baden-Powell chose St.George to be the Patron Saint of Scouting. He felt that Saint George presented in legends set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance.

St.George's Day is on April 23rd every year and is traditionally an opportunity for Members to renew their Promise.

Promise ceremonies and renewals

It has been good practice for many years to invite Members to renew their Promise 'in their own words' and it is important that this is always incorporated into Promise events. The different versions of the Promise can be said together in unison.

Getting young people involved

Your event should be planned with young people. Include them in all the planning stages, let them make important decisions and ideally, they should be the main deliverers of the event.

For large events, the best way to ensure the event is appropriate for all participants is to form a planning team which includes Members of the different faiths, beliefs and attitudes who will be attending.

Open to all

It is very important that you make everyone feel comfortable at your event. For practical considerations view the Faith Events chapter in Rise to the Challenge.


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