Join In Events

Join in events are simply coordinated events where Scouts around the world simultaneously participate locally in the event. This type of event allows Scouts to take part in activities at the same time as other Scouts, promoting the idea of Scouting brotherhood. Participants are awarded a badge as a recognition of having participated in the worldwide event.

Scouts' Day
USA
February 8 each year

Marks the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in 1910

Scout Sunday, Scout Jumuah, and Scout Sabbath
USA
February each Year

The Boy Scouts of America have designated the Sunday preceding 8 February, or 8 February if it is a Sunday, as Scout Sunday, the following Friday as Scout Jumuah, and the following Saturday is designated as Scout Sabbath. The United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) celebrate Scout Sunday on the second Sunday of February as not to conflict with their Transfiguration Sunday.

The day is meant to mark the founding of the Scouts in the United States. Observation varies by unit and locale. Scouts go to their places of worship in uniform and help with the service.

In the United States, Scouting has been used by churches, temples, synagogues, and many other religious organizations as part of their youth ministries. Approximately 50 percent of all Scouting units are chartered to religious groups. These observances offer an opportunity for congregations to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program.

Founder’s Day
February 22, 2018

Worldwide in nearly all Scout associations, Founders' Day is celebrated on 22 February, the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (born in 1857), the founder of Scouting, and coincidentally also of his wife Olave Baden-Powell (born in 1889).

World Thinking Day
February 22, 2018

World Thinking Day is a day to think about the meaning of Guiding and Scouting and about Scouts and Guides in all the countries of the world. Many troops use it as an opportunity to study about other countries and cultures. Donations are collected for the Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Guides and Scouts around the world. February 22 was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell and also of Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide.

Scout Scarf Day
August 1, 2018

The idea of "Scout Scarf Day" is that all active and former scouts are requested to wear their scout scarfs in public to make the "Spirit of Scouting" visible: Once a Scout - Always a Scout! The date of the event commemorates the very first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island in 1907.

Visit http://www.scoutscarfday.com for more information.

International Day of Peace
September 21, 2018

Description: World Scout Conference
Resolution 1990-15

Jamboree on the Air - JOTA
October 19 - 21, 2018

Scouts around the world share much in common, and Scouting encourages them to use that mutual understanding as the basis for learning about each other, making friends, and building a better and more peaceful world. The word "Jamboree" is said to have been invented by Baden-Powell as a name for an event which brings Scouts together from around the world. The first World Jamboree was in 1920, and it was a remarkable, historic, event bringing together some 8,000 Scouts from 34 countries. The spirit and drive for Scouts to get together at international events has never diminished, and there are hundreds of "international" Scouting events each year. Getting together does not always require a physical presence. In 1957, the concept of the World Scout Jamboree On The Air was launched, and it has been a popular event that today involves more than 500,000 Scouts and Girl Guides who communicate with each other on the third weekend of each October by amateur radio and related technology.

The National Council has provided an extensive library of information designed specifically to support JOTA. You will find fact sheets, participant certificates, station registration, tips on best practices, and much more. Visit JOTA at National BSA...

Jamboree on the Internet - JOTI
October 19 - 21, 2018

In November 1996 the World Scout Committee, noting that Scouting already had a considerable presence on the Internet, and that there was already an informal and rapidly growing Jamboree on the Internet, decided that JOTI should become an official international Scouting event, and that it should be held on the same weekend as the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).

The World Scout Jamboree on the Internet is held on the third full weekend of October each year, starting at 00:00 hours local time on the Saturday and concluding 48 hours later at 24:00 hours local time on the Sunday.

Special Internet Jamborees may also be organized in conjunction with local, national and international Scouting events which are held at other times of the year.

Information about JOTI is maintained on BSA National Council web site and the World Organization of the Scout Movement website.

World Scout Radio Nets

Weekly or monthly nets exist in which licensed Scouts meet on the air. Click Here for more information.

Peace Light from Bethlehem
“share the light of peace”
December 9th through January 16th
Atlanta Area Council Volunteer Service Center

Peace Light from Bethlehem is a campaign to share the light of peace with others. The ever-burning flame from a grotto in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, is brought via airplane from Bethlehem, to Europe, and then to New York via Austrian Airlines. This initiative has involved scouts for many years. The Peace Light will arrive in New York on November 25th, and will be received by scouts and scouters who will transport it and share it with others as it winds its way across the USA.

For the first time, the scouts of the Atlanta Area Council will participate in the sharing of the Peace Light. Participants can share the message of PEACE with scout units, Courts of Honor, neighbors, friends, houses of worship, hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, prisons, cultural centers, etc. We hope that it will be shared with anyone who appreciates the significance of the “gift” of peace, as it is a reminder that it is our duty to always work for peace. Districts and all individual units are invited and encouraged to participate. When and how you choose to distribute the Peace Light is up to you.

Beginning on Saturday, December 9th, the Peace Light will be burning in a paraffin lamp in the Program Office at the Atlanta Area Council. On December 9th, Peace Light volunteers will be there from 9AM to 1PM to help with distribution. Thereafter, and until December 24th, scouts and scouters may bring a lantern or candle to the Program Office to receive the light from the lantern and distribute the Peace Light into the world.

In the event you are unable to keep your Peace Light continually burning after receiving it, please know that once your light or candle is lit with the Peace Light, it is considered INFUSED, and can be extinguished and re-lit as necessary. The Peace Light lives on, even if temporarily extinguished.

For more information about the Peace Light from Bethlehem, it's origins, and some great pictures of the light's travels visit www.peacelight.org and join the Facebook Group, Peace Light North America, https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeaceLightNorthAmerica/about/

CONTACTS:

Fontaine Kohler, fontainekohler@bellsouth.net, Troop 370/Phoenix District

Mike Gulledge, mwgulledge@aol.com, AAC International Representative

John Lyon, twobigcats@bellsouth.net, AAC Religious Relations Committee Chair

 

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