Sikhs and Scouting
Sikhs and Scouting
Many opportunities exist for Sikh youth to participate in Scouting programs. The Scout Oath and Scout Law blend seamlessly with the Sikh belief system, and the focus on giving back to your community goes hand in hand with the Sikh teachings that proscribe "serving humanity through completely selfless service."
There is no limit to what a Sikh Scouts can do, from hiking and camping to becoming an Eagle Scout. Sikh Scouts are allowed to wear traditional Turbans as part of the Scout uniform.
Sikh Scouts also have the opportunity to earn the Sikh Religious Awards.
Workbooks are available for grades 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Upon completion the Scouts will earn their religious medals.
For more information about religious awards visit: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/membership/charter_orgs/religious.aspx
Or download the workbooks below.
For more information about Sikhs and Scouting click on the "Sikhs and Scouts" brochure that was created by a Garden State Council Volunteer (and proud parent of two Sikh Eagle Scouts), and was adopted by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. Click here for another brochure on why Sikhs should join Scouting. Click here to learn more about the Sikhs in Scouting initiative.
If you would like to bring Scouting to your Sikh community, or would like to know more about how to involve your son with a traditional Scouting unit, please contact: Kavneet (Kavi) Pannu President of the American Sikh Council and an Assistant Scoutmaster for 48 in Berlin, NJ.
In the News:
This classic video from 1941shows longtime Sikh involvement in Scouting. Sikh Scouts pay tribute to, and serve as the funeral escorts for Lord Baden-Powell during the funeral and burial in Nyeri, Kenya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUtANggZntI
Sikh Scouts in the News: Sikh-American Teen Writes Book to Raise Awareness about Bullying.