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 prescribe “serving humanity through completely selfless service.”
There is no limit to what a Sikh Scout 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 Religious Awards
Sikh Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Sikh Religious Award available at each grade level. Workbooks are available for each:
For more information about Sikhs and Scouting download the “Sikhs and Scouts” brochure (below) that was created by a Garden State Council volunteer (and proud parent of two Sikh Eagle Scouts). This brochure was adopted by the National Council of Boy Scouts of America.
The second brochure by the American Sikh Council answers Why Sikhs Should Join Scouting.
To learn more about the Sikhs in Scouting initiative, download the brochure by the American Sikh Council.
If you would like to bring Scouting to your Sikh community, or would like to know more about how to involve your child with a traditional Scouting unit, please contact: Kavneet (Kavi) Pannu, President of the American Sikh Council and an Assistant Scoutmaster for a Scouts BSA Troop in Berlin, N.J.
Sikh Scouts in the Media
- This classic video from 1941 shows 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-American Teen Writes Book to Raise Awareness about Bullying.
- Sikh Teen achieves Hornaday Award
- Scouter Kavneet Pannu helps teach Scouts about Sikhism