CRESTVIEW — A number of area Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will earn their religious emblem during a Feb. 23 ceremony at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pensacola.
But this past weekend, they and other scouts were recognized for continuing a 103-year-old tradition.
The Boy Scouts of America annually celebrates its Feb. 8, 1910, founding based on the program Lord Robert Baden-Powell started in England.
Scout Sunday was added to the U.S. scout movement founding celebration in the mid-1940s. Scout Sunday is always the Sunday preceding Feb. 8. The Saturday following Feb. 8 is Scout Sabbath.
The Scout Sunday tradition was started to make people in houses of worship aware of scouting, and to allow scouts to live out their weekly pledge of "Duty to God."
The Scout Law says that a "Scout is Reverent" and scouts of all ages promise to do their "Duty to God." These values strengthen youth character in their family, community and faith.