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The Islamic Faith and Being a Scout in Adventure Scouts USA PDF Print E-mail

The Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA encourage our Scouts to have a spiritual approach to life.  We provide the leadership to support the growth and character development of our co-ed membership and the greater community.  We accomplish this by providing contemporary skill-oriented activities that enrich individuals on a non-discriminatory basis.  We put principles of mutual respect into practice through FUN social activities, enhancing character as instilled by parents, personal achievement, learning by doing, and related educational programs promoting good character in our members and the greater community.

We enable our Scouts to understand and live their life by the six pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!, and we expect our Scouts to be as good as their word.

Our teams may be sponsored by Muslim temples and organizations.  Our Team Sponsors are those who work for the benefit of youth.
Through a yearly renewable agreement, Team Sponsors use our Scout Programs as part of their effort to benefit the youth in their congregation and other youth in the community.  Team Sponsors may control program content, membership in their team, and religious responsibilities. 

Together, the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA along with Muslim Temples and organizations can increase participation by Muslim families, and strengthen Muslim values through character education, and a sense of belonging.

We welcome Muslim Scouts and members and enable fulfillment of their religious responsibilities.

We assist our Muslim Scouts and members to integrate their faith into everyday life and help families to share their faith on their child’s journey of faith.

Ideals such as charity, known as zakat, are very important to Muslims, as is sadaqat, both of which are performed by believers who give to others for the common good of society.  Sadaqat, the embodiment of a good deed which everyone can perform, is similarly something our Scouts value. Good deeds are the essence of being a Scout in the Scout Programs of Adventure Scouts USA.  Our Scouts also take part in service to the greater community.  Our Scouts regularly adopt comprehensive projects of service which they choose, organize, and lead.  Our highest award, the Challenger Award, is a comprehensive undertaking which results in a substantial change for their communities, and must be sustainable without them.

Our Scouts are brothers and sisters to all other Scouts and bring a sense of brotherhood to their teams and communities. The concept of charity in Islam is directly linked to justice, such as it recognizes that every human being has the right to the fullness of life.  Our Scouts make their contribution to issues near to their hearts, such as eliminating homelessness and eradicating hunger and poverty.

Traditions such as the greatest charity for a Muslim is to learn something and then teach it to others, are important to the Islamic faith.  Similarly, our Scouts use Learning By Doing as their method of teaching others.

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