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Prayers and Graces for Scouts

A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. She respects the beliefs of others. Find prayers and graces for use in your program below.

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A Scouts Prayer

A Prayer for Scouts by Lord Baden-Powell

The Prayer for Scouts is like a special guide that helps Scouts remember the important qualities they should have, like being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, and kind. It’s a way to ask for help in being the best Scout possible, by being friendly, polite, brave, and respectful to everyone and everything around them. This prayer isn’t about one specific religion; it’s for all Scouts, no matter what they believe. It reminds Scouts to respect nature, to be clean in thoughts and actions, and to live by the Scout Law every day, making the world a better place.

Scout Law Prayer

Scout Law Prayer

This invocation is a spiritual reflection that encapsulates the values of the Scout Law, guiding Scouts towards living a life of integrity, kindness, and respect for nature. It calls upon Scouts to embody virtues such as trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, and bravery, fostering a deep sense of moral responsibility and reverence for the divine. This reflection serves as a universal reminder of the importance of faith and character in the Scouting journey, making it appropriate for a Scout’s Own service and other ceremonies, and inspiring Scouts to be agents of positive change in their communities.

Peace Prayer

This is one of my favorite prayers. It reflects a message of peace. You can learn more about this prayer here.

Native American Prayer

Native American Prayer

Native American lore is an important part of the Scouts BSA and Cub Scout programs. This Native American prayer is attributed to Chief Sealth (for whom Seattle is named).


philmont grace

Philmont Grace

This Philmont grace is also known as the Wilderness Grace or the Worth Ranch Grace. It is attributed to Jerry Fulkerson from the Worth Ranch Scout Camp in Texas.

S bar F Scout Ranch Grace

This is the S bar F Ranch grace. I will mention that at one point we had an SPL who took issue with the words Great Spirit and replaced them with Lord. But our other Scouts had no problem with it, saying that Great Spirit was another name for the Creator.

Grace Songs

Johnny Appleseed Grace Song

Johnny Appleseed Song

The Johnny Appleseed Song is a grace sung by Scouts before meals. It is named after Johnny Appleseed, an American folk hero who planted apple trees. The song thanks the Lord for the sun, rain, and apple seeds. It is a way for Scouts to show gratitude and appreciate nature. The song promotes values like community, sharing, and generosity. It is often sung at campouts, meetings, and events. Simple and joyful, the song helps build a sense of unity among Scouts while honoring the legacy of Johnny Appleseed.

Auld Lang Syne Grace

Here’s a grace which is sung to the tune of Auld Lang Syne. This makes a really wonderful Thanksgiving grace. Or it would be a good addition to a Scout’s Own prayer service.

Addams Family Grace

This is another favorite Cub Scout grace to sing. The tune is the theme of the Addams Family show. (Hence the name.)

God Is Great Grace (Rock Around the Clock)

Singing a grace is a nice way to remember that “A Scout Is Reverent” when you are out at camp this summer. At our local Cub Scout camp, packs take turns volunteering to lead grace in the dining hall.  Teaching them prayers as a song will help five or six of them get up and do it

Edelweiss Grace

A Scout is Reverent.  So don’t forget grace before meals. There are many grace songs which are appropriate for Scouts and they work well if not all of your group shares the same faith background. This grace is sung to the tune of  Edelweiss. If you don’t know it, you need to watch Sound of Music.


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