World Humanism Day
Written by Jennifer Buchan, Explorer Scout Leader and Humanist Chaplain (University of Strathclyde)
World Humanism Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of June, which is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1952, following the very first Humanist Congress meeting in Amsterdam, the founders of Humanists International agreed on the fundamental principles of modern Humanism. Those fundamentals were laid down in the document that was called “The Amsterdam Declaration”. Fifty years later, The Amsterdam Declaration was updated, as Humanists appreciate that evolution means change, and the document has to remain relevant for the world we live in today.
Humanists believe that every human being has the right to feel safe, to be educated, to have access to health care, and to be loved, no matter their gender, sexuality, colour, belief system, culture, which country they were born in, and which country they end up in.
Being a Humanist also comes with a great deal of responsibility, as we have to look after our planet, to the very best of our abilities, using the information and technology that science has given us.
On World Humanism Day we can look back and begin to appreciate all of the incredible things that human beings have achieved, and we can look forward and begin to realise all of the things that we still have to achieve. And we can achieve phenomenal things, because human beings can really be amazing (especially if they are wearing a neckie).
Did you know we have a Scout Promise for those who are Humanist? You can find all the variations of Scout Promises here.
If you're looking for some Summer Solstice activities for your groups Scouts have some inspiration for you here.