The Community of the Servants of Jesus and Mary has a direct historical reference to scouting: The first founding members of the SJM were all long-time and enthusiastic scouts in the KPE. The SJM itself was only ever founded because they were seeking an opportunity to combine as harmoniously as possible the ideals of scouting with a priestly vocation. The SJM will therefore always remain spiritually associated with scouting.
Scouting is more than just "A good deed daily". Behind the scouting idea lies a comprehensive concept of education, that supports young people in the integral development of their physical, temperamental and spiritual faculties.
Certainly, many members have joined over the years from a non-scouting background. One does not have to be a scout first in order to join the order. There is no cooking in our kitchen over an open fire, nor sleeping by night in tents! However, the SJM does try to continue on the level of religious life the spiritual ideal which is essential to the Catholic Scouting Movement - and as concretely as possible: in the simplicity of personal and community lifestyles, in the modesty of external comfort, in the ability and readiness to look after oneself in everyday matters. Daily chores such as cooking, cleaning, washing and so on are undertaken as far as possible by the men themselves. In this "scoutish" simplicity - that was taken for granted in earlier times, but today has widely been lost - there lies in the SJM part of a realisation of the vow of poverty.
In these skills of "self-provision" are to be found many advantages also for pastoral care. As a priest with many spiritual and social duties one can easily tempt the danger of losing a reference to manual labour - from a lack of time and opportunity, sometimes perhaps also from comfort. Therefore it is important to understand through one’s own experience the situations of people who earn their living with their own hands.
Last but not least, the SJM has remained closely associated with the scouting movement, because scouting methods have proven themselves as outstanding instruments for the pastoral care of youth. As an integral educational method it promotes the development of all of one’s abilities - physical, social, spiritual, mental, spiritual faculties. Not without reason did the Church recognise the worth of such an education and make every effort to promote Catholic scouting, very soon after the founding of the scout movement in 1907. Pope Benedict XVI explained in 2007: "Scouting nourished by the Gospel is a place of strong Christian proposal, a true spiritual and moral maturation as well as a genuine path of holiness." Therefore the scouting pedagogy has been until today the preferred - if not the exclusive - means of education for the SJM in her youth work. The Vatican itself in the establishment decree of the SJM codified scouting as a particular focus of her work.