Religious Emblem Program

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duty-to-god.jpgA Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblem programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs.

Religious emblems can play a vital role in the overall development of young people. Besides providing specific religious instruction, the religious emblems programs share many of the values that are integral to the Scouting program, such as service to the community, intergenerational relationships, friendship-making skills, and positive self-esteem. The religious emblems programs provide opportunities for young people to reinforce and internalize the values they have learned in Scouting and to relate them to their faith.

For more information, download the religious emblems program brochure.

Also, be sure to check the Council Calendar for the next Religious Emblem Weekend for Protestant and Catholic Scouts. A great opportunity to start working toward your emblem with many other scouts at Camp Edgewood.

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