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									                     A Scout is Reverent:
                 Religious Emblems Program
                          George Mason District Roundtable
                            National Capital Area Council
                               Boy Scouts of America
                                  February 8, 2007


Prepared by: Dr Rich Goodwin
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Reverence

                             Reverence to God and reverence for
                             one's neighbor and reverence for oneself
                             as a servant of God, is the basis of every
                             form of religion. The method of
                             expression of reverence to God varies
                             with every sect and denomination. What
                             sect or denomination a boy belongs to
                             depends, as a rule on his parents' wishes.
                             It is they who decide. It is our business to
                             respect their wishes and to second their
                             efforts to inculcate reverence, what ever
                             form of the religion the boy professes.
                             Robert Baden-Powell, Aids to Scoutmastership



On my honor, I promise to do my duty, to God and my country...
Agenda

• Learning Objectives
• The Basics
• Religious Emblems for
  Youth
• Adult Role and Recognition
• The Role of Religion in Cub
  Scouting
• Special Opportunities
• Conclusion
Learning Objectives

• Understand the role of
  religion in Scouting
• Understand the BSA
  religious emblems program
• Understand how to provide
  religious opportunities in
  Scout events


       Religious Awards--A Scout is Reverent. Most faiths offer religious
       education programs for Cub Scouts and Leaders, with awards presented
       to those who learn about their faith. We’ll help you get started in this
       exciting program and integrate it into your Den and Pack program.
The Basics
        Statement of Religious Principle                       Religious Emblems Program.
•   The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) maintains       •   To encourage members to grow stronger in
    that no member can grow into the best kind          their faith, religious groups have developed
    of citizen without recognizing an obligation        the following religious emblems programs. The
    to God and, therefore, recognizes the               Boy Scouts of America has approved of these
    religious element in the training of the            programs and allows the emblems to be worn
    member, but is absolutely non-sectarian in          on the official uniform. The various religious
    its attitude toward that religious training.        groups administer the programs. Check with
                                                        your local council service center or contact the
•   The Boy Scouts of America's policy is that          religious organization directly to obtain the
    the home and the organization or group with         curriculum booklets.
    which the member is connected shall give
    definite attention to religious life. Only      •   For Scouts. Most religious bodies have
    persons willing to subscribe to this                specific programs for the different stages of
    Declaration of Religious Principle and to the       Scouts. The religious body establishes the
    Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall           requirements and Scouting acknowledges the
    be entitled to certificates of leadership.          achievement with a religious emblem worn on
                                                        the Scout Uniform
•   Adult Registration Application B.S.A. No.
    28-501K                                         •   For Adults. Religious emblems for adult
                                                        recognize exceptional service to youth
                                                    •   Wearing the Awards. Service uniform: knot
                                                        with appropriate device. Dress: medal


             A 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.
  How do I get started?
 Step 1: Youth members must obtain
  the specific booklet for their
  religion
 Step 2: Parents must review the
  program guidelines
 Step 3: Families should talk to their
  religious leaders and show them
  the booklet before beginning any
  program
 Step 4: The youth member needs to
  complete the requirements, obtain
  the proper signatures, and follow
  the instructions to order the
  emblem
 Resources
     BSA Handout
     Duty to God brochure
     Letter to Parents




  There are scripts, slides, and a video… guess where?
    Jewish Youth Awards
•   Maccabee emblem is intended to involve the families
    of boys in first through third grades as partners in the
    experiences related to the award. To earn the
    Maccabee, a Cub Scout must complete requirements
    in six categories: Jewish personalities, holidays,
    vocabulary, symbols and objects, community helpers,
    and heroes.
•   Aleph emblem is earned through a home-centered set
    of activities for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts (third
    through fifth grades), centering on the Torah, prayer,
    holidays, American-Jewish heritage, the synagogue,
    and Eretz Yisrael.
•   Ner Tamid emblem provides an opportunity for Boy           Scout Sabbath offers an opportunity
    Scouts to enhance their knowledge of Judaism               for worshippers to honor Scouts and
    through advanced activities that strengthen the            Scouters, as well as to learn more
    youth's relationship with his rabbi. Central to the Ner
    Tamid are service projects for the synagogue or other      themselves about the value of
    chartered organizations that are organized and             Scouting as a youth program
    completed by the Scout.                                    chartered to a Jewish organization. It
•   Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) Award is designed for Boy         gives a rabbi a framework to address
    Scouts in high school, ages 14 to 18, and registered       Scouts directly, in addition to
    Venturers, ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the award is
    to encourage young adults to explore adult Jewish          speaking about Scouting to the
    roles in the context of family, community, and Jewish      congregation
    people. The requirements can be completed in six
    months and require a counselor.
  Catholic Youth Awards
Light of Christ. This emblem is given to Tiger Cubs and Cub Scouts
    (through Wolf rank) for advancement in spiritual growth and
    religious knowledge. It is the first of five religious emblems
    available to Catholic youth involved with Scouting.
Parvuli Dei. This is a Christian family emblem to recognize Cub
    Scouts and Webelos Scouts for advancement in religious
    knowledge and spiritual formation. With the help of parents or
    guardians, the boy becomes more aware of God's presence in
    his daily life, especially within his home and community.
Ad Altare Dei. The purpose of earning the Ad Altare Dei emblem is
    to equip the Scout to take his place in the world as a maturing
    Catholic and a maturing American. With a religious emblems
    counselor, the boy meets requirements in eight steps covering
    the sacraments of initiation and the sacraments of maturity.
Light Is Life. This recognition is designed for Boy Scouts of the
    Eastern-Rite Catholic Churches. The content is based on the
    ''God With Us'' series of the Eastern Christian Formation
    Program to prepare the Scout to be an active member of his
    faith community, as well as his civic community. With the help of
    an emblems counselor, catechist, or priest, the Scout meets
    requirements in five steps covering the Holy Mysteries and
    Eastern Christian spirituality. The Light Is Life respects the
    cultural and ritual differences among the various rites.
Pope Pius XII. Scouts of high-school age and young men and
    women who are Venturers are eligible for this award. The
    requirements cover five units: We as Christians, Today's
    Vocation, Awareness of Responsibility to Self and Society,
    Citizenship—Home and Community, and Our Response to
    Faith.

 NOTE: There are also Catholic Unit Awards
Protestant Youth Awards
• Awards are available to boys and girls
  involved in the following programs: Boy
  Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and
  Sunday School programs.
   • God and Me: For Tiger Cubs and
      Cub Scouts, grades one through
      three
   • God and Family: For fourth- and
      fifth-grade Cub Scouts and
      Webelos Scouts
   • God and Church: For sixth- to
      eighth-grade Boy Scouts and
      Varsity Scouts
   • God and Life: For older Boy
      Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and female
      and male Venturers
Adult Roles
                                                      Adult Mentor Program
                                                •   An optional program for parents.
            Adult Counselor                     •   Parents must work under the supervision of
                                                    the pastor or counselor as "student"
•    Usually a minister, priest, or rabbi
                                                •   Complete the Adult Mentor Packet. Helps
•    Some programs may allow the pastor             them focus on role as mentor.
     to designate a lay leader or other adult   •   Meet with their counselor to review their
     in the church to teach the course              work and to discuss the issues raised
•    The counselor serves as an instructor      •   Work with their children to complete God
     who gives assignments to the young             and Country Student Workbook
     people, and it is the young people who     •   Meet with their counselor after completing
     do all the work.                               each section in workbook
                                                •   Order the recognition items from P.R.A.Y.
    A Gentle Caution: You may have to               With forms signed by pastor.
                                                •   Upon completion of program, plan a
    purchase and review the materials               recognition ceremony in the church to
    and then explain the pastor, priest, or         celebrate your accomplishments.
    rabbi’s role to them.
    Adult Recognition
                                                                          Jewish SHOFAR
Adult Religious Award Criteria                                          A silver Ner Tamid
 Leadership in the Church                                              pendant superimposed
                                                                        on a silver Shofar,
 Youth Ministry through the Church                                     suspended from a blue-
 Leadership in the Youth Agency                                        and-white ribbon.
                                                                        Recognize outstanding
 Training: List adult training programs of the                         service by adults
  youth agency completed by the nominee
 Service to Youth through the Youth Agency
 Promotion of Youth Agency Units
 Outstanding Contributions




Catholic
•Bronze Pelican for adult Scout leaders in some dioceses
•St. George emblem for adult Scout leaders
•Silver St. George emblem for adult Scout leaders working at the national level
    Wearing the Awards
•   For formal occasions, wear the medal pin on the left pocket
•   For other occasions, wear the religious emblem square knot
    with appropriate devices
•   Miniature device worn with the youth religious emblem square
    knot indicates emblem(s) earned as a youth:
     • Wear Cub Scout device, No. 00926,(C) first-level emblem
         (God and Me, Maccabee) earned as a Tiger Cub or Cub
         Scout
     • Webelos Scout device, No. 00932, (K)for second-level
         emblem (God and Family, Parvuli Dei, Faith in God, Light of
         the World, Aleph, etc.) earned as a Webelos Scout;
     • Boy Scout Device, No. 00927,(D) emblem earned as a Boy
         Scout
     • Explorer device, No. 00930, (G) emblem earned as an
         Explorer or older Boy Scout or Varsity Scout
•   Only one knot is worn, but any combination of devices may be
    worn on the same knot
Youth, Adult, Family, Church
                   BSA Family Award
•   Complete, w/in 12-month period, requirements 1 and 2 plus
    three more of the remaining. As a family:
•   1. Decide how many times each month you will meet to
    achieve the Boy Scouts of America Family Award.
    Make a commitment.
•   2. Improve skills discussed in six or more of the 14
    Family Talk areas.
•   3. Plan and participate in one or more family outings.
•   4. Start one new family tradition.
•   5. Do a "Good Turn" for an individual, a group, or your
    community (elderly, needy, handicapped, nursing
    home, charitable fund-raisers, cleanup days, etc.)
•   6. Attend religious services of your choice at least
    once each month.
•   7. Attend or participate in at least two Scouting
    activities or functions (Scouting shows, pinewood
    derby, Scouting banquets, flag-raising ceremonies,
    etc.).
•   8. Identify your local BSA council and neighborhood
    Cub Scout pack.
Religious Thread in Cub Scouts
Tiger Cubs:                                       Webelos: Your Religious Duties
•   1. Know your family.                          •   Earn the religious emblem of your faith or
     • 1. Discuss your family’s traditions.       •   Do two of the following:
•   2. Know your Community.                            •   Attend the church, synagogue, mosque, or
     •    7. Visit a place of worship different            other religious organization of your choice;
         from your own.                                    tell what you learned.
     • 8. Invite your pastor or rabbi to dinner        •   Tell how your religious beliefs fit in with the
                                                           Scout Oath and Scout Law, and discuss with
Wolf Achievement 11: Duty to God                           your family
•   Talk with parents about duty to God                •   With your religious leader, list and do two
•   Give ideas about showing religious beliefs             things you think will help you draw nearer to
•   Help church, synagogue, or fellowship                  God
                                                       •   Pray to God daily as taught for 1 month
Bear Achievement 1: Ways We Worship
                                                       •   Under the direction of your religious leader,
•   Practice your religion as taught                       do an act of service for someone
•   How do I worship God? Prayer, study, acts          •   List at least two ways in which you believe
Bear Achievement 2: Emblems of Faith                       you have been a good example and lived in
•   Earn the religious emblem of your faith                accordance with your religious beliefs
God in the Unit
       Scout Promise
       Openings and Closings
       Blue and Gold
       Campfires
       Graces
       Inspirational Songs
       The Scout Religious Service
       Service Projects
Resources
                                            http://www.scouting.org/awards/religious/index.html

                                                                       Additional POCs
                                                                       Vice President, Relationships Rev. Robert Chance
                                                                            Staff Adviser, Dan Mullin, 301-214-9152
                                                                            dmullin@boyscouts-ncac.org
                                                                       P.R.A.Y.
Position           Name             Phone Number   Email Address            8520 Mackenzie Road
                                                   pmberney@hot
                                                                            St. Louis, MO 63123
Chairman           Patrick Berney   703-255-2445
                                                        mail.com            (800) 933-7729
                                                   jstone@boysco           http://www.praypub.org/
Staff Advisor      Joe Stone        703-583-3690         uts-          LDS: Church Distribution Center,
                                                         ncac.org
                                                                            1999 West 1700 South,
Membership Ch      Margaret                        jimquail@aol.co
    air                  Matarese
                                    540-371-8093
                                                         m                  Salt Lake City UT 84104, 800-537-5923
                                                   scouter@cox.n
                                                                       Islam: National Islamic Committee on Scouting,
Publicity Chair    Bill Rosenmund   703-264-0798
                                                         et                 PO Box 51931, Indianapolis IN 46251-0931
Religious
                                                   tzag3@comcas
                                                                       Jewish: National Jewish Committee on Scouting,
       Awards      Ted Zagrobelny   703-491-2724
       Chair
                                                         t.net              1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
Fairfax /
                                                                            PO Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079
       Arlington
                                                   sdpdtexans@e             http://www.shamash.org/scouts/
       Scout
       Retreat
                   Scott Douglas    703-764-3473         arthlink.n         CVC Jewish Committee on Scouting MAC:
                                                         et                 lroitstein@mac.bsa.org
       Informati
       on
                                                                       http://usscouts.org/scoutduty/index.html
Religious
       Emblems
                                                   grayshoe@quix
       Counsel     Mark Hanson      703-490-3156
                                                         net.net
       or
       Training
     Duty to God Promotion Patch
 •    Purpose: To learn about and promote religious emblems
 •    Requirements:
        •   Attend or make a presentation on religious emblems
        •   and make a commitment to Duty to God
 •    Eligibility: Both youth and adults of all faiths
 •    For more information:
       • Patch Requirements Handout /
       • Order Form
       • Duty to God Resources DVD
       • Frequently Asked Questions
       • News Release
       • Price Discounts
       • Commemorative Patch - Special Limited Edition
       • Donate to this Program
       • http://www.praypub.org/




Make a commitment to Duty to God: Making a commitment to Duty to God can mean
talking to your clergy about earning your religious emblem, presenting information to your
congregation, helping younger Scouts learn about religious emblems, etc.
Discussion (Quiz)
 What are the Religious Recognition Programs and who creates them?
 How do I find out which religious groups have created Religious
  Recognition Programs?
 I have a troop with children of all different faiths. How can I include the
  religious recognition programs for my troop?
 Do the children have to belong to a church or synagogue?
 Why doesn't my church or synagogue know about the Religious
  Recognition Programs?
 If the religious growth program for my faith has more than one level (for the
  different grade levels), may I earn all of these levels?
 How do I start my child on these programs?
 How long does it take?
 Where should the award be presented?
 Where can I obtain the materials?
Who was St. George???
Soldier, Martyr.
•    Feast Day: 23 April
•    Tortured, beheaded, c.304 Lydda, Palestine;
Golden Legend.
•    Slew dragon near Silena, Libya. Hearing the story of a
     princess was to be eaten, he crossed himself, rode to battle
     against the serpent, and killed it
•    George then held forth with a magnificent sermon, converted
     the locals. Given a large reward by the king, he distributed it to
     the poor, then rode away.
•    Due to his chivalrous behavior (protecting women, fighting
     evil, dependence on faith and might of arms, largesse to the
     poor), venerated in 10th C
Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 322). A soldier of noble birth who was
     put to death under Diocletian at Nicomedia on 23 April, 303
Acts of St George (5th century Eastern Church).
•    Held the rank of tribune in the Roman army and was
     beheaded by Diocletian for protesting against the Emperor's
     persecution of Christians
•    An example of bravery in defense of the poor and the
     defenseless and of the Christian faith.
Patron Saint of Scouting
•    Chosen by Baden-Powell
•    Baden-Powell recounted in Scouting for Boys that the Knights
     of the Round Table 'had as their patron saint St George
     because he was the only one of all the saints who was a
     horseman. He is the patron saint of cavalry, from which the
     word chivalry is derived'.
•    On St George's Day, scouts are bidden to remember their
     Promise and the Scout Law.
Baden Powell Thoughts
           I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be
           happy and enjoy life. Happiness does not come from
           being rich, nor merely being successful in your
           career, nor by self-indulgence…

           But the real way to get happiness is by giving out
           happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a
           little better than you found it and when your turn
           comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at
           any rate you have not wasted your time but have
           done your best. “Be Prepared” in this way, to live
           happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout
           Promise always - even after you have ceased to be a
           boy - and God help you to do it.

           Your friend,
Thank you for promoting
  religious emblems!
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

•   Cub Scout: Faith in God
•   Webelos Scout: Faith in God
•   Boy Scout and Varsity Scout:
    On My Honor
•   Venturer1, Older
    Boy Scout, Varsity Scout: On
    My Honor
•   Adult Recognition: On My
    Honor



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