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“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.”

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

For the BSA’s Religious Emblems informational video (for all faiths) that gives a great background on why emblems are important to our youth, please click the link below: www.praypub.org/scouts.wmv

Protestant and Independent Christian Churches
For specifics on each program, how to get started, or for more local information,
please view this PowerPoint presentation.


Celebrating 100 Years of Service to God and Country

As you may know, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) is the largest, longest running sponsor of the BSA. There has been some pretty cool centennial celebration related stuff going on, and the program they had at the Jamboree was phenomenal!

On Tuesday, October 29, at 7 PM MDT there will be a live online broadcast from Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here for more info and to watch the live broadcast.

Additionally, if you explore the website a bit, you can see an online exhibit of Norman Rockwell Scouting paintings as well as other interesting information.

For those Scout history buffs, you can purchase commemorative items such as patches, neckerchief, a commemorative book, and more! Check it out: http://shop.ldsbsa.org/new/

Catholic Committees
on Scouting

Each individual Diocese
is responsible for their particular area awards.

Please contact your diocese:

Diocese of Crookston
Scouting Awards Coordinator
1200 Memorial Drive
Crookston, MN 56716

Diocese of Duluth
Scouting Awards Coordinator
577 Seville Road
Duluth, MN 55811
218-729-7537 www.dioceseduluth.org

Diocese of St. Cloud
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Father Ben Kociemba
1515 3rd St. N
St. Cloud, MN 56303
320-251-3421 ext. 148


Religious Info Links 

Does your unit have a
Religious Coordinator?

Click here to watch a video
about the position.

For specifics on your faith's Religious Emblem program,
please go to www.praypub.org and click on the Emblems tab. While you're there, check out
the FAQ page.

Get more information at these
faith-based websites:

National Catholic Committee
on Scouting

National Jewish Committee
on Scouting

National Lutheran Association
on Scouting

Church of God


BSA’s Declaration of Religious Principle

Article IX. Policies and Definitions (Policies),
Charter And Bylaws

“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.”