Religious Emblems

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 the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with the Scout Shop or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets. You may find more information in the Duty to God handbook.

How To Get Started

  1. Youth members must obtain the specific booklet for their religion.

  2. Check with your council store or contact the religious organization directly.

  3. Each youth member needs his or her own booklet to document progress.

  4. Some religions offer adult manuals for counselors and mentors.

  5. Parents must review the program guidelines.

  6. Some programs require participants to be official "members" of the religious institution.

  7. Age/grade requirements vary from program to program.

  8. Each program sets its own guidelines as to who may serve as counselor. Some programs require clergy to serve as counselors; other programs allow parents or other family members to serve as counselors.

  9. Families should talk to their religious leaders and show them the booklet before beginning any program.

  10. Most programs require that they be completed under the auspices of that religious organization.

  11. Many programs require the signature of the local religious leader.

  12. The youth member needs to complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures, and follow the instructions to order the emblem.

  13. These emblems are not available from your local council store (follow the instructions in your booklet).

  14. The emblem should be presented in a meaningful ceremony, preferably in the member's religious institution.

There is no religious "side" of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God.

                  -Lord Baden-Powell

Each denomination has its own Religious Emblems,  with its own set of requirements to earn them. Click on a faith below to learn more about it. 


Roman Catholic





Church of Christ




Other Denominations

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