The Roman Catholic Church has used the Scouting program since the early days of the Boy Scouts of America. It is one of the most extensive users of the BSA program. There are more than 330,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers in more than 9,600 packs, troops, and crews under Catholic auspices, and an equal number of youth members in other Scouting units. Scouting is used in about one-third of the parishes in the United States.
Earn Your Religious Emblem
Four Pillars of Faith is awarded to Scouts earning all 4 levels of Religious Emblems (2 as Cub Scouts & 2 as Boy Scouts)
Troop 6 Scouts receiving the Four Pillars
Bradley Jones, 2009
Lee Alan Maxwell, 2009
Joseph Taluan, 2009
Alex DeArmitt, 2011
Chad Dunbar, 2011
It is often said that 1 out of every 100 boys who join Boy Scouts will complete their journey and earn the rank of Eagle. If that is true, then it is even rarer to see an Eagle Scout that has earn one or more of their Religious Emblems of Faith awards. What an accomplishments that must be! To learn more about what it means to be an active member of your church. To learn what is really meant by Duty to God, being reverent, or being morally straight.
What is your calling to God?
Be one of the many who have already started and completed the most prestigious program in scouting. It won’t be easy, but nothing ever that is truly worth it. Take the next step and find out how you can earn your Religious Emblems of Faith Award,
Religious Emblems (Awards) are available for many faiths. They are awarded by the church or other religious body, not by BSA. Most are recognized by the BSA, and may be worn on uniform by displaying the Religious Award Knot and for ceremonial occasions, the Religious Medal.
Adults may wear the Youth Knot on the adult uniform if they earned the award as a youth.
Some awards have different "levels," allowing a Youth to earn the award multiple times. For example, Roman Catholic Tiger and Wolf Cub Scouts may earn the Light of Christ, Bear and Webelos Cub Scouts the Parvuli Dei, Boy Scouts the Ad Altari Dei, and Explorer or other senior Scouts the Pope Pius XII.
Only one knot is awarded for any person, even if multiple awards (i.e. multiple levels) are earned. "Emblems," small gold-colored pins, may be worn on the knot if desired. They identify the different "levels" of the award that were earned by the Youth. There are emblems for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, Sea Explorers, and Varsity Scouts. A Youth may wear any combination of emblem(s) to show the levels of Religious Award(s) that were earned. Emblems are not worn on the Adult Religious Knot.
Click on your Religion below to learn more or see a complete list of Religious Award programs further below.
· Catholic - http://nccs-bsa.org
Episcopal - http://www.episcopal-scouting.org/
· Jewish - http://www.jewishscouting.org/
· Lutheran - http://www.nlas.org/
· Non-Denominational - http://www.praypub.org/
A Boy Scout taking the Scout Oath pledges to do his “duty to God.” In the Scout Law, he recites, “A Scout is reverent.” But Scouting espouses no creed and favors no faith over another. Rather, its programs complement the aims of all faiths.