Poster displaying some of the emblems available.
Many religious-faith groups have programs of intensive religious education for individual Tiger Cubs, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. Religious Emblems are designed to recognize youth who demonstrate faith, observe the creeds or principles of the faith, and give service. Religious emblems are not Scouting awards; they are presented by religious groups to boys who earn them.
The Religious Emblems programs are administered by various religious institutions and recognized, but not sponsored, by the BSA. These are generally recognized by a medal and an embroidered square knot. In some denominations, four different awards may be available. For instance, here are the non-denominational Protestant Award programs from PRAY Publishing:
|General Protestant Programs||Medal||Level||Device #||Device|
|God and Me (grades 1-3)||Tiger-Wolf-Bear||926|
|God and Family (grades 4-5)||Webelos Scout||932|
|God and Church (grades 6-8)||Boy Scout||927|
|God and Life (grades 9-12)|| Older Boy Scout|
| Religious Knots
The silver square knot on a purple background is permanently displayed on the uniform above the left pocket to denote that the wearer has received the corresponding award as a youth. If he earns additional youth religious awards for various levels, he can wear up to four different devices on one knot, but only one silver on purple knot is worn. If a religious award is earned as a Cub Scout, the youth knot and devices may be worn on all subsequent uniforms: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Scouters. Adult leaders can also be recognized with an Adult Religious Emblem which is a purple knot on a silver background.
Girl Scouts or youth not in Scouting can often participate in these same programs and be presented with the same medals but only a member of the BSA can wear the BSA knots.
The medals are usually only worn on special occasions, pinned immediately above the top of the left pocket flap of the uniform shirt.
Youth may earn an emblem whether or not they are members of a unit operated by a religious organization. The intent of the program is to work directly with your own religious leader or, in some cases, a layperson designated by that religious leader.
Religious Emblems requirements
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 your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.
Listed below are the emblems and where to find out about them. Before writing or visiting your local council service center, check with your religious leader.
African Methodist Episcopal Church - God and Church: God and Life
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church - God and Church: God and Life
Armenian Apostolic (Western Prelacy) - Saint Mesrob
Armenian Church of America (Eastern Diocese) - Ararat
Baha'i - Unity of Mankind
Baptist - God and Church: God and Life
Buddhist - Sangha
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - God and Church: God and Life
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church - God and Church: God and Life
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) - On My Honor
Churches of Christ-Good Servant
Community of Christ (World Community Program Series) - Path of the Disciple
Eastern Catholic - Light Is Life: Pope Pius XII
Eastern Orthodox - Alpha Omega
Episcopal - God and Church: God and Life
General Church of the New Jerusalem (The New Church) - Open Word Award
Hindu - Dharma, Karma
Islamic - In the Name of God
Jewish - Ner Tamid: Etz Chaim
Lutheran - God and Church: God and Life
Meher Baba - Compassionate Father
Moravian - God and Country
Polish National Catholic Church - Love of God (Milosc Boga); God and Country (Bog I Ojczyzna)
Presbyterian Church in America - God and Church: God and Life
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - God and Church: God and Life
Protestant and Independent Christian Churches - God and Church: God and Life
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) - Spirit of Truth
Roman Catholic - Ad Altare Dei: Pope Pius XII
The Salvation Army - God and Church: God and Life
Scientist Church of Christ - God and Church: God and Life
United Church of Christ - God and Church: God and Life
United Methodist - God and Church: God and Life
United Pentecostal Church International - God and Church: God and Life
Unity Churches - Light of God
Zoroastrian - Good Life
Information from the BSA: