Complete the five sections of requirements.
Tending Your Beliefs
This section focuses on your own personal beliefs and must be completed before proceeding to the other four sections.
Complete the following:
- 1. Earn the Religious and Community Life Bronze Award.
- 2. Receive the religious emblem appropriate to your age and religious affiliation. This requirement is option No. 1 among the requirements for the Religious and Community Life Bronze Award. If completed for that award, it counts here, too. If your religion does not offer a religious emblem program such as those in the Duty to God brochure, No. 05-879D, then you may complete a similar program of religious discovery suitable to both your Advisor and your religious leader.
- 3. Visit with your religious leader and discuss your beliefs and why you accept those beliefs. Compare your personal beliefs with those formally accepted by your religion. Following this discussion, write an essay explaining your beliefs and review it with your religious leader and your crew Advisor. Make a 15- to 20-minute presentation (discussion, video, slideshow, etc.) to your crew or another youth group explaining your beliefs.
- 4. Explain the Venturing Oath and the Venturing Code in your own words. Explain how they have an effect on your daily life, your life goals, and how you live your life as a part of your community.
Respecting Beliefs of Others
- 1. Talk with a history/social studies teacher, attorney or other legal professional, or other knowledgeable adult about the U.S. Bill of Rights, and especially about the concept of freedom of religion. What did this concept mean to our founding fathers? What does this concept mean today? What limitations have been imposed on this freedom? What happens when freedom of religion and freedom of speech clash with each other? Hold a discussion (not debate) about freedom of religion with members of your crew.
- 2. Find out what religious groups are worshipping in your community, and whether they have been there for generations or whether they are relatively new to the community. Talk to at least five adults in your community about the impact various religions have on your community. Report your findings to your crew.
Understanding Other Cultures
Learn about the historical significance of cultures in the US and study one cultural group in detail.
Serving Your Community
Complete a community service project and learn about organizations in your community that serve youth.
Transforming Our Society
Learn counseling skills, conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and how to apply them in your own life.
Source: 2005 TRUST Handbook (33154)
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