Earn your Religious Emblem of Faith


 

I have often heard it said that 1 out of every 100 boys who join Boy Scouts will complete their journey and earn the rank of Eagle. If this is true, then it is even more rare to see an Eagle Scout that has earned one or more of their Religious Emblems of Faith awards. What an accomplishment 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 is that is truely worth it. Take the next step and find out how you can earn your Religious Emblems of Faith award.

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Religious Emblems (Awards) are available for many faiths.  They are awarded by the church or other religious body, not by the BSA.  Most are recognized by the BSA, and may be worn on the uniform by displaying the Religious Award Knot and, for ceremonial occasions, the Religious Medal.

Adults may wear the Youth knot on their adult uniform, if they earned the award as a Youth.

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Youth Religious Award Knot
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Adult Religious Award Knot

The recognized faiths are listed below, with information for getting the materials & requirements necessary to earn the award.

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.

Non-Denominational...

Programs of Religious Activities with Youth - P.R.A.Y.

 

Religious Awards recognized by the Boy Scouts of America

The following information is copied from pages 198-200 of "Boy Scout Requirements y2k," © 1999 by Boy Scouts of America.

Armenian - Ararat.  D.R.E., Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern Diocese), 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Armenian - Saint Mesrob.  Armenian Apostolic Church of America, Western Prelacy, 4401 Russell Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

Association of Unity Churches - Light of God.  The Associate of Unity Churches, P.O. Box 610, Lee's Summit, MO 64063.

Baha'i - Unity of Mankind.  Baha'i Committee on Scouting, Baha'i National Center, Wilmette, IL 60091.

Baptist - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Buddhist - Sangha.  National Buddhist Committee on Scouting, 701 E. Thrift Avenue, Kingsland, GA 31548-8213.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - On My Honor.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Distribution Center, 1999 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104.

Churches of Christ - Good Servant.  Members of Churches of Christ for Scouting, ACU Station, Box 27938, Abilene, TX 79699-7938.

Eastern Catholic - Light Is LifeLocal council service center, diocesan Scout office, or National Catholic Committee on Scouting, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

Eastern Orthodox - Alpha OmegaPRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Episcopal - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

First Church of Christ, Scientist - God and CountryPRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

General Church of the New Jerusalem - Open Word Award.  Chairman, Boy Scout Relations Committee, General Church of the New Jerusalem, P.O. Box 277, Byrn Athyn, PA 19009.

Hindu - Dharma.  North American Hindu Association, 411 Park Avenue, Suite 202, San Jose, CA 95110.

Islamic - In the Name of God.  National Islamic Committee for Scouting, P.O. Box 51931, Indianapolis, IN 46251-0931.

Jewish - Ner Tamid.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Lutheran - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Meher Baba - Compassionate Father.  Committee for Meher Baba and Scouting, 912 Ninth Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

Morovian - God and Country.  The Moravian Church, Drawer Y, Winston-Salem, NC 27108.

Polish National Catholic - God and Country (Bog I Ojczyzna).  Mr. Arthur Wyglon, 115 Heather Hill Drive, Buffalo, NY 14224.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Protestant - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) - Spirit of TruthPRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Liahona.  Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Director of Scouting, The Auditorium, P.O. Box 1059, Independence, MO 64051-0559.

Roman Catholic - Ad Altare DeiLocal council service center, diocesan Scout office, or National Catholic Committee on Scouting, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

The Salvation Army - God and the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313.

United Church of Christ - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

United Methodist - God and Church.  Local council service center or PRAY, 8520 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

Zoroastrian - Good Life.  Zoroastrian Association, c/o Villy Gandhi, Corresponding Secretary, The Good Life Program, 604 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, NJ 07452-2334.

 

Additional Links...

Religious Award - US Scout

Scouting Magazine