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.”

Duty to God is a cornerstone of the Scouting program. The Scout Oath begins with Duty to God; the Scout Law ends with Reverence. The BSA recognizes that religious instruction comes from the family and faith community.

As the BSA’s Declaration of Religious Principle states, “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.”

The Religious Emblems programs are developed by the national religious organizations to encourage their members to grow stronger in their faith. The scouting agencies have approved of these programs and allow the awards to be worn on the official uniforms, but the emblems are created and administered by the various religious groups.

While the awards are presented at the Scout's temple, church, synagogue, mosque, or place of worship by the Scout's faith leader, the Religious Award Knot is presented to the Scout by the Cubmaster at a Pack Meeting.

The following religions have Religious Emblems for Scouts to earn. For religions below without a web link, please see The P.R.A.Y. Site for phone or mailing information of your faith's Scouting organization that handles the award programs for the faith.:

You can also find information to find out how to help your Scout(s) earn the appropriate Religious Emblem for his age, rank, and religion in this pamphlet created by the Boy Scouts of America:

If you have any additional questions or need assistance in obtaining the Religious Emblem Workbooks and/or Counselor's Guide Books for your faith, please feel free to contact our Pack's Unit Religious Emblem Coordinator.

Click to enlarge this image of some of the many Religious Emblems supported by the BSA