BSA Religious Emblems Program

Dear Troop 230 Parents:

In his “Scouting for Boys”, written in 1908, Lord Baden-Powell stated, “No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. So every Scout should have a religion….Religion seems a very simple thing: First: Love and Serve God. Second: Love and Serve thy neighbor.”

We would like to make you aware of the BSA Religious Emblems Program that allows your scout to explore your family’s religious faith in the context of Scouting. These programs were developed by the individual religious organizations and BSA has approved them, which allows for specific recognitions to be worn on the scout uniform once the curriculum is complete. At present, there are 37 individual faith organizations supporting the program, which include all major faith groups and numerous denominations. To be clear, the programs are developed and administered by the religious group, not the Troop. Participation in the Religious Emblems Program is completely optional, but the program does serve to highlight the Duty to God fundamental belief in Scouting.

If you are interested in your Boy Scout pursuing this, please let me know by email (garthpulkkinen@yahoo.com), and please also let me know which particular faith group in which you would like to participate and your specific organization (i.e. your local church, temple, mosque, or other). We will call that religious organization and get a point of contact for you to work through. We will also advise what program pamphlet you will need and where to get it. Just to be clear, even though Troop 230 is chartered by St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, we have many scouts who have different faith beliefs, and all are welcome to participate.

Additional information can be found at: https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/

Please let me know of you have ay questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Scouting,

Garth Pulkkinen
Assistant Scoutmaster

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