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Scouts Read Sacred Texts Worldwide

May 2, 2024, is the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Over one million Scouts have three ways to celebrate this important day.

First, specific Scout Councils from all over America will be reading the entire Catholic Bible, Protestant Bible, the Torah, the Quran, and many other Sacred Writings starting at 5:30 PM (local time).

Second, Cubs, Scouts BSA and all other Scouts from all over the world are encouraged to participate in this program by reading some of their scripture (sacred texts) from their own faith location. They should contact their faith leaders and ask them to join this effort.  It is suggested that each scout read for 15 minutes and pass it to the next Scout. Their faith leader may suggest what they read. Some faiths may choose to broadcast this to the public.

Finally, all Scouts are invited to participate in this program from their home with their family. Scouts may read any portion of their faith’s sacred texts.

The 12th point of the Scout Law is Duty to God.  This event allows Scouts to strengthen their faith and relationship with their faith location.

To sign up for the event, click HERE

Greater St Louis Area Council Duty to God Award

The Council Duty to God Award was created to recognize registered Scouters who have demonstrated an exemplary history of transformational leadership in supporting and promoting the spiritual foundation of Scouting at the local Council level. It acknowledges the unswerving dedication to faith, fellowship, and service of those whose character embodies the moral principles and shared ideals of Scouting. The award distinguishes Scouters who selflessly work to prepare youth for life by perpetuating the merit and legacy of a Scout’s duty to their Creator. Nominations are open to candidates from all faiths and religious groups.

Here is the award link https://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Council-Duty-to-God-Nomination-Application-fillable.pdf

Completed nomination forms to be emailed to Jim Marchbank at jimmarchbank@gmail.com


Bronze Pelican Emblem
The Bronze Pelican Emblem is a diocesan recognition defined by the Catholic Committee on Scouting. The Purpose of this emblem is to recognize outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in Scouting, with an emphasis on developing Christian ideals and awareness of God in all Scouting activities. This Emblem is presented at the recipient’s local church, or a ceremony designated by the applicant.

St. George Emblem
The St. George Emblem is a national recognition defined by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. The purpose of this emblem is to recognize members of the laity, clergy, Scouters, and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting. This emblem is presented by the Archbishop or Bishop at the Scout Sunday Service held annually at the Cathedral Basilica.

These competitive awards give recognition to Catholic sponsored units that exemplify Scouting’s ideals. There are three levels of recognition for both awards: Merit, Honor and Outstanding. Awardees are selected on a competitive basis utilizing the following criteria: Training, Leadership, Service. Spiritual Growth, Religious Activities, Vocational Awareness, Relationships, and Membership. These awards are presented by the Archbishop or Bishop at the Scout Sunday Service held annually at the Cathedral Basilica.

*Applications are due December 1 to amyeschelbach@archstl.org

For more information on Catholic Scouting in St. Louis, MO click HERE

For more information on Catholic Scouting in Metro East, IL click HERE

For more information on Catholic Scouting in Central Il, click HERE

For more information on Jewish Scouting, Click HERE

For more information on Catholic Scouting in Southeast MO, click HERE

Every Scout has the opportunity to earn their faith’s religious emblem which can be worn on their uniform as a youth or an adult. Religious emblems will fulfill Duty to God adventure requirements for Cub Scouts, Scout Spirit requirements for Scouts BSA and TRUST award for Venturing.

Click on the faiths listed below for a map of congregations participating in the Religious Emblems program:

Duty to God is a central part of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

The Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

To help you find resources for planning unit programs, earning awards, and other religious resources, here is a list of links with useful information.

Steps to earn Religious Emblems
Here are the 5 steps to earn a religious emblem in Scouting:

  1. Books: Obtain the specific booklet for your faith tradition. Materials needed can be found at our Scout Shops, through your faith tradition’s website or online.
  2. Parental involvement: Parents should review the emblem guidelines. Some programs require clergy to serve as counselors, other programs allow family to serve as counselors or mentors.
  3. Religious leaders: Families should talk to their religious leaders before beginning a program.
  4. Find a location offering your emblem:  If your local faith community does not offer the religious emblem programs, Use the links below to find the closest location for your faith.
  5. Complete requirements: The scout needs to complete the requirements, obtain approval as required, and follow the instructions to order the recognition/emblem.

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Visit the Boy Scouts of America ‘s Religious Emblems page for additional information.

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