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Religious Programs

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.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.

Each year, thousands of parents and adult volunteer leaders and help Scouts earn the religious emblem of their faith. However, many unit leaders often don't have enough information to adequately answer questions about the religious emblem programs of all faiths.

The organization Programs of Religious Activities with Youth, or P.R.A.Y., has information on the religious emblems of almost every faith. The PRAY website has a complete listing of the awards, workbooks, emblems and other material.

Religious Award Program Updates

Pope Paul Vl program now updated to support the BSA's Journey to Excellence

The Pope Paul VI program has been updated to complement the Boy Scouts of America's Journey to Excellence recognition. The new emblem will have a bronze (brown) border for the bronze level, a silver border for the silver level, and a gold border for the gold level. To be eligible, a unit must be chartered to a Catholic institution.
The award is for the calendar year starting in 2016.

Cooperation, development, and, program are the keywords in the recognition of Catholic chartered units in earning this National Catholic Award. The adult leadership responds to training, not only in Scouting lores, but National Catholic Leadership Development, and religious counseling. The Scouts in each Pack, Troop, Team, and Crew/Ship respond by participating in the religious emblems program appropriate to their respective Scouting program.

After completing the application, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting will review all the applications in their diocese to determine if the units meet the criteria for this award. They will complete the Patch Order Form and mail it along with the applicable fee to the NCCS indicating the number of patches, banners and certificates required. The applications do not need to be forwarded when ordering the patches and certificates.The application and recognition flyer will be available for download on the NCCS website at under Unit Awards.

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