Duty to God
  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 boys to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed religious emblem programs. Although not sponsored by BSA, the Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems earned to be worn on the official scout uniform. The various religious groups administer their own programs. Click on the chart to see the religious emblems offered by participating faith organizations. 

Cub scouts in Pack 40 do not need to be members of the United Methodist Church to earn a religious emblem. The intent of the program is to work directly with your own religious leader or, in some cases, a layperson designated by that religious leader. 

Religious Emblems Chair

The Religious Emblems Chairperson is your information resource for Pack 40 scouts who would like to earn their religious emblem, including where to get your books, announcing classes and events offered in our local area, and organizing/coordinating group classes if there is interest. He makes sure that scouts who complete their religious emblem program are recognized in the pack, and that they receive their religious emblem knot to wear on their uniform. He is also instrumental in organizing our pack Scout Sunday activities at the UMC in February.

Our Religious Emblems Chairperson is -- OPEN --.

Religious Emblems on your uniform 

The youth who complete the religious emblems program are recognized by a medal and an embroidered square knot.

The medal is awarded by the scout's religious organization. The medals are usually only worn on special occasions, pinned immediately above the top of the left pocket flap of the uniform shirt. 

The silver square knot on a purple background is permanently displayed on the uniform above the left pocket to denote that the wearer has received the corresponding award as a youth. If he earns additional youth religious awards for various levels, he can wear up to four different devices on one knot, but only one silver on purple knot is worn. If a religious award is earned as a Cub Scout, the youth knot and devices may be worn on all subsequent uniforms: Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturing, and Adults. Adult leaders can also be recognized with an Adult Religious Emblem which is a purple knot on a silver background.

Online Resources

BSA "Duty to God"
BSA Religious Emblems Programs

Scouts Duty to God and Country
Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.)

Association of Baptists for Scouting
Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting
Friends Committee on Scouting (Quakers)
National Association of Presbyterian Scouters
National Association of United Methodist Scouters
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
National Jewish Committee on Scouting
National Lutheran Association of Scouters


How do we get started?
  • Youth members must obtain the specific booklet for their religion.
  • Parents must review the program guidelines.
  • Families should talk to their religious leaders and show them the booklet before beginning any program.
  • The youth member needs to complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures, and order the emblem.
  • Notify the Religious Emblems Chair to recognize the scout and present the religious emblem square knot patch.

Click the calendar item for more information....

Religious Emblem Announcements
  • Test post This as a test post for religious emblems announcements
    Posted Oct 17, 2012, 2:30 PM by Pack Forty
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Religious Emblem Recipients
These are the scouts who have earned their religious emblems, by rank. Good job, boys!
  • test post for awarded medals This is a test post for awarded religious emblem medals.
    Posted Oct 17, 2012, 2:31 PM by Pack Forty
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