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A booth at a local boy scout event promoting religious emblems

Religious Emblems Program

If you have a child in scouting and would like to enhance his/her scouting journey, the Diocese of Gaylord provides the opportunity for your scouts to earn religious emblems. In the past 2 years, twenty-nine religious medals were earned by scouts in the Diocese of Gaylord, including 9 Pope Pius XII medals earned by scouts of high school age. From the very beginning, the Scouting movement has encouraged its members to be faithful in the practice of their religious beliefs. Boy Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell said, “There is no religious ‘side’ of the movement. The whole of it is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God.” In the opening of each boy scout meeting, the Scout Oath and Law are recited, along with the pledge of Allegiance.  The Scout Oath begins with duty to God; the Scout Law ends with reverence.

Contact the Diocese of Gaylord or your local scout shop to obtain the age specific booklet for your scout. The religious emblem programs include:

Catholic Emblems
Light of Christ Earned award, designed for 6-7 years old Cub Scouts
Parvuli Dei Earned award, designed for 8-10 years old Cub Scouts
Ad Altare Dei Earned award, designed for any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a BSA Troop or Venture Crew.
Pope Pius XII

Earned award, designed for Venturing Crew Members and Boy Scouts 15 years old and older.

St. George Nominated award for adults who have made a significant contribution to Catholic scouting. 

Parents should review the program guidelines. Many booklets include parent, family or counselor participation and can take anywhere from 1-6 months to complete. Prior to beginning the program, families should talk to their local religious leaders and show them the booklet before they begin the work. The scout needs to complete the requirements and obtain the proper signatures.  The paperwork and fee may be submitted by either the scouting troop/pack or parent to the Diocese of Gaylord to be ordered. Scouts will earn a religious medal that may be worn on their uniform.  Parents may also purchase the corresponding parent pin to wear in support of their scout.

Resources

For general information on Religious Emblems available to all youth and adults including Catholic/Non-catholic youth not in scouting, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Venture Crews :

http://www.nccs-bsa.org/
http://www.praypub.org/

For Girl Scouts only:

http://www.nccgscf.org/

Documents to download: