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2018 Religious Emblems - God and Me Program for Grades 1-3

posted Jan 4, 2018, 5:09 PM by Cub Master

The requirements for a Cub Scout to advance in every rank now includes at least one adventure in exploring faith, his family and community.  BSA offers an individual religious emblem program for many faith traditions to recognize scouts within their faith community. Each family or their house of worship is the customary host for guiding the scout through the program.  The silver knot on purple emblem awarded is the only award a scout can earn as a Cub Scout that is carried to their uniform through Boy Scouts and as Adult leaders.  If you look around Pack 236, you’ll see some adults with this emblem they earned as Cubs.

Pack 236, with support from our sponsor, SSUMC, is introducing a pack-wide program for Cub Scouts to earn a common Religious Emblem program as a group.  In 2018, we have a Pack counselor volunteering to present and deliver the “God and Me” Program for Grades 1-3 scouts in a Protestant or other Independent Christian tradition.  As additional volunteers are identified, we will expand the opportunities for groups to work together.

The element of faith with scouting starts with the BSA Declaration of Religious Principle from the Charter and Bylaws:

Section 1. Declaration of Religious Principle, clause 1.The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath or Promise the member declares, “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law.” The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental need of good citizenship should be kept before them. The Boy Scouts of America, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and the organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.

 

We are excited to facilitate a pull-out group of scouts interested in this program.  The program runs during January and concludes with an Award Recognition during Worship on Scout Sunday in February at SSUMC.  With your support, we look forward to expanding the pack-level offerings for religious emblems.  Please contact the Pack Committee Chairman or at committeechair@pack236.com or Religious Emblem Coordinator at rel-emblem@pack236.com if you are interested in acting as a counselor for other Religious Emblem programs.

For the 2018 program, our G&M counselor is Lance Franklin.  If you are interested in participating with your scout for this program, stop by the SSUMC Scout Hut on Sunday 4:30- 5:30 PM for more information or add your name to our SignUpGenius list via this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4ea5a82eab9-pack2

2018 Program cost for booklet and award is $20 per scout.

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