A Cub Scout can easily earn religious awards provided he has the help of a parent or a close family member. Cub Scout leaders you can get this process rolling without adding to your existing workload! You will never be more proud of your Scouts than when you present them with a religious emblem knot patch at your Pack meeting. Your Cub Scout can proudly wear this knot and the fantastic religious emblem medal on his uniform. Here’s how to get them going.
[By the way, this is written in a secret cipher that only those capable of promoting Cub Scout religious awards can read; so if you can read this, you can promote Cub Scout religious awards].
Let Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos know that there are religious awards programs available for each of them. These are programs of their individual faith or denomination, which the BSA encourages.
Very handsome medals and a religious emblem knot are awarded to those who complete the program. (Saying nothing of important spiritual growth)!
Parents acquire the appropriate religious emblem (award) workbook according to your denomination and the age/grade of your Cub Scout. These are available from the Scout office (607-648-7888) or from Pray Publishers, www.praypub.org, or 800-933-7729. For more information about Catholic Religious Emblems, see www.nccs-bsa.org. The Scout office stocks the most commonly required workbooks for Cubs. These are:
Light of Christ – Catholic Tigers and Wolves
Parvuli Dei (Children of God) – Catholic Bears and Webelos
God and Me – most Protestant denominations for grades 1, 2 and 3
God and Family – most Protestant denominations for grades 4 & 5
For others go to www.praypub.org and search by denomination /faith and by age/grade.
Workbooks are completed by the Cub or Webelos Scout over a few weeks or months with the advice, encouragement and help of his parent / close family member.
Upon completion of the workbook, there is a review and/or signoff by the Scout, the parent and the pastor or other church official.
The submittal of the completion/signoff sheet or cards from the workbook depends on the denomination. Follow the instructions in the workbook used. However, Catholic Scouts in the Syracuse Diocese should submit completed forms to Tom Hranek, Chairman of the Baden-Powell Catholic Committee on Scouting, 1804 Tracy St, Endicott, NY 13760. Questions, call the B-P Council office at 607-648-7888.
The Pack, the parent or the particular Church, upon completion of the workbook requirements, orders medals and religious emblems knots. Parents are urged to either complete this task personally or make sure that it is being handled. The Catholic Committee on Scouting does the ordering for Catholic awards, which are personally presented to each Cub Scout by the Bishop of his diocese. The parent or the Pack can order religious emblem knots. Knots are ideally presented to Catholic Cub Scout in his home parish by special arrangement with the pastor. Knots can be presented again (or at least acknowledged) at a Pack Meeting.
Den Leaders or Cubmasters should be sure to include the names and religious awards earned on their advancement reports.
It really is just that easy!!!!