Duty to GOD

Encouraging U in your DUTY TO GOD
The Charter and Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America maintain that no boy can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing his obligation to God. Scouting is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training, but it highly encourages a Scout to recognize an obligation or duty to God. Religious instruction is the responsibility of the parents or guardians of the Scout and the religious institution to which a Scout belongs.

The Boy Scouts of America does not define what constitutes belief in God or the practice of religion, and membership in a religious organization is not required to be a Scout.

Religious Emblems / Awards / Positions

The chaplain is in an ideal position to promote the religious emblems program and encourage Scouts to complete the requirements for the emblem of their faith. Many troops include Scouts of various faiths; therefore, a knowledge of all emblems is helpful. Since procedures vary among different faiths, the Duty to God brochure, No. 05-897A, is a helpful reference. In addition, call your local Boy Scout service center or the council religious relationships committee for help in identifying ways to promote the religious emblems program and emblem recipient recognition ceremonies.


Youth Religious Emblem Award              Adult Religious Service Award

Religious Troop Positions


The troop Chaplain Aide is a youth leadership position specifically meant to ensure that reverence is part of the scouting experience and should be held by a scout that has demonstrated a personal spiritual awareness.

The troop Chaplain is an adult who may be a troop committee member, the executive officer of a religious chartered organization, or serves in another leadership capacity. It is customary that the religious leader, or an appointee of the chartered organization, will serve as chaplain if the troop is operated by a religious organization. A troop not operated by a religious organization may select a chaplain from local members of the clergy.

Venturing Religious Achievements


         Bronze Award - Religious Life    Religious & Community Life Award