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List of BSA religious emblems
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List of BSA religious emblems

Religious Emblems in the Boy Scouts of America

An Explanation and the Official List


The Boy Scouts of America recognize certain emblems awarded by religious organizations that may be worn on the Scout uniform. All Scouts and Scouters (adults) may wear square notes on their uniform above the left pocket if they have earned the emblem of their faith. Knots are only worn for the emblems listed below. Many faiths award other emblems for adults and Scouts, such as the National and International Catholic Committees on Scouting. For example, the International Awarness Emblem and the Bronze Pelican. Receiving these awards does not entitle the wearing of a square knot.

A scout has a silver knot on a purple patch, and an adult has a purple knot on a silver patch. Devices, or small metal pins, of the Cub Scout and Weblos ensignia, as well as the Boy Scout and Venturing ensignia, may be worn to symbolize an award at that level of Scouting. Awards are usually given at four age levels, respesctive to the branches of Scouting, and a nominated award for adults. Take note, that the "God and Country" series is used by many protestan groups, yet each emblem may be unique in design and appearance, though having the same name. An example is the difference between the "God and Church" of the Baptist and the Methodist faiths. Only the following religious faiths may award emblems that can be worn on the Scout uniform. Scouts are not allowed to wear other emblems. Faiths and Church contrary to the principles of Scouting are not allowed to bestow Boy Scout emblems. This has lead to much controversy, for example with the Wicca. Many Wiccan groups have asked the BSA to allow them to bestow awards, but no recognition has been granted.

C=Cubscout Award W=Webelos Award B=Boy Scout or Varsity Scout Award V=Venturing, Exploring, older Varsity, and older Boy Scouts Award A=Adult Recognition (mostly by nomination)

Armenian Church, Eastern Diocese of the Church of America

    C=Saint Gregory
    W=Saint Gregory
    B=Ararat
    V=Ararat
    A=-none-
Armenian Apostolic Church of America
    C=-none-
    W=-none-
    B=Saint Mesrob
    V=Saint Mesrob
    A=-none-
Association of Unity Churches
    C=-none-
    W= God in Me
    B=Light of God (this is a nominated recognition) 
    V=-none-
    A=-none-
Baha'i
    C=Unity of Mankind
    W=Unity of Mankind
    B=Unity of Mankind
    V=Unity of Mankind
    A=-none-
Baptist
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=Good Shepherd Nomination
Buddhist
    C=Metta
    W=Metta
    B=Sangha
    V=Sangha
    A=-none-
Christian Church of the Disciples of Christ
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=God and Service Nomination
Churches of Christ
    C=Joyful Servant
    W=Joyful Servant
    B=Good Servant
    V=Good Servant
    A=Faithful Servant
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, LDS (Mormons)
    C=-none-
    W=Faith in God
    B=On My Honor
    V=On My Honor
    A=On My Honor (Adult Version)
Eastern Orthodox Churches
    C=Saint George
    W=Chi Rho
    B=Alpha Omega
    V=Alpha Omega
    A=Prophet Elias Nomination
Eastern Catholic (Same awards as the Latin Rite Catholics, except for the Boy Scout level)
    C=Light of Christ
    W=Parvuli Dei
    B=Light Is Life
    V=Pope Pius XII
    A=Saint George Catholic Nomination
Episcopal/Anglican
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=Saint George Episcapal Nomination
First Church of Christ, Scientist
    C=God and Country
    W=God and Country
    B=God and Country
    V=God and Country
    A=-none-
General Church of the New Jerusalem
    C=-none-
    W=-none-
    B=Open Word Award
    V=Open Word Award
    A=-none-
Hindu
    C=-none-
    W=Dharma
    B=-none-
    V=-none-
    A=-none-
Islamic
    C=Bismillah
    W=Bismillah
    B=In the Name of God
    V=In the Name of God
    A=Allah Akber
Jewish
    C=Maccabee
    W=Aleph
    B=Ner Tamid
    V=Etz Chaim
    A=Shofar Nomination
Lutheran
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=Living Faith
    A=Lamb Nomination
Meher Baba
    C=Love for God
    W=Love for God
    B=Compassionate Father
    V=Compassionate Father
    A=-none-
Moravian Church
    C=-none-
    W=-none-
    B=God and Country
    V=God and Country
    A=The Order of David Zeisberger
Polish National Catholic Church (Not related to Roman or Eastern Catholic Churches)
    C=Milosc Boga (Love of God)
    W=Milosc Boga (Love of God)
    B=Bog I Ojczyzna (God and Country)
    V=Bog I Ojczyzna (God and Country)
    A=Bishop Thaddeus F. Zielinski Award
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=God and Service Nomination
Protestant (These awards are non-denominational, and may be awarded to any Christian)
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=God and Service Nomination
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
    C=That of God
    W=That of God
    B=Spirit of Truth
    V=Spirit of Truth
    A=Friends
Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (R.L.D.S.)
    C=-none- (Although, the faithful may earn the "God and Me" award)
    W=Light of the World
    B=Liahona
    V=Life and World
    A=Internal Youth Service Award Nomination
Roman Catholic Church
    C=Light of Christ
    W=Parvuli Dei
    B=Ad Altare Dei
    V=Pope Pius XII
    A=Saint George Catholic Nomination
The Salvation Army
    C=God and Me
    W=The Silver Crest
      & God and Family (This may be earned as well)
    B=God and the Salvation Army
    V=God and Life
    A=Scouter's Award Nomination
Unitarian Universalist
    C=Love and Help
    W=Love and Help
    B=Religion in Life
    V=Religion in Life
    A=Religion and Youth Award Nomination
United Church of Christ
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=God and Service Nomination
United Methodist
    C=God and Me
    W=God and Family
    B=God and Church
    V=God and Life
    A=God and Service Nomination
Zoroastrian
    C=-none-
    W=-none-
    B=Good Life
    V=Good Life
    A=-none-