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As the twelfth point of the Boy Scout Law ("A Scout is Reverent"), the Relationships Committee of the Boy Scouts of America maintains dialogue with major religious organizations whose thoughts on religion are somewhat consistent with the BSA's Declaration of Religious Principles. In addition to those organizations serving as chartered partners of the BSA, many of them offer optional religious awards that may be earned by a youth who learns significantly about his faith or an adult that serves youth of his or her religious faith over and above the call of normal activities.

Youth and adults who earn recognized and sanctioned religious awards from the list below may wear the appropriate square knot on their uniform. Most religious organizations offer a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Venturing youth award that may be earned, and an adult recognition award that is given.

A brief note: the "God and Country" series is used by many Protestant groups, yet each emblem may be unique in design and appearance, though having the same name.

BSA Sanctioned or Recognized Religious Awards

Cub Scout Webelos Scout Boy Scout / Varsity Scout Venturer
senior Boy Scout / Varsity Scout
Adult recognition
African Methodist Episcopal Church
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
God and Me God and Family God and Church God and Life God and Service
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Western Prelacy)
none none Saint Mesrob none
Armenian Church of America (Eastern Diocese)
Saint Gregory Ararat none


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-

Assembly of God

  • C= God and Me
  • W= God and Family
  • B= God and Church
  • V= God and Life
  • A= God and Service

Association of Unity Churches

  • C=-none-
  • W= God in Me
  • B=Light of God (this is a nominated recognition)
  • V=-none-
  • A=-none-

Bahá'í

  • 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=Bodhi

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=Loving Servant
  • W=Joyful Servant
  • B=Good Servant
  • V=Good Servant
  • A=Faithful Servant

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=Dharma
  • W=Dharma
  • B=Karma
  • V=Karma
  • A=Saathi, Bhakta

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

Pentecostal

  • C= God and Me
  • W= God and Family
  • B= God and Church
  • V= God and Life
  • A= God and Service

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) - Friends Committee on Scouting

  • 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Mormons)

  • C=Faith in God
  • W=Faith in God
  • B=On My Honor
  • V=On My Honor
  • A=On My Honor (Adult Version)

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

None recognized by BSA. See Boy Scouts of America membership controversies.

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-

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