Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Religious Emblem
Re: Religious Emblem
Bob & Lorrie Dewar
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 12:28:18 -0600
First off, just a small reminder that the various religious awards are
not set up by National Office of BSA, but that all requirements are set up
for each religion, by each religion.
With that out of the way, it depends on the particular religion as to
how many times a Scout may earn the award (listed as "levels" that are based
on age groups). Some religions do allow the boys to earn awards at the Cub
Scout level, Webelos level, Boy Scout level, and Explorer/Varsity (1997/1999
The patch itself is a silver knot on a purple background, and can be
worn by Scouts and also Scouters who earned it as a Scout. The "devices" are
little pins that can be worn on the knot itself indicating that the person
has earned the award more than once, in this case the reference is for the
various levels that it was earned at.
Some religions allow an adult to earn the religious award also. This
patch is a purple knot on a silver background. Any adult who has satisfied
the criteria for earning each award as appropriate, may wear both knots on
You really do have to check the religious programs books for the
particular religion to see what is available for any given rank/age group,
and what the requirements are, especially for the adults wishing to earn
this. Remember that, just like the ranks in Scouting, the higher rank/older
age group you are in, the harder the work will be to earn this award. Really
just the way it should be.
BTW, any knot can be earned more than once, but only one knot may be
worn on the uniform. There are the "devices" (read; pins) available for
knots that when worn, indicate how many times that person has satisfied the
requirements for that knot.
Scoutmaster Bob Dewar
Troop 329 of "The Fox"
Southeast Wisconsin Council
From: Irene Kempf <IKMOM4@AOL.COM>
To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU <SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU>
Date: Thursday, February 18, 1999 8:34 AM
Subject: Re: Religious Emblem
>You may earn a religious medal several times, but you only get one knot. I
>just inquired about this at our scout shop and was told that after the
>one you can wear a device on the knot. I have never heard of this. Has
>My understanding is that an adult can wear the knot only if they earned the
>medal as a child.