Religious Emblem Programs

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed a number of religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. (FAQ - Click Here)

Check with the WD Boyce Council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.

Wotamalo Religious Emblems Coordinator

Rev. Bob Herath
Roanoke and Secor UMC


"Building Faith in Youth" Religious Awards Program

Protestant and Independent Christian Denominations

Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.)  

P.R.A.Y.'s mission statement is to "foster the Christian growth of children, youth, and families through churches and youth serving agencies." Everything that the P.R.A.Y. national board does is centered on the two parts of this mission statement: collaborations between churches and agencies, and the P.R.A.Y. program.

The P.R.A.Y. Program is a Bible-based religious emblems program for Protestant and Independent Christian churches designed to bring children, youth, and families to Christ.

The BSA is a recognized partner of P.R.A.Y.

Quick Start Steps

1. Based on your grade, order the appropriate P.R.A.Y. program booklets.

2. Contact your pastor (see sample letter). Get consent to do the program at home or choose a counselor together. The adult will teach with the required Counselor Manual and utilize PRAY's Online Resource Library

3. Complete the requirements in the Student Workbook with the help of your counselor.

4. Complete the Final Interview with your pastor.

5. Complete a "Youth Registration" and order recognition items for your uniform through the P.R.A.Y. webstore.

6. Plan a special ceremony in church to receive your award.

PRAY Programs By Grade Level

Visit the P.R.A.Y. website via the links below for individual program details and resources

Jesus and Me

Grades K-1
The Jesus and Me curriculum introduces Jesus as the Son of God in familiar terms so that young children can see Jesus in their own day-to-day experiences as a storyteller, teacher, friend, and healer.

God and Me

Grades 2-3
The God and Me curriculum is designed to help children become best friends with Jesus and tell their story of “God and Me” together.

God and Family

Grades 4-5
The God and Family curriculum is designed to help youth understand the importance of family and God's role in a healthy family.

God and Church

Grades 6-8
The God and Church curriculum is designed to lead youth on a three part faith journey.

God and Life

Grades 9-12
The God and Life curriculum is designed to help students understand their call to a life of discipleship. 


Catholic Church

For more information, contact Fr. Glenn Harris at (309) 274-3809, Dr Doug Loberg at (309) 691-2250.

Diocese of Peoria Committee on Scouting

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Please see Vanguard International Scouting Association, an independent Affinity Group of the BSA serving the needs of Latter-day Saints in Scouting worldwide.

Vanguard International Scouting Association
World Headquarters
3309 Chaparral Drive
St. George, UT 84790

Adult Awards

Adult recognitions are given to adults for outstanding service to youth through both their church and the BSA.

Adult awards are not earned like youth awards: An outside party must nominate an adult to receive an award by submitting the required applications, letter of recommendation, and resume of activities. Self and spouse nominations will not be accepted. Nominations cannot be made posthumously.

Note: Not all adult awards are handled by P.R.A.Y. Please search by faith for more information specific to your faith.

Chart of Religious Emblems

Click to access the chart online.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is:

TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.

LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.

HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.

COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.

KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.

THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.

BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.

CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.

REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.



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