Duty to God

Declaration of Religious Principle

The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which a member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life. Only persons willing to subscribe to this Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of membership.

Statement from Lord Baden-PowellLord Baden Powell

"The Scout, in his promise, undertakes to do his duty to his king and country only in the second place; his first duty is to God. It is with this idea before us and recognizing that God is the one Father of us all, that we Scouts count ourselves a brotherhood despite the difference among us of country, creed, or class. We realize that in addition to the interests of our particular country, there is a higher mission before us, namely the promotion of the Kingdom of God; That is, the rule of Peace and Goodwill on earth. In the Scouts each form of religion is respected and its active practice encouraged and through the spread of our brotherhood in all countries, we have the opportunity in developing the spirit of mutual good will and understanding."


Religious Emblems Programs

The religious emblems programs are key spiritual components of the Scouting movement. These programs have been created by the national religious organizations/committees. They help young people to become more active members of their own faith group and encourage spiritual development by providing specific religious instruction. These programs are overseen by and/or taught by religious leaders and administered by religious organizations, not by the Boy Scouts of America. Click here to see the Duty to God Brochure with an overview of the Religious Emblems Programs.

Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers interested in pursuing their faith's Scouting Spiritual Emblem program, contact Greg Schultz at 706-224-3087 for information.

BSA National Religious Emblems Web Site

P.R.A.Y. Web Site

Duty to God Weekend for Cub Scouts & Webelos (Christian - Catholic and Protestant)

Duty to God Weekend for Boy Scouts & Venturers (Christian - Catholic and Protestant)

Council Duty to God Banquet