Other Religious Emblems
RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS PROMOTION
YOUR ROLE AS A UNIT LEADER
As Scout leaders, one of our roles is to promote Religious Emblems to the Scouts in our units, and to promote all faiths equally. Unit leaders are NOT required to lead the religious education discussions at the heart of the Religious Emblems. Rather, you as unit leaders can satisfy your obligations just by promoting religious emblems to the Scouts in your units and encouraging ALL the Scouts to earn the appropriate Religious Emblems for their faith and age.
This is the second in a series of emails intended to give you some information that will assist you in your role of promoting the various Religious Emblems. Also, the University of Scouting offers courses on Religious Emblems designed to increase your familiarity with them and to enable you to make a unit presentation on Religious Emblems. Also, I am happy to come to a meeting of your unit to help you make a presentation on Religious Emblems if you don't feel comfortable making the presentation or if you would prefer that someone help you.
This email will focus primarily on the Catholic Religious Emblems available to the Catholic Scouts in your units. But, first:
JEWISH RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS
Please read and share the Jewish Religious Emblems document with the families in your unit. A copy of the document can be found by clicking here. This is a brief overview of the Jewish Religious Emblems.
Families who would like more information about the Jewish Religious Emblems program are encouraged to visit the National Jewish Committee on Scouting web site at: http://www.jewishscouting.org/awards/religiousemblems.asp
The first page of the overview on Jewish Religious Emblems lists the 4 Jewish Religious emblems by name of the award and gives a brief discussion of the rank/age eligibility requirements for the Scouts.
For more detailed information on the individual awards, the course content, the requirements for earning them, and the applications for ordering them, please refer your unit families to the National Jewish Committee on Scouting web site at:
The second page of the overview gives high level information about the Jewish Religious Emblems program -- for parents who are new to Scouting and parents who may not understand what a Religious Emblem is or how to go about working on one.
One point that should be noted is that all Jewish Scouts, regardless of age, need to work with a Counselor to complete and earn their Jewish Religious Emblems. The Counselor can be the Rabbi of the Synagogue the Scout attends, or a teacher at the Scout's Jewish religious school. This is intended to strengthen the Scout's ties to his Synagogue and his religious school.
Rabbi Morris Allen at the Beth Jacob Congregation in Mendota Heights has graciously offered to be the Counselor for any Jewish Scouts in the Eastern Twin Cities Metro area who would like him to be their Counselor. Rabbi Allen has served as a Counselor in the past and is eager to help Jewish Scouts earn their Religious Emblems. His contact information is on page 2 of the attachment.
Information in this page is courtesy of
God and Country Coordinator
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church