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The Duty to God

For nearly a century, since its founding in the United States in 1916, the Boy Scouts of America has always been committed to the moral, ethical, and spiritual development of our youth. While Scouting is not a religion, the BSA believes that the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law, including the Duty to God, are central to the BSA's goals of teaching the values of self-reliance, courage, integrity and consideration of others. A Scout pledges: "On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law ..." Scouting, however, does not seek to impose a specific set of religious beliefs upon others who do not share them. Virtually every religion is represented in Scouting and the BSA does not define or interpret God. That is the role of the Scout's family and religious advisors.

Religious Emblems Programs

Supported by the BSA, in conjunction with local and national religious organizations, a wide variety of religious emblems programs are available to Scouts in the Buckeye Council to help them grow in their Duty to God.

Sponsoring Religious Organizations (click for specific information)

  • African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Western Prelacy)
  • Armenian Church of America (Eastern Diocese)
  • Baha'i
  • Baptist
  • Buddhist
  • Catholic, Eastern
  • Catholic, Roman
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Church of Christ, Christian Scientist
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
  • Churches of Christ
  • Community of Christ
  • Eastern Orthodox
  • Episcopal
  • General Church of the New Jerusalem (The New Church)
  • Hindu
  • Islamic
  • Jewish
  • Lutheran
  • Meher Baba
  • Moravian
  • Polish National Catholic Church
  • Presbyterian Church in America
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Protestant and Independent Christian Churches
  • Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist
  • United Pentecostal Church International
  • Unity Churches
  • Zoroastrian

General Information and Links

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do We Get Started on These Programs?

Boy Scout Summer Camp Duty to God Program Requirements (for youth & adults)

Chart of Religious EmblemsExternal Link

P.R.A.Y.External Link

National Catholic Committee on ScoutingExternal Link

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