Faith-based Organization Chartered Partners


The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God, 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.  Membership or affiliation with a formal religion is not a requirement, but every Scout is expected to subscribe to a moral code as defined by his family.

Religious Emblems Program


The BSA recognizes religious emblems which are available from most religions through a national denominational committee on Scouting.  Those emblems are owned and managed by the faith group committees, not the BSA.  The BSA authorizes wearing of the medals and corresponding square knot on uniforms by Scouts and Scouters.  The majority of faiths’ Scout religious emblems and adult awards are provided through the Program for Religious Activities for Youth (P.R.A.Y.)


Religious emblems an important component of the Scouting program and the BSA encourages Scouts who have affiliations with organized religions that offer these emblems to work on their respective faiths’ age-appropriate religious emblems.   Most faiths offer four emblems: one for Tiger Cub through Bear Cub Scouts, one for Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts, one for younger Boy Scouts, and one for Boy Scouts and Venturers who are 14 or older. Emblems are illustrated here.


Most national faith committees on Scouting also offer adult awards (medals and a corresponding square knot) for Scouters who support Scouting for members of their respective faith groups.

Our charter partnerships are with congregations and organization from the following faiths: Roman Catholic, United Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Jewish, Baptist, Greek Orthodox Catholic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and evangelical religious groups.   


The Great Salt Lake Council includes the following faith-based committees:

(We will offer a webpage to each of these groups which each may accept or decline)

  • Council LDS Committee on Scouting                                   
  • Council Catholic Committee on Scouting
  • Council Jewish Committee on Scouting
  • Council Protestant Committee on Scouting

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