Policy of the Boy Scouts of America Pertaining
to Recognitions Granted by Churches, Synagogues,
Temples, Mosques and Other Religious Organizations
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) recognizes that the religious emblem program with
which it is identified is in fact a number of separate programs developed by the respective churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other religious organizations for use along with the Boy Scout program. Therefore, if the award is to be recognized by the Boy Scouts of America and the emblem to be worn on the uniform, the Boy Scouts of America has the responsibility to ensure that these programs meet the criteria, mission and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. It is also the
responsibility of the Boy Scouts of America to establish guidelines for the design and display of these emblems which are affixed to the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer and Leader uniforms. It will be the responsibility of the Religious Relationships Committee of the Boy Scouts of America to review and approve all applications for new religious programs and/or changes to any existing one. Toward this end the following policy statement has been prepared.
- Permission to develop a new religious award to be used in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America program will be granted to national chartered organization upon approval of the Religious Relationships Committee. There must be a minimum of 25 units chartered to the organization in order for an award to be considered.
- All designs for badges, medals, etc. developed by
churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other religious organizations must be submitted to the Boy Scouts of America through the Religious Relationships Committee for acceptance before being worn on, or made a part of, the BSA uniform.
- Only religious emblem programs that are national in scope, that is, that have been developed by or in behalf of the national office of the religious body, will be considered by the Religious Relationships Committee. Religious emblems
programs that are specific to one locale only must conform to the policy on temporary insignia.
- A badge or medal will not be approved if in the consideration of the Religious Relationships Committee it will be confused with a badge or medal already in use by BSA. Likewise other badges and medals submitted for acceptance will be compared to religious emblems already in use in an attempt to avoid confusion
- Any change in the standards and/or design of a
religious award must be submitted to the Religious Relationships Committee to ensure that the changes agree with the principles of the BSA.