To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, many religious groups have developed religious emblem programs. The Catholic Church has developed religious emblems (medals) for various ages of youth. The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA recognize the value of these programs as part of the scout's promise to fulfill "duty to God" and "to serve God." Scouts may therefore wear these religious emblems on their uniform as official insignia.
All Catholic scouts are eligible to earn these awards!
Many troops sponsored by a Catholic parish or school earn the awards at troop meeetings. Scouts who are in multi-faith troops may earn the awards with the help of parents or an approved counselor. The CCS offers various emblem workshops in Lexington each year, which are announced in parish bulletins and on this web site.
Many parishes celebrate Scout Sunday in February and/or March and recognize the scouts who have earned these awards. Contact the CCS with questions about obtaining materials, finding a counselor, setting up a religious emblems workshop, etc. 859-253-1993, x 252 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures and basic information about the religious medals are found under "Documents" at the left of this page. The price list for medals and the address for requesting medals is also found under "Documents" at left.
In addition to the emblems (medals), there are also various religious patch awards that scouts can earn. Many of these awards can be earned by all scouts; some patch awards are for troops/units that are sponsored by a Catholic parish, school or organization. Information is available at http://www.catholicreligiousrecognitions.org/cathidpp/index.htm and http://www.nccs-bsa.org/activities/index.php