Religious Emblems

The Religious Emblems program is a program that allows boys to recognize their “Duty to God” and promise to “be reverent”.

Religious Emblems programs are written, maintained and approved by the various Faith Communities not by the BSA. BSA acknowledges the values of each of those programs and encourages participation and presentation of the achievement on the BSA uniform.  Religious Emblems programs are Scouting's way of demonstrating "Duty to God" and "reverence".

Program materials are written for your specific Faith or Beliefs and are directed toward age specific groups for all Scouting programs.

If you have any questions or need help contact the Council Religious Emblems Coordinator   
Don Shapley:

Events and Training

Scouting 500 Report

Over 600 boys, leaders and parents visited  the "Duty to God / Religious Emblems" activity area.  The "Duty to God Team" provided worship experience for nearly 5,000 participants!  What an opportunity this was to serve the members of BSA and God.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Annual "Ten Commandments Trek"                  

Mark your calendars and save the date - October 12 2014 is the annual "10 Commandments Trek"  This is always a very popular activity and you should attend to learn about other faith practices and to promote respect for those boys whose religious practices differ from yours.  Click here for more information.


  • Download PowerPoint presentations from University of Scouting and Chaplains/Chaplains Aide Training.
  • Download PowerPoint presentations from Commissioners College - part 1 and part 2.


Online Resources for Religious Emblems

Download the Duty to God brochure for a comprehensive list of Faith Communities 

Religious Emblems Display Teams (R.E.D.)

A council R.E.D. Team is available to make a presentation about the Religious Emblems program. To schedule a presentation at your roundtable, court of honor, or unit meeting, contact Homer Radford at (816) 356-1760.

Faith Committee Contacts for Religious Emblems

Religious Emblems Coordinator Don Shapley (913) 485-6299
LDS Steve Stephenson (913) 685-3827
Jewish Mark Rainen (913) 269-7584
Catholic - Missouri Mike O'Neil   (816) 436-4804
Catholic - Kansas Gary Smith (913) 433-6899
Community of Christ Dick Kramer (816) 591-0610
Protestant Jon Voss (913) 488-3548
Muslim Mahnaz Shabbir (816) 213-2536
Hindu Ramu Nalluri (913) 400-2997
R.E.D. Team Coordinator Homer Radford (816) 356-1760