Religious Relations

Boy Scouts of America—Declaration of Religious Principle

The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home, in conjunction with the organization or group with which a member is connected, will give definite attention to religious life. Only persons willing to subscribe to this Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of membership.

Although nonsectarian, the Scouting program is an available resource for religious organizations, schools, and community and civic groups to use in their programs for young people. Scouting is an educational program based on “duty to God” and designed to enhance:


  • A personal value system
  • Leadership skills
  • Citizenship responsibilities
  • Career awareness
  • Personal fitness

Click here for BSA National religious resources

  • Handbooks for Chaplains & Chaplain Aides
  • Scout Sabbath Services
  • Scout Sunday Oberservances

The religious awards program is maintained by P.R.A.Y (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth)

Click here for requirements & material for specific awards both youth & adult. PRAY