“Duty to God” is at the heart of the
Scouting movement. Religious emblems reinforce this spiritual
component and promote many of the values found in the Scouting
program. The purpose of this “Duty to God Promotion Patch" is to
encourage youth and adults to learn about and promote the
religious emblems programs.
Youth and adults must:
1. Attend or
coordinate a presentation or information seminar on religious
emblems (sample resources and suggestions are available at
or order the DVD below).
2. Make a commitment to fulfill their “Duty to God”.
commit to earning the religious emblem of their faith at an
appropriate time, making a presentation on religious emblems to
another unit, helping younger Scouts earn their religious
emblem, helping to establish a religious emblems program in
their local congregation, etc.
commit to having 50% of families participate in the religious
emblems programs, commit to nominating a worthy
adult to be recognized with an adult religious award, serving as
counselor in their local congregation, etc.
The Duty to God Promotion Patch is a four-segment
puzzle patch with 8 to 10 colors per segment and is 100%
embroidered. Only one segment will be offered in any given
year along with the anchor segment with the Scout kneeling. Participants are encouraged to earn all four segments over
a four year span. Patches may be pre-ordered for distribution at the
presentation / information seminar.
Full Color Duty to God Promotion
The Duty to God Promotion DVD contains the
resources to make a presentation on the religious emblems
programs. These resources include the video
“Promoting Duty to God (Religious Emblems),” Duty to God
brochure/chart listing all religious emblems (SKU #512879),
scripts (for presentations to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers), and Parent Handout. Please read our
What is the purpose of the Duty to God
of this patch is to encourage youth and adults to learn about
and promote the religious emblems programs.
both youth and adults earn this patch?
youth and adults may earn this patch.
Is this patch for all faiths?
Yes. This patch requires that
you promote the religious emblems programs of all faiths.
A person from any religious background may earn this patch.
What are the requirements?
required to: 1) attend or make a presentation on religious
emblems, and 2) make a commitment to Duty to God.
What does it mean to "make a commitment to Duty to God"?
At the end
of your presentation on religious awards, Scouts and leaders
will be asked to make a commitment to fulfill their Duty to God.
This means that you do not have to wait until you have earned
your religious emblem in order to receive this patch. Making
a commitment to Duty to God can mean talking to your clergy
about earning your religious emblem, presenting information to
your congregation, helping younger Scouts learn about religious
When can I order the Duty to God
You may order
patches at any time. You may pre-order the patches to
distribute them at your presentation.
How do I make a presentation?
free resources available at
www.praypub.org. These resources include scripts, slide
presentations, a video on religious emblems, and parent
handouts. These resources are also packaged as a DVD available
for $5.00 from P.R.A.Y.
Does this patch replace the square knot?
No. The Duty
to God Promotion Patch indicates that you have learned about
the religious emblems programs. The Universal Religious
Square Knot indicates that you have earned your religious
emblem. The two patches are completely different and not to be
confused with each other.
Where is it worn on the uniform?
The Duty to
God Promotion Patch is a temporary patch and is worn on the
button of the right shirt pocket.
Does the Scout Shop carry these patches?
No. The Duty
to God Promotion Patch is administered by P.R.A.Y. and is only
available through P.R.A.Y.
If I want to order patches for my unit, will I get a price
Yes. Quantity price breaks are
available for larger orders when purchasing the same style patch:
1-15 patches @ $3.00
16-30 patches @ $2.75 each
31-49 patches @ $2.50 each
50-99 patches @ $2.25 each
100 + patches @ $2.00 each
a Scout just recently earned his religious emblem, does he
qualify for this Duty to God Promotion Patch?
Yes. A Scout
who just recently earned a religious emblem may receive a Duty
to God Promotion Patch. However, in the following years, in
order to receive the next segment of the Duty to God Promotion
Patch, he will either have to earn another religious emblem (or
help make a presentation on religious emblems to another group).
Why is this a four-segment puzzle patch?
The intent of
the puzzle patch is to encourage leaders to make presentations
on the religious emblems every year.
What is the anchor patch?
Scout segment is the anchor patch and it will always be the
first segment that a Scout receives. It is the anchore
around which all other segments will be added. This patch
will be available every year regardless of the rotation.
Is there a designated second, third
and fourth segment?
rotation is in place, but the year you start will determine
which segment you will acquire for the second, third and fourth
segments (i.e. you will acquire the segments in a different
order depending on the year you start). Visit
www.praypub.org to find out
which patch is currently available.
I make presentations at Pow Wows and Round
Tables every year. Can I hand out patches to the leaders at
Yes. The Duty
to God Promotion Patch may be distributed at adult trainings to
encourage leaders to make presentations to their own units.
Is this a BSA program?
No, this is a
P.R.A.Y. program created to promote Duty to God to members of
P.R.A.Y. is offering a limited supply of Duty to God
T-shirts. Order your shirt while supplies last!
The navy blue T-shirt features the puzzle patch on the back and
“Duty to God” on the front left chest. These are the same
T-shirts that were worn by the Religious Emblems Course
participants at Philmont Training Center.
The shirts were so well received that P.R.A.Y. decided to make a
limited quantity available. Plan to wear your shirt while
making a Duty to God presentation to your units!
500 special edition patches will be available.
This patch also has 8 to 10 colors per segment and is 100%
embroidered but stands out with its Gold Metallic border.
These will only be available online.Click here for more
If you believe that this program will make a difference
and would like to make a contribution towards its success,
please use this contribution form to make a donation. Please indicate
on this form to designate your contribution to the Duty to God