Religious Emblems 101: Getting Started
  1. Obtain the specific booklet based on the child's religion and grade/age. [Please note that P.R.A.Y. does not handle all the religious emblems programs.] This booklet contains the lessons and service projects that the child needs to complete. Children need their own booklets to document progress. Some religions also offer adult manuals for counselors and mentors. Your Boy Scout, Girl Scout or Camp Fire council may stock these booklets or find out how to contact the religious organization directly by searching by faith group or by agency.
  2. Parents must review the specific guidelines for their particular program. Some programs require that the youth be an official "member" of the local religious institution, other programs may not. Age/grade requirements also vary from program to program. In addition, each faith group sets its own guidelines as to who may serve as counselor. Some programs require clergy to serve as counselors, other programs allow parents or other family members to serve as counselors. It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to check the specific guidelines for their particular program.
  3. Families should talk to their religious leaders and show them the booklet before beginning a program. Many of the religious recognitions programs require that they be completed under the auspices of that religious organization, and many require the signature from the local religious leader.
  4. The young person needs to complete the requirements, obtain the proper signatures, and follow the instructions to order the recognition/emblem (recognitions are not available in local council stores).
  5. The recognition should be presented in a meaningful ceremony, preferably in the youth's religious institution, and can be presented at any time of the year. Remember: Boy Scout Sunday/Sabbath is in February, and Girl Scout and Camp Fire Sunday/Sabbath is in March. These are perfect times to recognize recipients of the religious recognitions.