Faith in God
There has been some confusion on how the Faith in
God program works with the Cub Scout program, but hopefully this page
will clear things up. Below is a chart comparing the current program with past programs from which a lot of the confusion is generated
because the names are either the same or quite similar.
Religion and Scouting
Spirituality has been an integral part of the international Scouting
movement since its inception. While Scouting is a non-denominational
organization, it has strong ties to various religious organizations. As
early as 1908, Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell
wrote in the first Scout handbook that, "No man is much good unless he
believes in God and obeys His laws." The Scouting movement allows each
boy, den, pack, or troop its own freedom to worship God in his own way
while promoting each scout to become strong members in his individual
faith. To help promote this spiritual growth among the boys, each faith
has its own special award that a boy can earn, each with its own
LDS Church and Cub Scouts
other denominations, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
has a religious award for Cub Scouts. It is called the "Faith in God"
award, however, there is not a "medal" or some kind of pinnable award
that the boy receives. Instead, he receives a small patch that is sewn
above the left pocket of his scout shirt.
So what is the Faith in God Award?
Faith in God award is a program that operates within the Primary
organization for both boys and girls. When a child is baptized, they
are given a small booklet by a member of the Primary Presidency. The
booklet contains the list of requirements that must be completed. The
program is four years long, and is set up so that each year a child is
in primary, he or she completes some of the requirements. Upon
completion, the child is awarded the certificate from the back cover of
the booklet and is signed by the Primary President and the Bishop.
So how does my Scout earn a religious award?
order to get his Cub Scouting religious award, there are
requirements he must complete. They are listed in the "Faith in God for
boys" booklet throughout the pages. The ones required for the Cub Scout
award have a small square knot symbol next to them. A scout could
potentially complete all seven requirements in a short period of time,
and doesn't require all 3 years to complete. Once he has completed the
seven requirements, he will be awarded his religious knot in the next
Pack Meeting. The Wolf Den plans to work on 3 of the requirements, and the Bear
den plans on doing the remaining 4, so if your Scout attends his Den
meetings faithfully he should be able to get the award by the time he's
ready for Webelos. It's possible to earn the religious knot without
completing the entire Faith in God booklet, and it's also possible to
complete the Faith in God award without earning the religious knot, so
make sure you read the booklet carefully.
seven eight requirements are:
- Give a family home
evening lesson on Joseph Smith's First Vision. Discuss how Heavenly
Father answers our sincere prayers.
- Give an opening and
closing prayer in family home evening or at Primary. Share your feelings
about how prayer protects us and helps us to stay close to Heavenly
Father and the Savior.
- Tell a story from
the Book of Mormon that teaches about faith in Jesus Christ. Share your
testimony of the Savior.
- Prepare a pedigree
chart with your name and your parents' and grandparents' names. Prepare
a family group record for your family and share a family story. Discuss
how performing temple work blesses families.
- Write a letter to a
teacher, your parents, or your grandparents telling them what you
appreciate and respect about them.
- Help your Primary
leaders plan and carry our an upcoming quarterly activity.
- Write a poem, story,
or short play that teaches a principle of the gospel or is about
Heavenly Father's creations.
- Read "The Family: A
Proclamation to the World." Make a list of things you can do to help
strengthen your family and make a happy home. Share the list with your
parents or Primary leader.
How important is this award?
the requirements for the award will help strengthen your child's
testimony, and help him or her to stay on the straight and narrow path.
Faith related aspects aside, if your scout earns his religious knot
patch, it completes an achievement for the Bear program, and fulfills a
requirement for the Webelos badge. (note: if your scout doesn't earn
the religious knot, the handbooks have alternate requirements)