My name is Glenn Glass and I am taking on a new responsibility of coordinating the Pack 216 Religious Emblems program. I will also help direct or facilitate other faiths and denominations, but will directly organizing the Catholic program at St. Michael's.
A Scout is reverent. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Each Cub Scout rank includes a religious component and this program counts toward the rank advancement. Scouts who complete the program get a special on patch they can wear on their uniform even as they advance to Boy Scouts and into Adult Leadership. Additionally, most Cub Scout religious emblems consist of a bar pin and pendant as well. All are worn above the left pocket
Each faith handles the program differently, but they are a workbook-driven, faith-family based experience intended to broaden and deepen a scouts understanding of his faith, and how he plays an active role in his faith community.
The Catholic program is divided into two parts:
Light of Christ: For Tigers and Wolves (it parallels First Communion faith formation somewhat)
Parvuli Dei: For Bears and Webelos (each rank has a religious requirement)
Your Scout can only earn Light of Christ once (as a Tiger or as a Wolf) and Parvuli Dei once (as a Bear or as a Webelo). You can earn both Light of Chris and Parvuli Dei or just one of them.
For Catholics, our goal is to have the boys complete the requirements (which include a meeting with a priest from St. Michael's) before Scout Sunday weekend, which is scheduled for the first weekend in February (2/5/2012), so the awards can be offered during Mass that day.
My intention is to identify those Scouts interested in participating this year, so I may get you the workbooks by the first Pack meeting in September (scheduled for Tuesday, 9/20/2011). I am also happy to help direct those families of different faiths to appropriate local or national resources and assist in any way I can assist. Pack 216 will provide the workbooks, but there may be additional coordination needed by the family and their faith provider.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating, if you have questions, or if you are looking for information regarding faith-based religious emblems programs. Also, be sure to let me know what rank your Scout is working on this year so I can provide the proper workbook. My family has found working through these programs to be fun and fulfilling for both parent and child.
I would appreciate your response no later than Sunday, September 18th. Thanks!
Yours In Scouting,
Den 10, Pack 216