Scouting emphasizes spirituality; various faiths have awards

A Boy Scout is reverent.

That's the 12th point of the Scout Law, emphasizing how important spirituality and religion are in the Scouting program.

And with the annual Scout Sunday observance coming on Feb. 7, Scouting and faith are especially relevant topics.

As an emblem of spiritual endeavors, dozens of awards from different religions recognize a Scout's or Scout leader's devotion to a supreme being. Even amid so much diversity and extreme caution not to promote religion in general, the Boy Scouts have not tapered off in their reverent devotion. As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary, reverence remains a solid cornerstone of the movement.

The BSA, through the Programs of Religious Activities -- P.R.A.Y. publishing -- coordinates the religious emblem awards.

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