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Youth Religious Emblem Knot

Jessica sent in this question:

Hi there – I am wondering if the religious emblems of faith carry over from a cub scout uniform to a boy scout uniform or if it must be earned again in boy scouts. I know our religious organization has different programs for different ages for our emblem. Just wondering the logistics on this.

I believe Jessica is referring to the purple youth religious emblem square knot which may be worn on the uniform. They may wear the knot as Boy Scouts if they earned a Cub Scout religious emblem. There are actually devices (small pins) they can wear on the knot to indicate at which levels they received awards.

Scouters who earned a religious emblem as a youth member of a Scouting organization may also wear this knot. In fact, since I earned the Marian award as a Girl Scout, I wear the knot on my uniform.

 

2 Responses to Youth Religious Emblem Knot

  1. Beth May 19, 2014 at 3:15 PM #

    If she is referring to the actual emblems of faith from places like PRAY publishing, the answer varies. The medallions carry over, the pins are intended to be parent pins (like the rank pins) and are not worn on uniforms, the patches go on a “brag” vest, but are not worn on the uniform unless worn “temporarily” for some reason.

    We’re looking into offering the PRAY program through our church, so I just finished researching all of this for our vestry proposal :).

  2. Mike Walton (Settummanque) January 8, 2016 at 5:26 PM #

    (psst!! the knot emblem shown here is *upside down*… just to let you know…)

    Hey Jessica!! You wrote and asked us: “I am wondering if the religious emblems of faith carry over from a cub scout uniform to a boy scout uniform or if it must be earned again in boy scouts.”

    All faiths representing in the BSA has a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, older Boy Scout/Varsity/Venturing, and an adult service religious award or emblem.

    Your son, having earned the Cub Scout award, may wear that award on his Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing/Sea Scouting, and/or adult uniform *formally* at his desire.

    The small silver knot emblem with a purple background *represents the fact* that he earned a religious emblem. There are small program devices (a Cub Scout one, a WEBELOS Cub Scout one, a Boy Scout one, a Varsity one, a Venturing one and a Sea Scout device) which are attached to the cloth knot emblem to symbolize in which program(s) he had earned a religious emblem within.

    (take a look at http://www.scoutinsignia.com/devices.htm to see what I’m talking about.)

    When he graduates and becomes a Boy Scout, he may wear the purple and silver knot emblem on his Boy Scout uniform (the same with the other programs too or when as an adult he continues to serve as a volunteer) in the same place. Again, when he earns the Boy Scout version of your faith’s religious emblem, he attaches a Boy Scout program pin beside the Cub Scout one on the knot emblem.

    Beth is correct with regard to the other “elements” of the religious life programs offered by various faiths. Keep in mind that the religious emblems and awards are NOT BSA AWARDS — they are awarded by your faith community. The small silver and purple knot emblem is provided by the BSA to allow informal recognition that your son earned a faith award.

    I wear that knot emblem above (only flipped over *heheheheee*) to represent that in 1974 I earned the God and Country Protestant religious award.

    (Oh…how can you *tell* it’s upside down or not? There is a set of “long strands” and “short strands” for each square knot emblem — the square knot is worn so that the “long strands” as you look at the uniform shirt (or an illustration) is on the LEFT.

    You can also go to http://www.scoutinsignia.com/openrack.htm and see all of the current and former BSA “knot emblems” displayed correctly.)

    Congrats and I hope this helps out, Jessica!
    Settummanque!

    I know our religious organization has different programs for different ages for our emblem. Just wondering the logistics on this.

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