Religious Recognition Awards for Unitarian Universalist Scouts

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) encourage their members to earn a religious recognition. Guidelines for working toward a religious recognition in scouting are developed by religious organizations.

Girl Scouts

Religion in Life for Girl Scouts, available online at no charge, includes a program for younger girls and a program for older girls developed by UUA staff. The page, Girl Scouts and Faith, on the GSUSA website explains how religious recognition programs fit into Girl Scouting.

Boy Scout

Religion in Life for Scouts BSA (PDF) was recently updated by the UUA Faith Development Office and is available at no charge online. For Cub Scouts and Webelos, Love and Help , a program in Unitarian Universalist identity for 7- to 11-year olds, is now available for purchase at inSpirit: UU Book and Gift shop.

UUA and Boy Scouts of America

On March 24, 2016, the Boy Scouts of America and the Unitarian Universalist Association signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding to provide guidance to UU congregations who wish to sponsor Boy Scout troops. This move towards re-establishing organizational ties is due to the BSA’s recent policy changes making scouting more inclusive to gay scouts and gay scout leaders.

If you want to know more about the Boy Scouts and the UUA, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Love and Help meets the requirements for those seeking the Unitarian Universalist religious emblem as part of their participation in Cub Scouting or Webelos. Using dynamic designs and fun illustrations, it provides stories, activities, and thoughtful questions to help children better understand themselves, their family, their community, and their faith.

Purchase Love and Help

Scouts for Equality is an independent non-profit dedicated to promoting inclusive scouting and lifting up the value of diversity. They offer training, consultation, and recognition for individual BSA units and councils.

Find out about the Inclusive Scouting Award