A Scout is Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. A Scout is faithful in his/her religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom, beliefs and/or religion. The BSA Statement of Religious Principle “maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God.” This adventure provides each Scout an opportunity to learn about and practice his religious faith.
From Tigers to Webelos, scouts begin to obtain and develop a consistent understanding & awareness of what Duty to God means for them, their families, and in Scouting. Scouts will explore ways they can practice their family’s beliefs, have opportunities in scouting adventures to be good neighbors, reaching out in fellowship to people in their communities and learn about others' beliefs. Scouts will experience the universal principle, common to many beliefs and religions, that we should treat others the way we want to be treated.
Scouting tries to inoculate a strong moral value system within its members, including the most important element – a belief in God and a sense of duty and reverence towards Him. While requiring that its members acknowledge a fundamental belief in a supreme God, the BSA organization does not define the specifics of any particular religion except to say that God must be the center of it. The BSA encourages its members to actively practice their own religious faith in worship of Him. Scouting is a nondenominational religious and educational institution and all faiths are welcome.