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Duty To God

Required Adventure

It is important to know that the BSA has a religious element as a part of the program as stated in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. However, the BSA is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward a member’s religion or faith.  The BSA policy is that the home and organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.

Duty to God … Your family and religious leaders teach you about God and the ways you can serve. You can do your duty to God by following the wisdom of those teachings and by defending the rights of others to practice their own beliefs. The BSA is absolutely nonsectarian (not affiliated with or restricted to a particular faith or religious group) Reverent means that a Scout is faithful in their religious duties and respects the beliefs of others. No matter what the religious faith of a Scout may be, this fundamental of good citizenship should be kept before them.

This Adventure is commonly done at home with the Cub Scout’s family.  If it is being done as a den, ensure that every parent and guardian is aware of the content and the activities that the den will do and allow parents to opt out of doing it as a den activity and choose to complete the requirement at home.

Requirements

Family & Reverence Adventure This Adventure may be earned by completing the requirements below OR by completing a Religious Emblem of the Cub Scouts family’s choosing.
Discuss with your parent or legal guardian your family’s faith traditions or one of your choosing. Choose a view or value of that faith tradition that is related to the Scout Law. Discuss with your family how each family member demonstrates this value.
Family Traditions & Scout Values Discussion
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts discuss their family’s faith traditions and values and how they relate to the Scout Law with their parents or legal guardians.

This activity is designed to be completed at home.

  • No supplies needed

At home:

  1. Cub Scouts and their parents or legal guardians discuss their family’s faith traditions.
    • Are there any views or values of your faith tradition that are related to the Scout Law?
    • How does each member of your family demonstrate these values?
Meet with a representative of a faith-based organization in your local community who provides a service that assists people in crisis regardless of their faith. Identify who they help and how.
Faith-Based Guest Speaker
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List1
Prep Time4

Invite a leader of a faith-based organization to learn how they provide service to those in crisis.

  • No supplies needed

Before the meeting:

  1. Contact a leader of a faith-based organization and ask if they can attend your den meeting and answer questions about how they help people in crisis.

During the meeting:

  1. Introduce the guest speaker.
  2. Encourage Cub Scouts to raise their hands to ask questions.
  3. If Cub Scouts are having a hard time asking questions, have them consider the following questions:
    • What are some of the greatest needs for our community members in crisis?
    • What service programs do you provide for those in our community?
    • Are you looking for volunteers for your programs?
  4. Thank your guest.

After the meeting:

  1. Send your guest a thank you card.
Discuss with your parent, legal guardian, or an adult leader what “Duty to God” means to you. Tell how you practice your Duty to God in your daily life.
Reverence Discussion
LocationIndoor
Energy 1
Supply List1
Prep Time1

Cub Scouts discuss with their parent or legal guardian what “Duty to God” means to their family and how they practice that in their daily life.

  • No supplies needed

During the meeting:

  1. Lead a discussion with Cub Scouts asking the following questions:
    • Based on your religion and family faith traditions, explain what you feel your duty to God is.
    • What responsibilities do you have to your religion and family faith traditions?
    • What are things you currently do to meet these responsibilities?
    • What are some things you could start doing to meet these responsibilities?
    • Are there responsibilities to your religion or family faith traditions you don’t yet have but will have
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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure.

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