BSA Relationships Division

A Scout is reverent 

He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Curriculum booklets are available from the Three Fires Council Scout Shops and the religious organizations.

Religious Emblems Program

Youth Religious Knot Youth religious knot - Cloth, silver knot on purple, may be worn by youth or adult members who earned the knot as a youth, above left pocket.

Adult Religious Knot Adult religious knot - Cloth, purple knot on silver, may be worn by adult members presented with the recognition, above left pocket. Adults may wear both knots if they satisfy qualifying criteria.


Chaplain and Chaplain Aide

The Roles of Troop Chaplain and Chaplain Aide 

Scouting is a resource for religious organizations, schools, and community and civic groups to use in their program for young people. Scouting is an educational program based on "duty to God" and designed to enhance

  • A personal value system
  • Leadership skills
  • Citizenship responsibilities
  • Career awareness
  • Personal fitness

If the troop is operated by a religious organization, it is customary for the religious leader to serve as the chaplain. The religious leader may ask a member of the staff who is qualified to serve in that position. A unit not operated by a religious organization may select a chaplain for the troop from the local clergy.

Chaplain aide is an approved youth leadership position for Boy Scouts. The responsibilities are to encourage spiritual awareness and growth in the lives of troop members and to assist the chaplain. The Boy Scout seeking the position of chaplain aide should have earned or be in the process of completing his religious emblems study program. It is recommended that the Boy Scout selected be at least a First Class Scout. The chaplain aide should be mature and sensitive, a Boy Scout who has earned the trust of his fellow Scouts.


BSA Catholic Cmtee National Catholic Committee on Scouting 

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS) is a church committee of concerned Catholic lay people and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of the program of the Boy Scouts of America as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation. The committee, which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between BSA and the Catholic Church in the United States. Through interaction and dialogue with the Secretariat on the Laity and Family Life (the formal connection between youth ministry in the United States and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), NCCS works cooperatively with various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.

 National Catholic CmteeJoliet Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting

 Diocesan Chaplain:  Father Stephen Eickhoff
 Committee Chair:  Bill Doody
 Secretary:  Donna Doody
 Ros-a-Ree Info:  Barb Nadeau
Want Training? Training Chair
Phone: 815-834-4012

The Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month (no meetings in June or July) and they welcome you to be a guest at a meeting to see what they do.  ALL are welcome to visit (and apply to join if they want to).  They meet at the Blanchette Catholic Center (16555 Weber Road, Crest Hill) at 7pm.

Catholic Scouting Quarterly Newsletter - current and past issues appear on the website above.
To read the current edition, click here.

Religious recognitions - to order religious recognitions, download and mail the form with the required paperwork and signatures to the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. 

Download the brochures on Catholic Scouts, Religious Emblems, and Religious Patches

2017 events:

All other events appear at:



National Catholic Committee on Scouting

Rockford Diocese Catholic Committee on Scouting for Three Fires Council

Diocesan Chaplain: Fr. Matthew McMorrow 

Committee Chair: Eva Nowak 

Cathoree Chair: Mike Nowak                        

Asst. Cathoree Chair: Kurt Westhoff 

Religious Emblem Coordinator: Bob Mclear  

To locate a facilitator in your area, contact Bob McLear or any committee member. Adults interested in facilitator training, contact Bob McLear. 


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints incorporates the program of the Boy Scouts of America into its youth ministry to help young men learn and live the Christian values of service and leadership. In the spirit of furthering that mission, the Peterson Scholarship will provide financial assistance for Scouts to attend national level BSA youth leadership training.

For information on the Randall T. Peterson Youth Leadership Scholarship, click here.


Scouting Services - Jewish CommunityScouting Serves the Jewish Community -                                                            Scout Sabbath Services Resources

Scout Sabbath offers an opportunity for worshippers to honor Scouts and Scouters, as well as to learn more themselves about the value of Scouting as a youth program chartered to a Jewish organization. It gives a rabbi a framework to address Scouts directly, in addition to speaking about Scouting to the congregation.