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We think of a "well rounded out" Cub Scout as well liked by other Cub Scouts and school friends.  He obeys the code of home, school and other people, he works hard in school to make good grades and is willing and eager to learn.  He attends church and Sunday School regularly with his parents and takes an active part in extracurricular church activities.  Perhaps he runs for an office in his grade at school or even has outside activities such as soccer, baseball, etc. that he can show leadership abilities in.  This is an example of a "well rounded out" young man.  We have quite a few of these wonderful young people and thank God for them!  But we have some Cub Scouts who do not have leadership abilities -- do not have the opportunity to be fully "rounded out".  Cub Scouting is a wonderful opportunity to help all boys in understanding more about God and the community.

Cub Scouts are watching you whether you are a leader or a helper and they do not understand double standards.  They expect you to be an ideal for them to look up to and, if you teach one thing and do another, a lot of respect for both you and your teachings is lost.

Learning to have respect for other people's property is a tough lesson to learn.  Teaching can start in den meetings at your home.  Have ground rules and expect them to be obeyed.  Respect for other people's property is a continuing learning experience.  "Property"  can extend to other people's privacy, money, time and help. This is all part of learning to live in your community and being a better citizen.

Cub Scouts can work on a badge for their interest in their church and their community.  They can learn more about their church -- its inner workings, etc.  This is done with the pastor or a representative appointed by him.  Requirements for different religions vary in time and some in depth.  It is an extracurricular activity for the Cub Scout and an experience he will never forget.

The Religious Emblems Programs

All of the major Churches and other religious bodies in the United States have programs to recognize the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers who demonstrate faith, observe their creed or principles, and give service.  The religious emblems are not Scouting awards.  They are presented by religious groups to boys (and young women in Exploring) who work with their religious leader or a counselor on a fairly demanding program of requirements.

In most cases, a youth member may start work toward a religious emblem as soon as he joins a unit.  However, some religious bodies requires that he achieve a certain rank or progress award, or have been in the unit for a minimum period, before he can receive the emblem.

Requirements for each religious emblem are determined by the religious body.  Student and counselor manuals are available from the Scout office or from your church headquarters.

For Boys

Boys may wear the square knot (silver on purple) centered above the left uniform pocket.  The religious emblem medals are worn on formal occasions only.

ALEPH (Jewish) - For Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts who have earned Bear rank or five activity badges and have been registered at least six months.  Requirements cover knowledge of the Torah, prayer, religious holidays,the synagogue, a Bible hero, American heritage, and Israel.  (Requirements available Scout Service Center).

PARVULI DEI (Roman Catholic) - For Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts.  Requirement cover understanding Christian love, knowledge of the church, and the home parish, and service (Requirements available Scout Service Center).

SILVER CREST (Salvation Army) - For Cub Scout with at least six months' service.  Requirement covers Salvation Army doctrines and history, prayer, Bible reading, and service. (Requirements available from the Salvation Army, 120 West 14th St., New York, NY 10011).

FAITH IN GOD (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) - For Cub Scouts who have earned Bear rank or at least five Webelos activity badges.  Requirements include prayer, Bible Stories, geneological charts, leadership, and service.  (Requirements available Church Distribution Center, 1990 West 1700 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84104)

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