Religious Emblems

A Scout is Reverent…

A Scout is faithful in religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

Events of the Religious Emblems Committee:

Diocese of Rochester Religious Emblem Information Night- Sept. 21!

The Rochester Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (RDCCS) personally invites leaders and parents of children involved in the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America programs to an evening to learn more about the Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems. The evening is scheduled for Monday, September 21 (7 p.m.) There is an in-person and virtual option. The in-person option has limited space. To register, click below. Questions? Contact

Information Night Registration

 SWC Religious Emblems Brochure

For Scouts BSA, Venturing, Exploring and Adult Scouters

Journey of Faith (plans are under way to conduct this event this fall in a socially distant way): a 5 Mile Urban Faith Hike held annually. Participants will walk to several faith houses to learn about different faiths and their Religious Emblems

For Cub Scouts

Footsteps of Faith: a station rotation event to teach Cubs about different faiths and the Religious Emblems offered. Details TBD, but anticipated to be held concurrently with the Journey of Faith

 Fun Facts:

  • The purple knot is the only knot that can be earned as a Cub Scout and can be worn at ANY Scouting level — even as an adult!
  • For each new award earned by the Scout, a device will be pinned to the knot. There are different devices for the different levels of Scouting—Cub, Webelos/AOL and Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scouts.
  • ANYONE can earn the Protestant Religious Emblems – Scouts, non-Scouts, church-goer OR not. Have your friends earn it with you!
  • Catholic Cub & AOL awards can be earned with the help of just your parent! However, you must be a registered member of a Catholic parish.

Scouts, Venturers & Explorers

  • Scouts, Venturers and Explorers of all levels can earn Religious Emblems.
  • Medals are worn on the uniform on the left pocket flap.
  • Purple knots are worn over the left pocket.

How do I get started?

  • Workbooks for many of the Religious Emblems are available at the Strong Scout Shop, or through your faith’s Scouting website.
  • Counselors are approved based on your faith. You can check with your Scout leader, religious leader or contact the SWC Religious Emblems Committee to help you find a counselor.
  • Early Fall is the best time to start your program to be able to earn your award by Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath in February.

Adult Awards

Even adults can earn religious emblems for their service to their faith through Scouting.


Get local faith leaders, lay ministers, parents, grandparents and others involved!  Adults can act as mentors and some requirements involve the community.

Religious Emblems Committee –

If you have questions or would like to discuss with someone local please review the list below.

Committee Email: 

Committee Chair

Jeff Walent, or 585-415-5627

District Religious Emblems Coordinators

  1. Bay Waters – Vacant 
  2. Black Creek
    1. Valerie Polachak, 585-694-2418 or
    2. Bill Redman, 585-359-4845
  3. Genesee Crossroads – Vacant
  4. Lighthouse—Annette Thompson, 585-621-5507
  5. Mohawk
    1. Jenn Clancy,  315-694-0918 or
    2. Jim Wilck, 315-576-6282
  6. Seneca—Nicky Kirsch, 585-269-8971
  7. Towpath—Paula Popper, 585-662-5310