TO Do MY Duty to God

All scouts from the beginning of the scouting movement until today have pledged a Duty to God, country, others, and self. As scout leaders it is our responsibility and duty to help our youth understand and follow the stated ideals of their oath or promise:

 Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God…

 Cub Scout Promise

I ________ promise to do my best

To do my duty to God…

Venturing Oath

As a Venturer, I promise

To do my duty to God…

And the twelfth point of the Boy Scout Law upon which the other eleven rest states that a scout is Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

This year the Chesapeake District is renewing its effort to equip all of our BSA Charter Organizations and scout leaders with tools and programs to help each reach out to scouts and their parents with opportunities to grow in their own personal duty to God. We’d like to have you join us in this effort.

Our founder Baden-Powell stated in 1908 that "No [person] is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. So every Scout should have a religion."1 He also gave us an  oath/promise in no uncertain terms and presented them in an order of descending loyalties: God, country, other people, and self. That order remains vital, and our efforts should be aimed at maintaining this precedence.

Today “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life. Only persons willing to subscribe to  these precepts from the Declaration of Religious Principle and to the Bylaws of the Boy Scouts of America shall be entitled to certificates of membership.2

Join us as we work together to help scouters live out Our Duty to God. For more info:

Karen Gambrill,

Dave Oshman, P355 (St George Award)

John Shipley, T239 (Faithful Servant Award)

Kim Carrigam, District Religious Emblems Coordinator,





(1) Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell - From The Aim of the Scout and Guide Movement, London: The Boy Scout Association 1921, and Scouting for Boys, London: Horace Cox, 1908, 6 vols.
(2) An excerpt from the Declaration of Religious Principle found both on the BSA Youth/Adult Applications (524-406A/524-501A) Rev2.2 09/2011



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