Religious Emblems In Scouting

Baden-Powell on Religion and Scouting

“Religion is essential to happiness. This is not a mere matter of going to church, knowing Bible history, or understanding theology. Religion . . . means recognising who and what is God; secondly, making the best of the life that He has given one, and doing what He wants of us. This is mainly doing something for other people.”
-Lord Baden Powell

“Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the forefront, not let ourselves get too absorbed in the steps. Don’t let the technical outweigh the moral. Field efficiency, back woodsmanship, camping, hiking, Good Turns, jamboree comradeship are all means, not the end. The end is CHARACTER with a purpose.”
-Lord Baden Powell

“There may be many difficulties relating to the definition of the religious training in our Movement where so many different denominations exist, and the details of the expression of duty to God have, therefore, to be left largely in the hands of the local authority. But there is no difficulty at all in suggesting the line to take on the human side, since direct duty to oneʼs neighbour is implied in almost every form of belief.”(Aids to Scoutmastership, 1919, pg.33)

“The method of expression of reverence to God varies with every sect and denomination. What sect or de-nomination a boy belongs to depends, as a rule, on his parentsʼ wishes. It is they who decide. It is our business to respect their wishes and to second their efforts to inculcate reverence, whatever form of religion the boy professes.” (Aids To Scoutmastership pg.33)


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