Scouts BSA


Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem

Designed for any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a Scouts BSA Troop or Crew. Note: To begin working on this award you must have completed the 6th Grade. Ages 12-13 years old. 

Introducing the Ad Altare Dei Youth Manual Electronic Version


Light of Life Religious Emblem

Designed for Scouts BSA, 12 -13 years old. 

  • The “Light of Life” is a program developed for scouts of the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches. Light of Life respects the cultural and ritual differences among the various Eastern Catholic Churches.
  • The overall goal of the Light of Life religious emblem program is to bring about in the Scout, through his Eastern Catholic Scouting experience, a deeper awareness of his share in faith-life. Then going forth, he will witness this life through maturity in communal worship and in Christian formation of his world.
  • This program is to be used by the Eastern Catholic Scouts rather than the Ad Altare Dei program. It is not appropriate to work on both programs.


Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem

Designed for Scouts BSA 15 years old and older (before their 18th birthday). Venture Crew Members (male and female before their 21st birthday).


Pillars of Faith Recognition:

The purpose of the Pillars of Faith program is to provide a special recognition to those youth in Scouting who have earned all four of the Catholic Religious Emblems. Very few Scouts earn the Eagle Rank, and even fewer earn a Religious Emblem of their faith.  Earning all four Religious Emblems is a monumental feat and demonstrates tremendous commitment to their Catholic Faith. The Pillars of Faith Program- Duty to God Pin recognizes these Scouts.

The name and design of the award represent the fact that the four Religious Emblems, one for each program are like pillars, supporting the Scouts’ development in and appreciation of their religious faith. The Religious Emblems are the pillars, not the roof, for none of us are ever done growing in our faith. The design also includes the Church, the Bible, the Cross, other essential elements in faith. The pin can be worn on the scout uniform or as a lapel pin on non-scouting attire.

Pillars of Faith Overview: Overview

Pillars of Faith Application:Application