19 November 2016

A Scout is Reverent: Religious Requirements in Cub Scouting

The following "Duty to God" Adventures are required for a Cub Scout to earn his rank of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light. They are not optional electives, but must be worked on and earned by the Cub Scout and his family. Please note, these requirements were updated effective December 1st 2016 and the new requirements can be found at https://orthodoxscouter.blogspot.com/2016/12/updated-duty-to-god-faith-requirements.html.

1st Grade Tiger Cub Scout Adventure: "My Family's Duty to God" requirements
  1. With your adult partner, find out what duty to God means to your family.
  2. Find out what makes each member of your family special.
  3. With your family, make a project that shows your family's beliefs about God.
  4. Participate in a worship experience or activity with your family.

2nd Grade Wolf Cub Scout Adventure: "Duty to God Footsteps" requirements
  1. Visit a religious monument or site where people show reverence.
  2. Create a visual display of your visit with your den or your family, and show how it made you feel reverent or helped you better understand your duty to God.
  3. Give two ideas on how you can practice your duty to God. Choose one, and do it for a week.
  4. Read a story about people or groups of people who came to America to enjoy religious freedom.
  5. Learn and sing/chant a song that could be sung in reverence before or after meals or one that gives encouragement, reminds you of how to show reverence, or demonstrates your duty to God.
  6. Offer a prayer, meditation, or reflection with your family, den, or pack.

3rd Grade Bear Cub Scout Adventure: "Fellowship and Duty to God" requirements
  1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith. (Saint George Medal for Eastern Orthodox Christians in America)
  2. Working with a parent or guardian, spiritual advisor, or religious leader, provide service to help a place of worship or spiritual community, school, community organization, or chartered organization that puts into practice your ideals of duty to God and strengthens your fellowship with others.
  3. Identify a person whose faith and duty to God you admire, and discuss this person with your family.
  4. Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items, and practice them for two weeks.
  5. Attend a religious service, den or pack meeting worship service, or time of family reflection and discussion about your family's beliefs.

4th Grade Webelos Cub Scout Adventure: "Duty to God and You" requirements
  1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith for Webelos Scouts. (Chi-Rho Medal for Eastern Orthodox Christians in America)
  2. Help plan, support, or actively participate in a service of worship or reflection. Show reverence during the service.
  3. Review with your family or den members what you have learned about your Duty to God.
  4. Discuss with your family, family’s faith leader, or other trusted adult how planning and participating in a service of worship or reflection helps you live your duty to God.
  5. List one thing that will bring you closer to doing your duty to God, and practice it for one month. Write down what you will do each day to remind you.

5th Grade Arrow of Light Cub Scout Adventure: "Duty to God in Action" requirements
  1. Earn the religious emblem of your faith for Webelos Scouts, if you have not already done so.  (Chi-Rho Medal for Eastern Orthodox Christians in America)
  2. With your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, discuss and make a plan to do two things you think will help you better do your duty to God. Do these things for a month.
  3. Discuss with your family how the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to your beliefs about duty to God.
  4. For at least a month, pray or reverently meditate each day as taught by your family or faith community.
  5. Read at least two accounts of people in history who have done their duty to God. List their names and how they showed their duty to God.
  6. Under the direction of your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, do an act of service for someone in your family, neighborhood, or community. Talk about your service with your family and your Webelos den leader. Tell your family, den, or den leader how it related to doing your duty to God.
Please remember that these were the requirements until November 30th 2016. The new requirements for these Adventures can be found at https://orthodoxscouter.blogspot.com/2016/12/updated-duty-to-god-faith-requirements.html.
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