Youth Religious Award

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Greetings!  Here is your opportunity to sign up now for your Scout to earn the Youth Religious Award!

We are lucky to have two experienced instructors lead this series of instruction, Liz Killebrew, LTC, US Army (Retired) and Tia Gray, Music Director. Both are Youth Group Leaders at Christ the Saviour Anglican Church (CSAC), Mount Vernon Virginia.

For your convenience, we will meet on the same day and location of our regular Troop meetings! --Just at a slightly earlier time, 6:30 PM.

If you want you can skip past the Details to the sign up form below. The form will ask for your full name, telephone number, your Scouts name, and Troop number.

Thank you!


Gregory Scoma

Assistant Scout Master, Troop 993, Mount Vernon, Virginia


Start Time & Date:  At 6:30 pm on Monday, 12 February, God and Life, the program for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Religious Emblem for youth grades 9-12, will begin at Wesley United Methodist Church, 8412 Richmond Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22309.

NOTE: For Scouts from other troops, this the same day and location that Troop 993 meets for its regular weekly meetings starting at 7:30 PM.

Meeting Frequency:  We will meet eleven times, approximately weekly. 

Deadline/Suspense to Sign Up:  If your young person wants to participate, please sign up below by 10 February

Non-Scouts of the appropriate age are welcome too!

About the God and Life Program

“A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God... faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion."- Boy Scouts of America Website, Religious Emblems Program to encourage members of BSA to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups developed religious emblems programs that the BSA approved. 

The Boy Scouts of America recognizes Scouts' efforts by allowing them to wear these emblems on the official uniform (see patch below). 

The program beginning on Monday, 12 Feb is hosted by Christ the Saviour Anglican Church and welcomes everyone. 

Program Goals - Participants should understand this iteration is Christian with its goals being: 

* Young people strengthening their relationship with Jesus; 

* Becoming open to God’s calling in their lives; 

* Developing a plan for daily Bible reading (and using it); and 

* Writing a statement of commitment. 

* The Apostle Paul's encounter with the resurrected Jesus, as recorded in Acts 9:1-31, shapes the five different sections of the program, and the program has five service projects.  

Books and Cost - The program requires each scout to have his own student workbook when the program starts, and each scout should have a mentor- ideally a parent- who also needs a workbook. Purchase mentor and student workbooks at for $5 each. There are scholarships available if the expense is prohibitive. Please let Mr. Shaw know if your scout needs a scholarship. 

About the Teachers - The program will be taught by youth pastors from Christ the Saviour Anglican Church, Liz Killebrew and Tia Gray. Father Rick Beyea is Christ the Saviour's rector, and he will perform your scout's final review unless your pastor chooses to do it. 

The many Christian denominations included in this God and Life program are: Baptist, Episcopal, Anglican Church of North America,African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, Assembly of God, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), (CME) Christian Methodist Episcopal, Church of God, Church of the Nazarene, Cumberland Presbyterian, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Presbyterian Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), Protestant Christian,Christian, Non-Denominational Christian, Independent Christian, Reformed Church in America, Seventh Day Adventist, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, Wesleyan. 

Other religions and denominations:

Have their own programs, but everyone is welcome to participate in The God and Life Program as it is presented. 

Almost all religions are represented within the BSA Religious Emblems Program. If your scout wants to earn his religious emblem award, and he is not a Christian or is a member of a Christian denomination that is not Protestant or Independent Church, check the following website for the requirements and coordinate with leaders of your faith community:

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