Light of Christ

The purpose is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents’ active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend.

Light of Christ MedalProgram Objectives
  • To support the role of the parents as the primary catechists of their children.
  • To have the Scout identify Jesus as a real person and as his friend.
  • To foster early family religious involvement.
  • To be a stepping stone toward Parvuli Dei and the other religious emblems, when the parents are involved.
  • To serve as a catalyst to draw the parents into a deeper involvement with the church, through the child.
  • Registered 6 and 7 year old (Tiger or Wolf) Cub Scout of Catholic Faith.
  • Each Cub have his own Activity Book.
  • The book is designed for the Cub and his parent or guardian to work together.
  • Diocesan and BSA Youth Protection policies must be followed.
Getting Started
  • Light of Christ BookEmblem Books may be obtained most economically and quickly from your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shops. Alternatively, they can be obtained directly from BSA Supply at “” or through most Diocesan scout committees.
  • Although the book could be completed in four to six hours, the goal of earning a religious emblem is to help the Cub develop a personal relationship with Jesus, so it is suggested that steps be spread over several weeks. This will help the Cub understand that this is a long-term commitment, not a one-time project.
Scout’s Role
  • Actively work on the activities with his parents or guardians.
  • Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of his progress.
Parent’s Role
  • Actively work on the activities with their son. He may need your help with Bible readings and getting information.
  • Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of the Cub’s progress.
  • Parent Guide Resourse
Program Completion
  • When the Cub completes all steps, he is to present the book to his parish priest or the priest’s representative and the book is reviewed with the Cub.
  • After the pastor or his representative signs the book, the application form, the form only is sent to the diocesan chaplain for final approval.
  • Contact your Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting Chaplain upon completion. They are your contact for further instructions on how to obtain the religious emblem. They will order the emblem and let you know the details about the emblem presentation.
  • Religious KnotScouts who earn this Religious Emblem are also entitled to wear a BSA Religious Knot over their left pocket. Please consult with your local Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to determine how knots are presented in your area. If they are not presented with the Religious Emblems, then they can be purchased at your local BSA Council Service Center Scout Shop with proof that the scout received the emblem.
  • The first rule in preparing recognition ceremonies is to keep them simple but impressive. The second is to remember that the ceremony is for the youth. Many Dioceses present their religious emblems in their Diocesan Cathedral, either in the context of a liturgy or a prayer service. The key is to make it special and memorable. See Religious Emblems Reference Manual for presentation helps for your Diocese.
  • The religious knot should be presented at a Pack Meeting. However, it can be presented along with the Emblem.
  • Religious Emblems Reference Manual and forms.
Ordering and Presentation of Religious Emblems
Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie
St. Mark Catholic Center | 429 East Grandview Boulevard | Erie, Pennsylvania 16504 | Ph. 814-824-1218 | Fx. 814-824-1239
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