Sikh Religious Awards from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)

American Sikh Scouts receive the first Sikh Religious Awards approved by BSA – July 2014.
American Sikh Scouts receive the first Sikh Religious Awards approved by BSA – July 2014.

Several years of dedicated service by the Boy Scouts Task Force of the WSC-AR has finally paid off. Kirpal Singh, a member of the Task Force and a former Chairperson of the WSC-AR, was instrumental in writing the workbooks. The Boy Scouts of America has finally approved all four Sikh Religious Award workbooks and the four emblems/medallions which go with them. All four workbooks; two for the elementary school level, third for the middle school level and the fourth for the high school level are now available nationally to be used by Sikh or Non-Sikh children. Upon completion, the Scout will receive an emblem/medallion with a certificate in the presence of the congregation in the Gurdwara. A fifth emblem/medallion has been approved for adults, which will be given through a nomination process for ‘distinguished service towards youth empowerment’.

Also all the five Sikh emblems/medallions are now being included in ‘Duty to God’ an important brochure which includes the emblems/medallions of all the major faiths and denominations. Over 17,000 brochures are being printed which will be stocked in every BSA Council store across the US and also put on the BSA’s national website www.scouting.org.

Furthermore the ‘Sikhs and Scouts’ brochure is now available on the http://www.scouting.org/filestore/membership/pdf/Sikhs_and_Scouts.pdf for dissemination and a teaching resource material. Boy Scouts of America is printing a few thousand of these brochures also to be used for educating the Scouts across the US.

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