Each year, PrayPub (the outside agency that develops most of the religious education materials and awards) publishes the lists of BSA councils and awards presented:
For those in Circle Ten, my council, with 57,000 youth … here are our numbers for the protestant programs:
- 122 God & Me – 1st thru 3rd grade
- 116 God & Family – 4th & 5th
- 20 God & Church – 6th thru 8th
- 10 God & Life – 9th thru 12th
- 3 Four Star (all of the above)
- 17 Adult Awards
Of course, this doesn’t tell the whole story. These numbers are only of the Christian-Protestant awards, not the Catholic, Jewish or other recognized faiths. Still, there are a lot of protestants in Texas and only 288 recognitions for Scouts and Scouters.
Here are a few other observations:
- It is gratifying to see relatively flat numbers in the first two programs, implying perhaps folks continuing in the program as their Cub Scout progresses.
- It is equally disappointing to see the fall-off for Boy Scouts with the latter two programs.
- Only three Scouts received the “Four Star,” meaning all four awards, presumably three of the ten God & Life recipients.
- Only 17 Adults were recognized, which begs the question … who is teaching the Scouts? Teaching a course certainly doesn’t merit the award, but one would presume that there are far more than seventeen Christian-minded and actively-serving adults. But the adult award is only by nomination and the requirements are relatively steep in most of the faith traditions, usually 5+ years of active service in both the BSA and their home church or ministry. Still, seventeen seems low.
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