In an effort to provide more structure and guidance for the Chaplains Aides (CA) in my district’s troops, I drafted a small guide that was intended for the Troops to consider, adapt and utilize if they chose to. The guide draws out that CA is a leadership function, not just a service function, so the CA(s) should be leading, including:
– Preparing before campouts to deliver their Scouts’ Own Services
– Delivering the SOS itself, with the enlistment of supporting team members
– Debriefs after each SOS, as an opportunity to improve and grow
– If a CA is unable to attend a campout, they are still responsible for ensuring that an SOS still occurs during the campout, including the preparation and the debrief.
It also includes two signature sheets: one signed at the beginning of the term of service (acknowledging expectations) and the second signed at the end of service for completion.
CLICK HERE to download the first draft of the Guide to Chaplains Aides
The Guide is a work-in-progress, with this being the first draft for considered use this Fall & Winter. I will update the guide after lessons learned, as well as after suggestions offered by Scouters on the Internet.
As always, thanks for reading and your feedback.
All religious courseware and programs are prescribed by the various religious institutions that have chosen to develop them. The programs are not created or maintained by the Boy Scouts. BSA simply approves the program structure and provides a method of recognition via the Uniform Knots for Scouts and Adults.
Religious study programs that are designed for 6th thru 12th grade youth can be recognized with the Boy Scout-specific metal ‘device’ (pin) is available for the Purple Scout Religous Knot, BSA part number 05007, and the respective Boy Scout, Varsity, Venture or Sea Scout pins.
Depending on the scout’s faith, they have options such as:
||3rd, 4th and 5th grade
||God & Family
||4th and 5th grade
||4th and 5th grade
||2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th
While a formal religious activity is not required for rank advancement, having a healthy faith is a mandate for each scout that can be examined during the Board of Review or Scoutmaster Conferences, based on how the scout is “Living the Scout Oath and Law” (which is expressly defined).
See also the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
If you know of other resources related Religious Programs, Awards or Rank Advancements, please let us know !