About the Emblem
The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) emblem is to help young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community.
- To help the Scout of his age develop an awareness of God's love for each one of His special, unique created beings.
- To help the Scout become aware and understand his identity as an important member of his family, his community, and as a member of the Family of God.
- To continue to develop an awareness as members of the parish and the Body of Christ.
- To aid the Scout in his awareness of the responsibilities that grow out of God's love for us.
- Registered 8 to 10 year old (Bear or Webelos) of Catholic Faith.
- Each Cub have his own Activity Book (Parvuli Dei Activity Book, Publication Date: 2003).
- The book is designed for the Cub and his parent or guardian to work together.
- The Cub will be required to make a banner as part of the requirements.
- Diocesan and BSA Youth Protection policies must be followed.
- Emblem 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 "http://www.scoutstuff.org" 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.
- Actively work on the activities with his parents or guardians.
- Keep the Religious Emblems Coordinator informed of his progress.
- 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 Resource
- 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.
- Scouts 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 of Emblems
- Each diocese has one or two indivduals who are designated to purchase religious emblems. Only these NCCS authorized submitters are allowed to order emblems for their diocese. Please consult with your local Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to determine when and where the next Award Ceremony will be held.