Approval of Medallions for Sikh Religious Award for Scouts
The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) has worked closely with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for nearly two years to prepare and finally secure approval of 'Sikh Religious Award'.
Scouts of any religious tradition (Sikhs and non-Sikhs) and gender can participate and work on this Religious Award. Upon completion of the Sikh Religious Award, the Scout will receive an emblem/medallion with a certificate provided by WSC-AR. The emblem/medallion along with the 'Universal Religious Square Knot' can be worn on the Scout uniform.
This will provide a significant opportunity for Scouts from various faiths to learn about Sikhs since there are over 2.6 million active Scouts across the US. In turn, it will help in enhancing interfaith understanding and harmony among various segments of society in the country and beyond.
WSC-AR's recent participation in the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Mt. Hope, West Virginia in July 2013 provided an outstanding opportunity to bring awareness about the Sikh Faith to over 40,000 non-Sikh youth. WSC-AR will continue to collaborate with BSA, in instituting the 'Sikh Religious Award'.
The Boy Scouts of America has as part of their program developed various religious emblems which encompass many of the major faiths of the world. This is to encourage the Scouts to grow stronger in their own faith. The approval of this program allows emblems/medallions to be worn on the official uniform.
The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) is the umbrella organization representative of Sikhs in the United States. It is an elected body of Sikh Gurdwaras and institutions. Currently 51 Gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions across the nation are members of WSC-AR. The major governing purpose of the organization is to represent the collective view of Sikhs in the United States. WSC-AR works to promote Sikh interests at the national and international level focusing on issues of advocacy, education, and well-being of humankind.
The Religious Beliefs Committee of the Boy Scouts of America approved four medallions for the Sikh Religious Award in February 2014. Two of the medallions are for young scouts in Cub Scouts (Grades 1-3 and 4-5). The two other medallions are for older scouts in Grades 6-8 and 9-12. The candidates who successfully complete the age appropriate Sikh Religious Award workbook will be awarded medallions with certificates by WSC-AR through their local Gurdwaras in the presence of the community. Upon completion of the religious award, the Scout will also receive a universal religious square knot patch from the Boy Scouts of America through their Troop, which is worn on their uniform.