Frequently Asked Questions
ARE THE UUSO RELIGIOUS EMBLEMS ENDORSED BY THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA?
Yes they are! UUSO has a written agreement from BSA supporting its religious emblems program. UUSO has a “Memorandum of Mutual Support” (at right) with BSA from February 2004 stating in part that BSA and UUSO “will work with each other within the rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America to establish and nurture Scout units as an expression of the mission of the Unitarian Universalist Scouts Organization, Inc. and to administer a religious emblems program for Unitarian youth and adults so that they may grow in character, citizenship, responsibility, and with the personal fitness necessary to achieve their greatest potential.” A similar Memorandum is issued to each faith group that has a religious emblems program endorsed by BSA.
The UUSO religious emblems have undergone BSA’s review and approval process. Each UUSO emblem workbook is individually reviewed and approved by the BSA Religious Relationships Committee and the BSA Literature Review Committee before it is posted on the UUSO web site. Therefore, these emblems are recognized for authorized wearing of the UUSO religious award medal and the BSA religious award square knot on the scout uniform.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATION TO THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION AND THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA?
The board, officers, and members of the Unitarian Universalist Scouters Organization declare and affirm our independent commitment to serving Unitarian Universalist Scouting families. Our dedication as both Unitarian Universalists and Scouters is to nurture, promote, support, and recognize the UU Scout’s individual faith journey through his participation in our programs.