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Pillars of Faith

The purpose of the Pillars of Faith program is to provide a special recognition to those youth in Scouting who have earned all four of the traditional Catholic Religious Awards. Very few Scouts earn the top award of their program (less than 4% of Boy Scouts) and even fewer earn a Religious Award from their faith. So to earn all four Religious Awards is a monumental feat and demonstrates tremendous commitment to their Catholic Faith. The Pillars of Faith Program ("Service to God" for girls and "Duty to God" for boys) recognizes these Scouts.

The name and design of the award represent the fact that the four traditional Religious Awards for each program are like pillars, supporting the Scouts' development in and appreciation of their religious faith. The Religious Awards are the pillars, not the roof, for none are ever done growing in their faith. The design also includes the Church, the Bible, the Cross, other essential elements in faith.
Pillars of Faith - Duty to God    Pillars of Faith Award

  • Boys must have completed Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII and be a member of any organization that uses these emblems.
  • Girls must have completed Family of God, I Live My Faith, Marian Medal and Spirit Alive and be a member of any organization that uses these awards.
Other Dioceses
Other dioceses outside of the Diocese of Colorado Springs can use the Pillars of Faith award and pin to recognize their Scouts. This is the highest youth religious recognition Scouts can receive after earning their Religious Awards. Other dioceses can recognize their achievement.

Presentation of the Pillars of Faith Award and Pin
This award should be presented as the highest religious recognition that Scouts can achieve while they are on the Scouting Trail. The Pillars of Faith pin should be presented in a formal Awards Mass or appropriate formal ceremony (preferably by the Bishop, Priest or Pastor). The key is to make the presentation very special, so the youth understands the magnitude of their accomplishment. Also the recognition should be presented in a timely manner so the youth are recognized shortly after their fourth Religious Award. 

For more information regarding the Pillars of Faith award and pin, please contact:

 Curtis J. O'Connell

Curtis O'Connell,
Nov 8, 2017, 6:45 PM
Curtis O'Connell,
Nov 8, 2017, 6:45 PM