The purpose of the Pillars of Faith program is to provide a special recognition to those Boy Scouts, Venturers, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls who have earned all four of the traditional Catholic Religious Emblems. 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 emblems is a monumental feat and demonstrates tremendous commitment to their Catholic Faith. The Pillars of Faith Program ("Service to God" for Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls, "Duty to God" for Boy Scouts and male and female Venturers) 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.
- Boy Scouts 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.
- Venturers (BSA) must have completed Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII (for males) or Family of God, I Live My Faith, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII (for females), and be a member of any organization that uses these emblems.
- Girl Scouts and American Heritage 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 emblems.
Scouts who have earned all four Religious Awards in previous years are eligible to receive the
Pillars of Faith award and pin.
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. We encourage you to recognize their achievement. (To order the Pillars of Faith for your diocese, please contact Curtis O'Connell at the email address below.)
Presentation of the Pillars of Faith Award and Pin
This award should be presented as the highest religious recognition that a Scout can achieve while he or she is 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 you understands the magnitude of their accomplishment. Also the recognition should be presented in a timely manner so the youth is recognized shortly after his or her fourth Religious Award.
For more information regarding the Pillars of Faith
award and pin, please contact Curtis J. O'Connell at 719-590-1104 or