Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chaplain's Aide

Within a Boy Scout Troop, Team or Crew, one of the positions of responsibility available is Chaplain's Aide.

The Requirements for this position are that they

  1. Be mature and sensitive and have earned the respect and trust of his or her fellow Scouts.
  2. For a troop chaplain aide, be at least a First Class Scout; for Venturing, be an established member of a Venturing crew.
  3. Have received—or be working toward completing the requirements leading to—the age-appropriate religious emblem for his or her faith.
This is a position that not every troop has filled. If there is a available boy who is not ready to fulfill this role in a mature, serious manner, it is probably best not to have the position filled, and have adult leaders take these responsibilities.

The Responsibilities of this position include:
  • Maintain the troop's religious emblems award progress chart.
  • Present an overview of the various religious emblems programs to the troop at least annually, instructing members to contact their own clergyperson or religious counselor to guide them in the appropriate study programs.
  • Compile and keep an up-to-date list of local clergy who have agreed to be counselors for the religious emblems programs.
  • Present an overview of the religious emblems programs to Cub Scout dens and packs on request.
  • Serve as the youth coordinator for the observance of the annual Scout Sabbath or Sunday in February.
  • Working with the troop chaplain, usually a member of the clergy, compose a Sabbath service appropriate for all troop members during weekend campouts. Invite the troop chaplain to visit a campout, eat with the troop, and conduct a worship service.
  • Prepare a troop prayer.
  • Assist the troop chaplain, or other appropriate adult, to plan and conduct a religious emblem recognition ceremony. Presentation of a religious emblem is the responsibility of the local religious institution in which it is earned, though it is appropriate for the troop to recognize boys who have received religious emblems at courts of honor.
  • Encourage troop members to strengthen their own relationship with God through personal prayer and devotions and participation in religious activities.
  • Participate in patrol leader's council planning sessions, ensuring that a spiritual emphasis is included, e.g., vespers, prayer before meals, religious observances, etc.
  • Working with the troop chaplain, compose an appropriate prayer for before and after meals. When composing these prayers, the chaplain and chaplain aide should be sensitive to the various theological and religious positions embraced by the faiths represented in the group.
  • Work with the troop chaplain to plan appropriate religious services for all members during weekend troop campouts. Troops may conduct their own religious services, invite the troop chaplain or an exemplary layperson to participate in the service, or they may visit a nearby church, synagogue, temple, mosque, or other religious institution.
The Chaplain's Aide is a position of responsibility that can be used as part of rank advancement while a scout is working toward their Star, Life and Eagle Ranks.

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