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New unit-level position helps Scouts find religion (or at least religious emblems)

Help make “A Scout is Reverent” more than just words recited at a troop meeting.

Find someone in your pack or troop to fill the new Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator (UREC) position.

The UREC, now recognized as a position on the unit committee, will educate, motivate, evaluate, and facilitate the religious emblems program at the unit level.

And, of course, he or she will wear a position patch showing everyone his or her importance in helping Scouts do their Duty to God.

Additional information regarding the position, including a complete position description, can be found on the Membership Resources page on

(H/T Scout Wire)

14 Comments on New unit-level position helps Scouts find religion (or at least religious emblems)

  1. Does this replace the unit chaplain?

  2. “Additional information regarding the position, including a complete position description, can be found on the Membership Resources page on” **** There is no description of that position at that link, or anywhere else on, although the District level position that is equivalent can be found with some searching.

  3. What an exciting addition to unit committees! We can’t see any info on UREC on the Membership page on Can you let us know the exact url to see more info on this new position? We see the district level REC position but not the new unit level one. Thanks! ScoutAdvancement team

  4. Tim H., SM T99 // September 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm // Reply

    I have an adult serving as troop Chaplain, so my only question is, “Why?”

  5. Peter Transkowski // September 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm // Reply

    @Herb Dodds:
    Same question from me. The Job Description of Chaplain includes, “Encourage Scouts to participate in the religious emblems program of their respective faith.”

  6. patrick provart // September 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm // Reply


  7. Cubmaster Joe // September 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm // Reply

    National page has been change recently I do believe. I also cannot find anything about that position on their site. Someone get National on it please. I have a volunteer willing and able to fill that title, since that is already her function on the committee.

  8. I don’t understand why BSA sees the need to create more and more committee positions. I have been involved in several several units from Cub Scout to Venturing and I have yet to see any committee staffed with all of the _necessary_ positions. Positions like this would seem to just add confusion. As others have already pointed out, BSA has a position for this already called Chaplain. We need to better follow the acronym K.I.S (Keep it Simple).

  9. Unit Chaplain is a youth leadership position in a troop. UREC is an adult cmte position on a pack, troop, team of crew.

    • The troop chaplain is an adult who may be a troop committee member, the executive officer of a religious chartered organization, or serves in another leadership capacity.

      The chaplain aide is an approved youth leadership position in Boy Scout troops. The responsibilities of this position include encouraging the spiritual growth and awareness of each member of the troop and assisting the troop chaplain (and adult committee members).

    • Mike McKernan // September 29, 2012 at 7:55 am // Reply

      Unit Chaplain is an ADULT position the Chaplain Aide is the youth position

  10. Troop Chaplain and Chaplain Aide as defined on

    “If the troop is operated by a religious organization, it is customary for the religious leader to serve as the chaplain”

    “This person is the representative of the chartered organization to the district and local council of the Boy Scouts of America. This person must be able to represent the organization’s concern in both policy-making and program. The chaplain should work closely with the chartered organization representative for the interest of the chartered organization and its ministry, as well as for children, youth, and families.”

    “Chaplain aide is an approved youth leadership position for Boy Scouts. The responsibilities are to encourage spiritual awareness and growth in the lives of troop members and to assist the chaplain.”

  11. This seems like a duplicate of existing positions.

  12. R. Chip Turner // October 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm // Reply

    The Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator is really not a duplication of existing responsibilities, though working with the unit’s chaplain is a great idea. Also, the position offers a great opportunity for an interested person to support Scouts of all faiths to learn about and pursue the religious emblem(s) of their faith. Upcoming webinars will offer more details on this new role.

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