Calling Millennial Volunteers

Are you between 20-40 and looking for a way to get back involved with the Boy Scouts of America? Do you have a few hours that you can donate your time towards projects that will help strengthen the Duty to God message within the BSA?

If so, the National Religious Relationships Committee is looking for volunteers for different Sub-Committees and for different Projects. If any of the below items sound like something you would like to volunteer your time with, contact us at with the assignment name, your contact information, and what council/faith group. We will work with you to get approval from your local council and faith group to get you onboard.

Project Positions

Social Media Blogger: We are looking for two people from each faith group partnering with the BSA that wants to blog about activities, programs, and more on this website. Time commitment: 2 articles a month. Skills: writing, photography, and passion.

Video Editor: We are looking for two to four people that can put together videos for the social media pages for the National Religious Relationships Committee. We will have some projects where we will send you raw footage, and others where we want you to go out and get footage from your local events. Time commitment: project to project. Skills: video editing.

Letters of Congratulations: We are looking for people that will reach out to community leaders across the country to create letters of congratulations from politicians, religious leaders, etc. for youth that complete a Religious Emblem. Time commitment: a couple hours a month. Skills: communication, writing, networking.

Newsletter Editor: We are looking for someone to create two monthly newsletters for the National Religious Relationships Committee. One that goes out to faith partners and units, and the other for inner-committee communication. Time commitment: a couple hours a month. Skills: communication, writing, organization.

Committee Positions

These positions involve three in-person meetings a year, and monthly sub-committee conference calls. Plus projects as assigned.

Media Sub-Committee: Working with coordinating a social media platform for the National Religious Relationships Committee.

Religious Relationships: Working to build a communication network of faith leaders from various charter partners of the BSA.

Religious Emblem Coordination: Working with councils to develop and strengthen religious emblem promotion.

Scouting Quotes on Duty to God

Looking for quotes from Scouting Leaders for use in Religious Services, Programs, Scout Ceremonies, etc. that have a Duty to God element? Here are some of our favorite:

“We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.” ~Robert Baden-Powell

“No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws.” ~Robert Baden-Powell

“Scoutcraft is a means through which the veriest hooligan can be brought to higher thought and to the elements of faith in God; and, coupled with the Scout’s obligation to do a good turn every day, it gives the base of Duty to God and to Neighbour on which the parent or pastor can build with greater ease the form of belief that is desired.” ~Robert Baden-Powell

“Development of outlook naturally begins with a respect for God…Reverence to God and reverence for one’s neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God.” ~Robert Baden-Powell

“The study of Nature brings into a harmonious whole the questions of the Infinite, the Historic, and the Microscopic as part of the Great Creator’s work.” ~Robert Baden-Powell

When asked where religion came into Scouting and Guiding, Baden-Powell replied, “It does not come in at all. It is already there. It is a fundamental factor underlying Scouting and Guiding.”

We are looking for other Faith and Duty to God quotes from the founder’s of Scouting, and today’s Scouting leaders. Share quotes you have found in the comments.

Looking for Chaplains for the 2019 World Jamboree

The BSA National Religious Relationships Committee is assisting the World Jamboree by locating 125 Chaplains to partner with the Listening Ear staff for the 2019 World Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

We are looking for 40 more Chaplains at this point in time interested in serving in these roles for any of the many faiths around the world. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please reach out to your faith’s Scouting Committee to see how you can help fill their quotas. Links to their websites can be found on the Resources Page at

The Journey Begins


The National Religious Relationships Committee is honored to create this website to catalog many of the Duty to God and A Scout is Reverent resources in other locations on the internet.

Over the next few weeks, we will be populating the resource section of this website, and then will manage it on an ongoing basis. If you know of other resources available online, please message them to us through the Contact page.

When asked where religion came into Scouting and Guiding, Baden-Powell replied, “It does not come in at all. It is already there. It is a fundamental factor underlying Scouting and Guiding.”

What Does Duty to God Mean?

Here’s the official BSA answer…but we want to know your answer when a Scout or parent asks you. Comment Below.

A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

National Duty to God Award Recipients

2018 Recipients

Donna Copeland:
She is a true servant leader and a passionate promoter of “Duty to God” in Scouting. As chair of the of the Training Subcommittee of the National Religious Relationship Committee, she helped develop an online chaplain training program, faith-based initiative workshops and promoted the “Duty to God” exhibit booth at BSA national meetings. She serves as vice president of the Association of Baptists for Scouting and has provided leadership for Protestant worship services at the 2017 National Jamboree, Philmont and Sea Base. She is the recipient of the Baptist Good Shepherd religious award and is actively involved in the spiritual education and development of youth at her church and as a volunteer in local public schools.

Larry Coppock:
He is the National Director of Scouting Ministries for The United Methodist Church, where he has distinguished himself by establishing ministry initiatives in Scouting. He donates time to Special Olympics and Catholic charities, and has served at 5 National Jamborees. He is the executive director of Strength for Service, Inc., a non-profit company that produces devotional books for the military and first responders. He is a contributing editor for the best-selling Boy Scout edition of Strength for Service to God and Community. Mr. Coppock is an active member of the Palestine United Methodist Church in Springfield, Tennessee.

Dr. Sam Houston:
Dr. Houston has been continuously registered with the BSA since 1941. Sam is the Association of Baptist for Scouting’s past national president, executive board member, and chaplain. He has served as chaplain for 12 National Jamborees and 2 World Jamborees. He has been a faculty leader at Philmont several times since 1965. Dr. Sam Houston has been Council President and Commissioner, as well a member of the executive board of the Longhorn Council for over 50 years. He has pastored churches in a number leadership roles for over 60 years, including 30 years at Woodrow Baptist Church of Covington, Texas.

Dr. Neil Lupton:
Dr. Neil Lupton’s 63 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America is illustrative of his commitment to the character and spiritual development of youth. Since 2012, he has been a valued member of the National Religious Relationships Committee. Dr. Lupton has developed or co-developed many national programs and activities including Journey to Excellence, 21st Century Wood Badge, three Philmont Training Center courses, and the Boy Scout and Den Chief’s handbooks. Dr. Lupton is the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and St. George Award.

2017 Recipients

Dr. Ron Adolphi:
Dr. Adolphi’s dedication to faith and Scouting has enriched the lives of thousands of Scouts and Scouters. He is a founding member of the National Lutheran Association on Scouting and served as its first president. He has served in many capacities since then and continues to serve as mentor to the executive board. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver, and Silver Antelope. He is a Viet Nam veteran having received two Legions of Merit and two Bronze Stars. After retiring from the Army as Colonel, Ron was recognized with the Department of Defense’s highest civilian honor, the Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service. He and his wife, Celia, have been with St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia for nearly 40 years.

Rev. Donald Hummel:
Reverend Hummel is a faithful servant to God and Scouting and has been the heartbeat of the Northern New Jersey Council for almost 60 years. He has assisted the Philmont Scout Ranch as chaplain every summer since 1992, as well serving as chaplain at many National and World Scout Jamborees. Reverend Hummel has been recognized for his love of Scouting and outreach to young people, both interreligious and community based. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo, Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver, Silver Sage, and Bronze Pelican. He serves on International Catholic Scouting Foundation. His long and distinguished career as a servant of God and numerous service and leadership honors and recognitions have demonstrated well his passion for faith, community, education, and outreach to youth since 1964.

Syed Naquvi:
Syed has been passionate about Scouting since he joined in 1979, but his Scouting experience began when he was 7 years old in his native Pakistan where he received the highest youth honor, the King Scout Award. Sayyid began his professional career in Scouting as a District Executive in New York, and later founded the Islamic Council on Scouting and National Islamic Committee on Scouting in 1980. He developed the religious awards for youth and adults for the Muslim community. He currently chairs the National Islamic Committee. He has been a chaplain at six National Scout Jamborees and last 2 World Scout Jamborees. He is a Silver Beaver, and received the Silver Medal Award at the World Jamboree in 2015, and the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award from the Asian American Outreach organization. He is the cofounder of the World Islamic Movement of Islamic Scouting and, founded the first Islamic National Scout Jamboree, and is a representative to the United Nation for Interfaith International.

Rev. Robert Thornton:
Reverend Thornton has served as the Director of Scout Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for nearly three decades. He has served as the interfaith chairman for two councils and a religious instructor at Philmont. He has been a representative Girl Scouts of America, Campfire Boys and Girls, 4H Clubs, American Heritage Girls, and Trail Life USA. He is a Silver Beaver, and recipient of the Christian Church God and Service Award, Roman Catholic Bronze Pelican Award, and the Jewish Shofar Award. He has volunteered with the Disciples of Christ Homeland Ministry for 30 years.

2016 Recipients

Rev. Chip Turner:

Rabbi Peter Hyman:

Distinguished Recipients (Non-Members)

Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States of America (2018)