The American Religious Awards program is organized by Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA although the specific badge requirements for Quaker Girl Scouts and Cub Scout/Boy Scouts are set by FCS.
The program consists of two progressive awards:
- That of God Award, which is for Young Friends in the second to fifth grades. Although intended for this age group, first graders may also attempt the award if appropriate.
- Spirit of Truth Award, which is for Young Friends in the sixth to twelfth grades and Venture Scouts.
Participants must be members of Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA or Camp Fire USA while being members or attenders of a Monthly Meeting or Friends Church. This includes active participation in the life of the Meeting or Church, regular attendance for worship and, if applicable, business meetings, as well as First Day or Sunday School or religious education at a Quaker school.
The program materials can be downloaded here:
The two awards are slightly different but both incorporate an eight-pointed star, known as the Quaker Star, with a scriptural quotation central to Quaker belief: “A light that shines in the dark”. The red and black Quaker star dates back to the work of British Friends during the Franco-Prussian War of 1872. It has, since that time, been associated with Quaker relief service worldwide. The quotation comes from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, fifth verse. It refers to the light of God that shines in all humanity.