The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsors 10,345 Cub Packs of the Boy Scouts of America and on November 21st, 2013 Pack 719 Cienga Ward of the Rincon Stake, Vail Arizona, every scout in the entire Pack was awarded their Religious Square Knot Award and the Thomas S. Monson Award.
Over the past few months these young boys have worked hard to complete the requirements for these two awards. Nan Cowley, the Den Leader, commented, “We are so pleased with the boys and their hard work to make this happen. We raised the bar and the boys and their families exceeded our expectations. It was wonderful.”
Thomas S. Monson Award recipients are Jace Best, Everest Daugaard, Spencer Merrill, Ryan Hancock, Ryan Marsh, Lander Porter, Ruben Claderon, Cole Kartchner, Nathan Jester, Nicholas Johnson, Sam Priest, Emilano Herrera, Dylan Elam, Kade Mossman, Kade Mossman, Owen Mayfield, and others.
Others not in the Cub Pack who earned this Award were leaders: Beck Bingham, Amanda Leavitt, Corine Neumiller, Jeanne Nichols, Nan Cowley, non-Scouts, Jonathon and Emily Leavitt
The Thomas S. Monson Award can be earned by youth, i.e. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, girls, boys and adults of all ages and is an “On My Honor” award.
One Cub, Owen Mayfield said “Every time I look at this Award it will remind me to do the right thing.”
The Religious Square Knot Awards were presented to the boys by their Den Chief Beck Bingham and the Thomas S. Monson Award was presented to each boy by Bishop Kyle Merrill.
Cub Scout Nathan Jester remarked about the Religious Square Knot Award, “It reminds me to be grateful to the people all over the world”
The Religious Square Knot Award represents the Cub Scouts Youth Religious award. Of all the possible awards a scout can earn, this is interesting because the religious awards are not Scout awards. They are awarded by a religious group, and each church has their own version with their own award. But the BSA recognizes these awards and allows youth and adults who have earned the award to wear this square knot. This award, as explained by April Dawn Talbot, a local scout leader and friend of many of the families represented at this ceremony, is the part of the Faith in God that can be applied to the LDS Scouting Religious Emblem of Faith or as the Church calls it, the Religious Square Knot. The Faith in God is a Scouting award, while this is a Church award. The Religious Square Knot is a patch the boys can earn which remains on their uniforms, both Cub and Boy Scouts, for the rest of their Scouting days, even into the future if they should become adult leaders. There are only two patches that carry over from Cub Scouting years to Boy Scouting years and this is one of them, the other is the Arrow of Light. The boys do seven requirements out of the seventeen they need for their Faith in God Award to earn their Religious Square Knot. As Talbot said, “It is still an incredible and fantastic accomplishment that these boys succeeded in doing together, and I am so proud of them!”
It was a great evening and hot cider was severed.