| Chaplain Aide
The Chaplain Aide works with the unit chaplain to meet the religious needs of Scouts. He also works to promote the religious emblems program.
The chaplain aide must:
- Be mature and sensitive, and have earned the respect and trust of his fellow Scouts.
- Be at least a First Class Scout.
- Have received or be working on the requirements leading to the age-appropriate religious emblem for his faith.
- Assists the troop or team chaplain with religious services at troop/team activities.
- Encourages troop/team members to strengthen their own relationships with God through personal prayer and devotion and participation in religious activities appropriate to their faith (see note 1 below).
- Tells Scouts about the Religious Emblems program for their faith at least once a year.
- Helps recognize troop/team members who receive their religious emblems, (such as at a court of honor, see note 2 below).
- Makes sure religious holidays are considered during the troop/team program planning process.
- Helps plan for religious observance in troop/team activities.
- Encourages saying grace at meals while camping or at other activities (see note 3 below).
- Helps promote annual Scout Sunday or Scout Sabbath.
- Sets a good example.
- Enthusiastically and correctly wears the Scout uniform (all four parts).
- Lives by the Scout Oath and Law.
- Shows Scout spirit
- The BSA's Declaration of Religious Principle states in part: "The [BSA]...recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training."
- Religious Emblems are conferred by the Scout's religious leader, but the achievement should be recognized as a significant troop/team event.
- The chaplain aide may ask or be asked to lead the troop/team in prayer. If the group consists of members with mixed beliefs, or if the beliefs of the group are unknown, then prayers should be of an interfaith content. If the group is known to be of like belief, then it is appropriate to offer belief-specific prayer. The BSA's Declaration of Religious Principle freedom clause states "In no case where a unit is connected with a church or other distinctively religious organization shall members of other denominations or faith be required, because of their membership in the unit, to take part in or to observe a religious ceremony distinctly unique to that organization or church."
- Ranks requiring a Positions of Responsibility
- Star Rank #5 "While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions..."
- Life Rank #5 "While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 months in one or more of the positions of responsibility..."
- Eagle Scout Rank #4 "While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility..." (reduced list)
- See also: National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) - a fun, six-day outdoor learning course.