Complete the five sections of requirements found in the TRUST Handbook.
Tending Your Beliefs
This section focuses on your own personal beliefs and must be completed before proceeding to the other four sections.
Complete the following:
- 1. Earn the Religious and Community Life Bronze Award.
- 2. Receive the religious emblem appropriate to your age and religious affiliation. This requirement is option No. 1 among the requirements for the Religious and Community Life Bronze Award. If completed for that award, it counts here, too. If your religion does not offer a religious emblem program such as those in the Duty to God brochure, No. 05-879D, then you may complete a similar program of religious discovery suitable to both your Advisor and your religious leader.
- 3. Visit with your religious leader and discuss your beliefs and why you accept those beliefs. Compare your personal beliefs with those formally accepted by your religion. Following this discussion, write an essay explaining your beliefs and review it with your religious leader and your crew Advisor. Make a 15- to 20-minute presentation (discussion, video, slideshow, etc.) to your crew or another youth group explaining your beliefs.
- 4. Explain the Venturing Oath and the Venturing Code in your own words. Explain how they have an effect on your daily life, your life goals, and how you live your life as a part of your community.
Respecting Beliefs of Others
Complete the following:
- 1. Talk with a history/social studies teacher, attorney or other legal professional, or other knowledgeable adult about the U.S. Bill of Rights, and especially about the concept of freedom of religion. What did this concept mean to our founding fathers? What does this concept mean today? What limitations have been imposed on this freedom? What happens when freedom of religion and freedom of speech clash with each other? Hold a discussion (not debate) about freedom of religion with members of your crew.
- 2. Find out what religious groups are worshipping in your community, and whether they have been there for generations or whether they are relatively new to the community. Talk to at least five adults in your community about the impact various religions have on your community. Report your findings to your crew.
And one of the following:
- a. Pick one of the religions listed on page 21 of the TRUST Handbook (other than your own). After extensive research on the selected religion, present a report to your crew or other youth group (such as a troop, crew, religious group, or school group). The report should detail the history of the religion, its modern application as a religion, and important historical events. Also include information about where and how the religion is commonly practiced.
- b. Attend a religious service/gathering/festival of one of the religions listed on page 21 of the TRUST Handbook (other than your own religion). Attend with a parent, Advisor, or religious professional. Write about your experience and how it relates to the thoughts and practices of the religion. Compare the basic tenets expressed in the religious service/gathering/ festival with those of your own religion.
- c. Meet with two youth working on a religious emblem approved by the BSA found in on page 62 and 63 of the TRUST Handbook (not your own religion). These young people can be members of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, or any other youth organization. Discuss with them their current religious journey.
- d. Contact an official in an inter-religious organization (interfaith coalition, council of churches, etc.). Discuss how religious tolerance is important in both local and global issues.
- e. Attend an inter-religious festival and talk with two people from another religion (from the list on page 21 of the TRUST Handbook) about the similarities and differences between your religion and theirs. Report your findings to your religious leader.
Understanding Other Cultures
Learn about the historical significance of cultures in the US and study one cultural group in detail.
Serving Your Community
Complete a community service project and learn about organizations in your community that serve youth.
Transforming Our Society
Learn counseling skills, conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, and how to apply them in your own life.
Source: 2005 TRUST Handbook (33154)
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