Scouting's Founder, Lord Baden Powell, knew that faith gives young people a road-map for life, and is a wise guide for thoughts and actions. Over 100 years later, we still believe this to be true. It is our individual faith traditions that inspire us to look beyond ourselves turning our attention to helping others. Scout Sunday is a beautiful reminder to ground ourselves in faith and reverence, both in our personal lives and in BSA's daily mission to make the world a better place. The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day. *Units may adjust this date to best meet their needs.
*Scout Sabbath or Scout Shabbat - for Jewish Scout units, is always the Saturday after Scout Sunday. This year, it begins at sundown on Friday, Feb. 10 and continues into the next day. Scout Jumuah offers a chance to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting within the Muslim community. The National Association of Muslim Americans on Scouting has designated Feb. 10, 2017, to be Scout Jumuah.
2017 Scout Sunday Patches, as seen above, are available at the
Rainbow Council Scout Shop 815-942-4450
Faith is an important part of scouting and is reinforced in the 12th point of the Scout Law: A scout is reverent. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. Religious emblems programs are written, maintained and approved by the various faith communities - not by the BSA. BSA acknowledges the values of each of those programs, encouraging participation and presentation of the religious emblem on the BSA uniform. Program materials are faith-specific and written for specific age groups. Even if the members of your unit belong to different faiths, each member can earn the appropriate religious emblem for his/her faith. To get started...youth members must obtain the specific booklet for their religion. This booklet will contain information on the steps a scout must complete. Many of the workbooks are stocked at local scout shops or can be purchased online. A good resource for information about Religious Emblem Faiths is BSA's Duty to God and FAQs about Religious Emblems
Unit Religious Emblems Coordinator: Does Your Unit Have One?
The Unit Religious Emblem Coordinator is a unit committee position, for all scouting units, whether Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and Explorers. The responsibility of the coordinator is to educate, motivate, evaluate, and facilitate the religious emblems program at the unit level. In addition to serving on the unit committee, a key function of the position is to serve as the liaison to the district religious emblem coordinator.
If you have any questions about the Religious Emblems Program or need help contact:
Rainbow Council Advancement Team
Stem Awards Council Chair:
Thank you for your patience and understanding over the past couple months while the Advancement Team has worked to update and improve the Merit Badge Counselor List.
In accordance with the Guide to Advancement, Section 18.104.22.168 Web-Based Counselor Lists, the merit badge counselor list will no longer be published to the general public. Online counselor lists present a number of challenges. They should only be placed on official council websites that conform to the National Council guidelines at www.scouting.org/Marketing/Resources/CouncilWeb: Give attention to protecting counselor privacy and limit access to those who have merit badge–related responsibilities, such as advancement committee members and chairs, or unit leaders and selected assistants. "Scouts should not have access. Their interaction with the Scoutmaster in discussing work on a merit badge, and obtaining a counselor's name, is an important part of the merit badge plan."
An email was distributed to all Scoutmasters in early May 2015. The Merit Badge Counselor List changes frequently, the updated list will be published quarterly.
The Merit Badge Counselor List is currently unavailable we apologize for the inconvenience.
Scoutmasters can call the Rainbow Council Service Center to request a copy of the list to be e-mailed to them.
Thank you for all you do in Scouting!
Rainbow Council Advancement Team
Policy change: Rainbow Council will no longer be collecting the Unit Leader's portion of the blue cards with advancement reports.
Signed on-line Internet Advancement reports still need to be submitted to Rainbow Council Service Center to properly record the Unit's advancements.
Interested in becoming a Merit Badge Counselor?
1. Print and fill out a BSA Adult Leader Application found HERE
2. Complete and print Merit Badge Counselor Application found HERE
3. Complete Youth Protection Training at www.myscouting.org. Print certificate after completion.
4. Forward 3 items from above to:
Rainbow Council Service Center
2600 N. Winterbottom Road
Morris, IL 60450
Internet Advancement from the Boy Scouts of America allows you to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges and perform the following actions:
Before beginning Internet Advancement, collect all member information, including advancement records, award records, and merit badge applications with the appropriate signatures. To complete Internet Advancement, you must be connected to a printer to print the final report.
For assistance, you can consult the help for instructions on using Internet Advancement. To obtain your Unit ID,call 815-942-4450.
For the latest in Advancement Resources supplied by the National Council, check out the pages below on Scouting.org. Resources include Eagle Scout Applications, Merit Badge Requirements and special Resources for units!
Looking for great recognition opportunity? Find what you are looking for at Awards Central