Religious Relationships

The Northeast Illinois Council is blessed to reside in a region that exemplifies diversity. We proudly serve youth and adults from the ever-expanding spectrum of faith and religious identification found in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

Our longstanding relationships with various religious institutions often tie in directly with unit identity, and many of our Charter Partners are housed in religious institutions that have supported us since the birth of our Council. We will always continually seek to maintain and strengthen these relationships. Our existing religious committees that are listed below provide resources, programs, and guidance on religious awards to all scouts in our Council. In addition, we are constantly searching for opportunities to build new relationships with all religious institutions and faith communities in our service area. If you are interested in deepening your faith program through scouting or have questions about our existing religious relationships, please contact us here.


Religious Committees

Currently, three religious denominations are represented through active committees serving the youth of our council. We are constantly growing our Religious Relationships Program and seek to develop the reach and diversity of our current committees, as well as cultivate relationships with more faith leaders and community partners to better serve our Scouts and their families. If you are a current scout leader or parent who would like to see your faith more actively served by our Council, please contact us using the link above.

Catholic Committee
The Roman Catholic Church has partnered with the Boy Scouts of America since the 1920s and utilizes BSA programs extensively. Scouting is present in about one-third of parishes in the United States. The NEIC Catholic Committee endeavors to serve Catholic scouts, leaders, and families by providing access to resources, religious emblem counseling, and special events and activities, such as as our annual Kumbaya Catholic Campout. Use the links below to contact the appropriate committee member. Please contact our Staff Advisor below if you are interested in helping us grow Catholic Scouting!

Position Name Email
Catholic Committee Chair Tony Steenkolk Send an Email
Communications Chair Gary Schiappacasse Send an Email
Catholic Religious Emblem Training Janet Pasquesi Send an Email

847.845.1433

Kumbaya Campout Chair Marc Elberts Send an Email
Kumbaya Committee

Kumbaya Committee/Girl Scout Liaison

Ernie Aguilar

Beverly Great

Send an Email

Send an Email

Catholic Committee Staff Advisor Emily Prymula Send an Email

Resources

Religious Emblem Counselor Training – The NEIC hosts three Religious Emblems Counselor Training sessions every year. You can register through the NEIC calendar or contact Janet Pasquesi above for more information or to register.

Ordering Religious Awards & Religious Awards/Board of Review Information – Awards and certificates can be ordered through the Chicago Catholic Scouting Website. This website also contains information about upcoming boards of review for religious emblem awards. Please be sure to order your awards 4-6 weeks in advance to account for processing time.

Upcoming Events – You can view upcoming Catholic Scouting events in our Council through our calendar. The Chicago Archdiocese also frequently hosts advanced training, programs, and events for Catholic scouts and leaders.

National Resources – The National Catholic Committee on Scouting provides requirements and resources for leaders, parents, and scouts that are pursuing religious emblem awards. NCCOS also provides resources for scouts and leaders on ways to bridge the Catholic faith with the scouting program.

Jewish Committee

When William D. Boyce, one of the BSA’s founders, was searching for financing to sustain the movement during its formative years, he with Mortimer Schiff, a prominent Jewish financier, and William Mitchell, the national president of the YMWHA (Young Mens and Womens Hebrew Association).  Both men thought that Jews and Jewish institutions should become involved in the movement based on its values and curriculum. The NEIC’s Jewish Committee cherishes our involvement with the Jewish Community and will continue to nurture this relationship to the betterment of our Scouts. For more information on Jewish Scouting in the NEIC or to join the committee, please contact our Committee Chair below.

Position Name Email
Jewish Scouting Committee Chair Howard Prager Send an Email
Jewish Religious Emblem Training Chair Charlotte Kaplan Send an Email
Webmaster Gideon Horberg Send an Email
Committee Advisor, Chairman of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting Bruce Chudacoff Send an Email
Jewish Committee Staff Advisor Andy Vass Send an Email

Resources

Religious Emblem Counselor Training – The NEIC hosts Jewish Religious Emblem Counselor Training on an ad-hoc basis. For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Charlotte Kaplan using the link above.

Ordering Religious Awards – The National Jewish Committee on Scouting partners with the PRAY Program to facilitate award and certificate orders.

Upcoming Events – You can view upcoming Jewish Scouting events in our Council through our calendar.

National Resources – The National Jewish Committee on Scouting provides requirements and resources for leaders, parents, and scouts that are pursuing religious emblem awards, as well as information and guides on how to incorporate the Jewish Faith into the Scouting program.

LDS Committee

In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America and the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-Day Saints celebrated 100 years of partnership through the Scouting program. The NEIC cherishes the relationship we have built with our LDS units in our Council, and seeks to always honor the amount of time, effort, and leadership our LDS partners have contributed to Scouting programs. For more information on LDS Scouting in the Northeast Illinois Council, contact our committee using the links below.

Position Name Email
Council LDS Committee Chair Richard Moffatt Send an Email
LDS Committee Staff Advisor James Westfall Send an Email

Resources

National Resources – visit the LDS-BSA site for information on religious awards, training, and parent and leader guides.


What religious awards are available to my Scout?

The Religious Emblem program is not administered through the National BSA office but through faith-specific national committees. For a guide to religious awards and to see which awards your Scout can earn, click here. Below are links to the National Religious Committees, which offer more detailed information about awards and resources specific to each denomination:

*Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all faiths offering religious awards.


Where do I find a religious emblems coordinator?

If you are searching for a religious emblems coordinator for Catholic, Jewish, or LDS awards, please contact the respective committee using the links above. If you are searching for a religious emblems coordinator for a different denomination, use the links above to contact the appropriate national committee.


How do I become a religious emblems counselor?

To become a religious emblems coordinator for Catholic, Jewish, or LDS awards, please contact the respective committee using the links above.  For information on becoming a religious emblems coordinator for a different denomination, use the links above to contact the appropriate national committee.