After a year of reading, writing, researching, and studying Christian Science, Wilton High School ninth grader and member of Boy Scout Troop 20 Caleb Worley was presented with the God and Country Award from the Church of Christ, Scientist during his troop’s Winter Court of Honor at Zion’s Hill Church on March 29.
Starting as a Cub Scout in the first grade, Caleb has been a Boy Scout for four years, and he said he is proud to have earned the merit badge.
The God and Country Award is presented to Scouts who “show a knowledge [of] their religion and complete a list of requirements that test that knowledge … and require research in the holy books of the religion,” explained Caleb, a member of the Christian Science church, which was founded by Mary Baker Eddy.
A religious knot like God and Country is one of three types of scouting awards — the other two being the Arrow of Light and Eagle Scout — that a boy can earn and wear on his adult uniform.
To earn a religious emblem, a Scout must work with a religious unit and complete the requirements it sets for its program. According to Christian Science’s God and Country program, upon completion, Scouts should: