This is a proposal for the development of a general scouting religious recognition which can be used by any of the restorationist faith traditions in any national scouting programme world wide. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and the Community of Christ (RLDS) both have such recognitions now. Smaller faith communities, such as the Christ of Christ (Temple Lot), the Church of Jesus Christ (Rigdon/Bickerton) and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strang) lack such a program for their youth in scouting. This award attempt to address that. We do not wish to replace any existing program but rather to offer an alternative program where needed or wanted. As envisioned any youth, regardless of religious affiliation or national scouting programme would be able to earn this scouting award.
The name of the award is taken from The Book of Mormon, Alma 37:38 (LDS) 17:71 (RLDS)
As a form of compass the imagery of a liahona seems particularly apt for Scouting.And now my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director; or our fathers called it liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.
Below are proposed requirements for the Liahona Award for both youth and adults.
- Be active in your scout troop or group for six months.
- Duty to God
- Cub Scouts Tell your scout or church leader or local Liahona Award coordinator your favourite scripture story and why it is important to you. What have you learned from this story that has helped you?
- Scouts Write or explain to your scout or church leader or local Liahona Award coordinator about a person from the Book of Mormon, the Bible or from church history who did their
Duty to God. Explain how this person did his or her
Duty to God. Explain how you can use this example in your life.
- Write or explain to your scout or church leader or local Liahona Award coordinator a short history of your church.
- Provide five (5) hours of service to your church or to a church sponsored public service project
- Be a volunteer for a scouting group or groups for a period of three (3) years.
- Complete the required training for the positions you have held.
- Serve as a scout chaplain for a period of at least six (6) months. Or
- Plan and present six (6) interfaith scouting program or other similar services appropriate for the age of youth attending. Insure that this program follows the policies consistent with your national scouting programme.
- Serve as a Liahona Award coordinator for a period of six (6) months. (The service time can overlap the requirements above.)
Liahona Award coordinator
The role of the Liahona Award coordinator is to collect and process the applications for the award from interested scouts and adults and to insure the requirements for the award are meet. At a minimum there should be a coordinator for each scouting area or national programme but these coordinators can be as local as needed down to the unit level as required. If there are no coordinators for a given national scouting programme then other coordinators can be used. There can be more than one coordinator in a given area.