Sharing the Light—Earning Your Religious Award in a Community Troop

by | Jan 23, 2024

Recently three amazing girls in the same family earned the Light and Truth Award for Cub Scout-age youth. Diana Hardy, age 11, and her twin sisters Barbara and Carol, age 9, all completed the requirements at the same time. The Hardy family lives in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and they are part of Pack 424 in the Lake Erie Council. A Scouting family, father Donn is a 3rd generation Boy Scout and a 2nd generation Eagle Scout. Mother Susan was serving as a Cub Scout leader when the Church discontinued its sponsorship of Scouting. Donn and Susan knew that Scouting was a family tradition they wanted to pass on to their children.

Carol Hardy, 9, leads her Pack in a parade

Susan commented, “With three girls, there was a while when we thought that Scouting was going to have to skip a generation. Between our fourth child being a boy and BSA allowing girls into Cub Scouts, our fears were laid to rest.”

The Hardy girls then joined a community pack that meets at a Baptist church and includes Scouts from different religious denominations. Most of the religious requirements for Duty to God were left to the parents and done on their own. Susan became a leader and knew that some of the requirements were far more interesting and fun if done with a group and could be done with members of different faiths. All the Scouts filled out a family tree and shared something they admired about one of their family members. It was a perfect Pack activity for a group from many different religions. “It really helped a lot to work on Duty to God as a team. The girls were more encouraged to do the work when they had a buddy than if it was just solo with mom or dad,” Susan said. Diana, Barbara, and Carol also did some of the requirements with their Primary Activity Days group. They all played a matching game to learn the names of the Twelve Apostles and memorized the 13 Articles of Faith.

Diana, Barbara and Carol Hardy (with Anthony)

Her biggest tip to other parents who might be struggling to keep their Scout interested in Duty to God and/or earning the religious award is to “have your children work as a group or at least with a buddy.”

The sisters made earning the Award part of their weekly routine. They already loved to do things like help their 80-year-old neighbor weed her garden and plant marigolds. They do these types of things often. Sunday evenings, they would sit down together and plan out which requirement they wanted to focus on next. They found the requirements for the Light and Truth Award challenging but doable “if you stay focused and make a plan.”

The girls plan to continue in Scouting by finding a community girl Troop for Diana, who is working on her Arrow of Light. The family goal is for all the children to stay focused and eventually for all four children, including Anthony, to earn the rank of Eagle. The children enjoy camping and learning new things and all the fun adventures Scouting has to offer. As parents, Brother and Sister Hardy see the leadership-building opportunities and wholesome growth experiences that make them a better family.  Susan, also a public-school teacher, noted that “as a parent, it is easy to say ‘we’ll have that conversation later’ and keep putting things off. Being involved in Scouting means that we can’t put off the important conversations about health, finances, friendship, trustworthiness, or youth protection. Also, we don’t have these conversations one time, but we have them over and over again as we work our way through the Scouting program.”