OHIO: Two Boy Scouts of the Sikh Faith, one an Eagle Scout and the other a Life Scout, recently completed the Sikh Religious Award created by the World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) and were awarded the medallions and certificates in the presence of the congregation at the Sikh Sabha Gurdwara, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Brothers Karanveer Singh (Eagle Scout) and Sherveer Singh (Life Scout) are the first two recipients of this award from the Boy Scouts of America. Both Scouts will soon be awarded the ‘Universal Religious Square Knot’ by the Boy Scouts at the Troop Honor Ceremony to be held in the Fall of 2014.
Initiated in 2007, the WSC-AR has worked closely with the Boy Scouts of America to prepare and secure approval of two Sikh Religious Award workbooks, one for the middle school and the other for high school level. Scouts of any religious tradition (Sikhs and non-Sikhs) and gender can participate and work on these Religious Awards. Upon completion of the Sikh Religious Award, the Scout receives an emblem/medallion with a certificate provided by WSC-AR.
The World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) is the umbrella organization representative of Sikhs in the United States. It is an elected body of Sikh Gurdwaras and institutions. Currently 57 Gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions across the nation are members of WSC-AR. The major governing purpose of the organization is to represent the collective view of Sikhs in the United States. WSC-AR works to promote Sikh interests at the national and international level focusing on issues of advocacy, education, and well-being of humankind.