What religious emblems are available to Scouts and Venturers?

 There are four religious emblems available for Scouts registered in programs under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America and who are active practicing Catholics of the Roman rite.  In addition, there is a separate emblem for Boy Scouts of the Eastern rite. Any youth considering religious emblems is urged to contact a troop leader,  their Pastor, or member of the DCCS for complete details and to discuss eligibility.  This web site should be consulted for more complete details on the qualifications for the emblems.  Generally the following emblems are available —
 

  • Light of Christ — This emblem is available for Tiger and Wolf Cub Scouts.  A boy wanting to work on this emblem should obtain the workbook from the Sam Houston Area Council Scout Shop or other stores offering the manual.  Work is done within the family and upon completion the Cubmaster and Pastor approve the work that has been completed and the boy may receive his emblem.
  • Parvuli Dei — This emblem is available for Bear and Webelos Cub Scouts.  The work on this emblem is very similar to the work on the Light of Christ emblem. A boy wanting to work on this emblem should obtain the workbook from the Sam Houston Area Council Scout Shop or other stores offering the manual.  Work is in the family unit and upon completion, the Cubmaster and Pastor approve the work that has been completed and the boy may receive his emblem.
  • Ad Altare Dei — This emblem is for Catholic Boy Scouts who are active practicing Catholics and who have completed the sixth grade of school before beginning work on the emblem.  The requirements are specific and the emblem may only be earned through working with a trained counselor.  Careful attention should be given to the requirements which can be found elsewhere on this site.
  • Pope Pius XII — The highest emblem that can be earned in Catholic Boy Scouting is the Pope Pius XII religious emblem.  This emblem, like the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem, may only be earned by working with a qualified advisor.  This emblem is available for any young man registered as a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America or young woman registered as a Venturer in programs sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.  The Scout or Venturer seeking to work on the Pope Pius XII emblem should be fifteen years of age and have completed the ninth grade in school. Careful attention should be given to the requirements which  can be found elsewhere on this site.
  • Light is Life — This emblem is for a Scout of the Eastern rite as an alternative to the Ad Altare Dei emblem. The same requirements as Ad Altare Dei apply to this emblem.