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Many know that Lord Robert Baden-Powell made St. George the Patron Saint of the Scouting Movement, and that the St. George emblem is awarded by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (acting through local dioceses) to adult Scouters who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting. If you’ve ever wondered why Baden-Powell made St. George the Patron Saint of Scouting, find out here and/or here!
If your parish or unit is looking for a special way to recognize Scouts who have completed all four Catholic religious emblems (Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, and Pope Pius XII), two options are now available! The Archdiocese of Los Angeles offers the Chi Rho patch and the Diocese of Colorado Springs offers the Pillars of Faith – Duty to God pin (for which the Diocese of Nashville offers customizable card template and certificate template documents).
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to three outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college. For more information, click here.
Did you know… there has been an active Catholic Scouting forum (for the discussion of programs and issues relating to the Church in Scouting and Scouting in the Church) since November 2003? Do you participate? If not, click here for more information – and to subscribe!
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has instituted the Good Turn Service Project to recognize Catholic-chartered units for their service to the charter organization. Any Boy Scouts of America unit chartered by a Catholic organization (church, Knights of Columbus, CYO, etc.) may participate in the program.
Frank Parater, one of the first Eagle Scouts in Virginia (1915) may become the first Scout to be canonized. Pray for his cause! You can read more here.
Certificates from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting recognizing Catholic Scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout are available for $3. Contact Melvin Hart for details, or fill out an online certificate request form. Turn around time is one week.
The Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is proud to have earned the National Quality Diocesan Committee award for 2014. We are one of the few dioceses in the nation that has earned this award every year it has been offered, beginning in 2002!