Annual Emblems and Awards Ceremony – Rescheduled for March 14 in Parsley Center


The Annual Emblems and Awards Ceremony will be held at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (8900 Bellaire Boulevard) on Sunday, March 14, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Parsley Center.  Parking is in the student parking lot accessible by the Bellaire or Gessner entrances.  Here is the link to a map of the campus – Scroll down to see it and the facility labels.   

Virus precautions will be in effect.  Everyone is to wear a mask for the event.  Assigned seating will be by family group with their Scout(s) in alphabetical order by parish of course instruction.

  • Scouts and family members (parents and siblings only) must be present by 1:15 for seating and ceremony instructions.
  • Scouts are to be in full field uniform (Scout shirt, Scout pants, Scout belt, and Scout socks).  A merit badge sash is fine.  The OA sash is not appropriate wear as this is not an OA event.  Bring a neckerchief slide for the neckerchief that will be provided ahead of the ceremony.
  • A family picture will be taken as the award is presented to the Scout.  Parents and siblings should dress appropriately.  Parents who are Scouters may wear Scouter uniform if so desired.

We should conclude by 3:30, if not sooner.

AAD / PPXII Board of Review January 23, 2021


Emblems Board of Review at St. Thomas High School
4500 Memorial Drive

  • Registration – Beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Emblems course groups are to arrive 30 minutes ahead of the assigned Emblems course group BOR time slot.
  • Board of Review – Group course arrival times are to be assigned, and communicated by John Osborn to lead counselors/facilitators, and staged until 11:30.

Emblems candidate fee is $35 (for the Emblem medal, certificate, neckerchief, family photo, and program costs).

Scouts are to be in field uniform (Scout shirt, pants, belt, and socks).  No MB or OA sashes.  Bring workbook (or folder if electronic Ad Altare Dei course used) complete with notes, articles, projects, and required signatures on application page.

Board of Review will be at the St. Thomas High School football stadium.  Dress appropriately for the weather with mask. COVID protocols will be followed.  In case of inclement weather (cold or rain), the venue will be moved to the Cemo Auditorium.  The change, if warranted, will be communicated the day beforehand to counselors and facilitators.

Counselors and facilitators, register your course group online as soon as possible and not later than January 21.

Please make one registration for your group and provide one check for payment.

  • 01/23/2021 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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St. George, Patron Saint of Scouting

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.

If you have not seen it, read the USCCB publication Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. The framework includes Scouting as Catholic Youth Ministry. Helpful when working with Youth Ministers who do not see Scouting as Youth Ministry!

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.

Eagle Scout Certificate

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.

NCCS Quality Diocese

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!

Check out the updated page of BSA units chartered to Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese. Well over 170 units are now listed!

Also check out the Pope Paul VI Unit Award page for a brief history of this award (and contact the webmaster if you have anything to add).

Finally, check out the pages of St. George Emblem recipients and Bronze Pelican Emblem recipients! Note: We would like to similarly recognize all our Scroll of Honor recipients and Bishop Morkovsky Award recipients. If you are (or know) a recipient of this award, please contact the webmaster and let him know when you received your award!

2020 Adult Recognition Brunch is Deferred

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The annual Adult Recognition Brunch is deferred from Saturday, May 2, until we can safely gather together and reschedule.

In the meantime, please join us in congratulating those receiving recognition for their contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America.

Our 2019 honorees are:

Scroll of Honor

  • Gian Alpuche
  • Geno Aguilar
  • Kenneth Berntsen
  • Jerry Black
  • Elizabeth Camp
  • James Davin
  • Kyle Gardner
  • Albert Holden
  • Angela King
  • Morgan Lasala
  • Vincent Manning
  • Marcus McMahan
  • Rev. Joseph Methanath
  • Rev. James Murphy
  • Adriana Ordonez
  • Chris Parker

  • Stephen Polk
  • Charles Raimond Jr.
  • Jason Thekkekara
  • Zach Weimer
  • Devin Zacharevicz

Bronze Pelican

  • Dennis Coburn
  • Rev. Christopher Shackelford
  • Brendan Cronin
  • Tim Fitzgibbon

St. George

  • Mat Burt