Catholic Scouting

Diocesan Scout Chaplain

Reverend Martin Noe

Click here for information on Councelor Training

SCOUTING IS YOUTH MINISTRY

The Norwich Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) administers and supervises the National and Diocesan Religious Recognition Programs available to Catholic youth registered in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the Girls Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA (NCCGSCF), and the American Heritage Girls (AHG).

We are a diocesan affiliate of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS). www.nccs-bsa.org For details and requirements of each BSA religious emblem.

Purchase workbooks at scout shops or online @ www.scoutstuff.org choose: Literature then Religion.

We are a diocesan affiliate of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). www.nfcym.org

For information on programs through NCCGSCF, the National Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts and Camp Fire.

Purchase workbooks from NFCYM online store @ http://store.nfcym.org/ choose: GS/CF Rel. Rec. Program Books

All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools.

The workbooks for the Diocesan programs: Guardian Angel and Ancilla Domini can be purchased through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS), Chair: Pamela Plasse

 

Attn: Scouting

Office of Faith Events

199 Broadway

Norwich, CT 06360

 

(860) 848-2237 ext 311 Catholic Scouting

scouting@norwichdiocese.net

 

Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting

2017 - 2018 Calendar

Sept 17, 2018 Scout Award Counselor Training Office of Faith Events, Norwich 1:00 – 4:00 Adults must have completed Diocesan screening to work with youth. Registration instructions – Click here for information on Councelor Training

Feb 11, 2018   BSA Scout Sunday, celebrating anniversary of Scouting, wear uniform to Mass.

Scout Sunday patches are available for all.

Contact: Ken Lee leeskkkm@sbcglobal.net

March 1, 2018 All work in project books should be completed and all necessary signatures obtained. Include application fees as applicable! Bishop’s Troop/Unit Award or Pope Pius VI Unit Excellence Award deadline.

Also due is leader recognition nominations.

March 4, 2018  Scout Project Book Review - Sts Peter & Paul, 181 Elizabeth St., Norwich 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Scouts and parents, or religious coordinator can bring books for the review, also, workbooks can be mailed prior to the Scouting Office @

Office of Faith Events – 199 Broadway – Norwich, CT 06360

March 11, 2018Girl Scout Sunday, celebrating anniversary of Scouting, wear uniform to Mass.

Scout Sunday patches are available for all.

Ken Lee leeskkkm@sbcglobal.net

April 22, 2018 Scout Award Sunday - Cathedral of St Patrick, Norwich 2:00pm Medals are awarded by Bishop Cote. 1:30 scout line-up This is not a Mass.

June 3, 2018 Scout Award Counselor Training Officeof Faith Events, Norwich 1:00 – 4:00 Adults must have completed Diocesan screening to work with youth. Registration instructions – link to doc – *DCCS Counselor Training *

PROGRAMS FOR CATHOLIC BOY SCOUTS

Guardian Angel Award is a Diocesan program, intended for boys and girls, grades K – 1. The award introduces the scout to the religious emblem program. It is intended to help the child understand the meaning of their name and that they each have a Guardian Angel to guide them. The award is presented by your parish Priest.

Light of Christ is a National program introduced in 1992 for Tiger Cubs or Wolf Cubs. It consists of five family oriented projects to be completed at home. A parent guide is included in the Activity Book. The scout must complete all requirements before he starts the third grade.

Parvuli Dei, “Children of God”, is a National program with five sessions offered for Cub Scouts of the rank Bear or Webelos. It is facilitated at home by the boy’s parents in a family environment. A guide for parents is included in the student program book.

Ad Altare Dei, “To The Altar of God”, is the oldest and best known National Catholic Boy Scout Award for Catholic Youth of the Roman Rite. Recommended for eighth grade Scouts who have been registered scouts for at least 6 months. They work with an approved *counselor to relate their Catholic Faith to their Scouting and spiritual growing experience. Special emphasis is given to the use of Scripture and to the celebration of the sacraments. It usually takes at least six months for a group to prepare for the award. A board of review and diocesan retreat participation are required.

Light is Life is a National program developed for Scouts of the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches, rather than using the Ad Altare Dei program. It too is recommended for boy scouts in the eighth grade or older, and is facilitated through an approved *counselor. Light is Life respects the cultural and ritual differences among the various Eastern Catholic Churches. The overall goal is to bring about, in the Scout, a deeper awareness of his share in faith-life. Then going forth, he will witness this life through maturity in communal worship and in Christian formation of his world. A board of review and diocesan retreat participation are required.

Pope Pius XII is a National program designed for high school aged Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Members. The program asks the Scout to explore the religious aspects of his life and consider how the Lord is calling him to be of service to the Church and his neighbor as he becomes an adult. The program is based on group discussion and interaction with an approved *counselor/facilitator. Several months are usually required to complete the program. A board of review and diocesan retreat participation are required.

The Pillars of Faith Medal – Duty to God is a Diocesan award to provide a special recognition to those Boy Scouts who have earned all four of the National Catholic Scouting Religious Medals.

 

<>PROGRAMS FOR CATHOLIC GIRL SCOUTS

Guardian Angel Award is a Diocesan program, intended for girls or boys grades K – 1. The award introduces the scout to the religious emblem program. It is intended to help the child understand the meaning of their name and that they each have a Guardian Angel to guide them. The award is presented by your parish Priest.

Family Of God is a National program strongly recommended for 3rd grade Brownie Girl Scouts; it is facilitated by the parents in a family environment. A guide for parents is included in the Children’s Workbook.

I Live My Faith is a National program designed for Junior Girl Scouts, recommended for 5th and 6th graders. The activities help them appreciate the place that God and the Church should occupy in their daily lives. Girls work in a group with an approved moderator to complete the activites in their project book. Our Diocese has an additional chapter insert- please inquire. Participation in the Girl Scout Day of Reflection is required.

The Marian Medal, “Mary, the First Disciple”, is the a National program designed for seven and eighth grade Girl Scouts, to enable them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” This is accomplished by actively involving the participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality—a woman of the church. The projects and group meetings are done with a trained *COUNSELOR. Candidates must bring their “log book” to a board of review and participate in the diocesan retreat.

The Spirit Alive is a National program designed for the High School Girl Scout. Guided by a trained *Counselor, they discover how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church’s ministry. A board of review and diocesan retreat participation is required.

Ancilla Domini, “The Handmaid of The Lord”, is a Diocesan program for eighth grade or older, Girl Scouts who have received the Marian Medal. They work with an approved *COUNSELOR to relate their Catholic Faith to their Girl Scout and growing experiences. Special emphasis is given to the use of Scripture and the celebration of the Sacraments. A board of review and diocesan retreat participation are required.

 

 
   

The Pillars of Faith Medal – Service to God is a Diocesan award to provide a special recognition to those Girl Scouts who have earned all four of the National Catholic Scouting Religious Medals.

 

SCOUTING UNIT AWARDS

BISHOP’S UNIT RECOGNITION for Non-Catholic Chartered Boy Scout Units.

POPE PAUL VI NATIONAL CATHOLIC UNIT EXCELLENCE AWARD for Catholic Chartered Boy Scout Units.

BISHOP’S TROOP AWARD for Girl Scout Troops with a Catholic Scout Leader.

 

C ADULT AWARDS

These recognitions are through nominations.

Nominations for consideration by the Committee are due March 1.

Nomination does not imply that the award will be made in the year requested.

 

Boy Scout Adult Award: Good Samaritan Award

Bronze Pelican Award

St. George Emblem

Girl Scout Adult Award: Good Samaritan

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

St. Anne Award