Attention -- Scouts, Parents & Scout Leaders:
The area served by the Baden-Powell Council includes parts of the Rochester, Syracuse and Scranton dioceses. The applicable diocese administers religious awards programs, retreats and leader training. Most of the active members of the Baden-Powell Catholic Committee on Scouting are from the Diocese of Syracuse. Consequently, the BP Catholic Committee participates in the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) of the Syracuse Diocese. Scouters and Parents interested in participating in the Baden-Powell or Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, may e-mail E-mail the Catholic Committee
Scouters (BSA & GSA), parents, religious education instructors and pastors in the Scranton Diocese (Susquehanna County, PA) who would like to promote, coordinate and/or teach a religious emblems program are encouraged to contact Sarah Mountain, Director of Youth, Young Adults & Scouts at 570-207-2213, Ext. 1013. The Scranton Diocese conducts Spring and Fall training sessions for religious emblems counselors. Sarah Mountain will assist new counselors who need certification at other times.
Some Current Catholic Programs
Boy Scouts: The Ad Altari Dei (Unto the Altar of God) Catholic religious emblem program focusing on in-depth instruction on the 7 Sacraments. Those Scouts interested in earning this religious emblem may contact the Baden-Powell Service Center to be put in touch with the appropriate contact. This program is typically offered each year in the Endicott area as well as by certain Catholic sponsored troops or by individual parishes. Boy Scouts, Explorers or Venturers in high school may sign up for the Pope Pius XII religious emblem program. It is typically offered at the St Ambrose school in Endicott on an annual basis. This is a forum program and is excellent preparation for living our Catholic Faith as a young adult, including an examination of one's own vocation in life.
Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts & Webelos: Cub Scout religious awards, The Light of Christ for 1 st & 2 nd graders, and the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) for Cubs & Webelos in the 3 rd , 4 th & 5 th grades are normally completed at home with the aid of parents. However, one or more Cub Scout leaders sometimes coordinate the program. Books are available at the Baden-Powell Service Center. For more information on helping your Cub complete these programs, please click HERE.
Pope Paul VI Unit Awards may be earned by Catholic sponsored units (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer Post or Venturing Crew). Criteria include qualifying for BSA quality unit status and several additional criteria related directly to the practice of the Faith and the promotion of religious awards and vocations. See the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) website for a full listing of criteria and for several other awards. Congratulations to Troop 284 of the Baden-Powell Council, which received the Pope Paul VI unit award for the forth year in a row at the September 2003 Bishop's Mass for Scouting (see below).
For further information about Catholic religious awards and programs, feel free to visit the website of the NCCS .
Website input needed: If you are aware of religious emblems programs being offered in your area, please help to publicize their availability by e-mailing this website HERE with the particulars. Your contributions can then be added to the website.