Catholic Committee on Scouting - Diocese of Colorado Springs

We prepared this site to provide Scouts and their parents, Scout Leaders, religious emblems counselors and coordinators, unit chaplains and members of the diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting with a central point of information about Catholic Religious Emblems Programs for youth. (By use of the term "Scouts", we refer generically to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Camp Fire Girls, and Trail Life Scouts.)

Parents - click HERE to get started...

2017 Annual Religious Awards Retreat (For All Faiths) - Oct 14, 2017

Diocese of Colorado Spring

Each year the Catholic Committee helps sponsor, in conjunction with other religious faiths, a Saturday religious retreat to provide a platform for Scouts to begin their work (virtually every award however has some activities that MUST be completed at home or at church) on their own religious awards. This year's retreat will be held on October 14, 2017 at St. Peter Catholic Church and School in Colorado Springs, CO (link to map) starting with registration and check in at 8 AM. The retreat runs from 9 AM until 3 PM. Both Catholic and Protestant (PRAY program) programs will be offered by trained and experienced counselors. In addition, training to become a Catholic religious programs counselor will also be offered.

Click here to download the calendar event to your calendar.

The 2017 Retreat flyer/registration form is a fillable PDF file. (Must be opened using Adobe Acrobat to complete the form.)

The Catholic Religious Emblems Reference Manual Has Been Updated

The Religious Emblem Reference Manual 2015 Revision (henceforth manual) is designed to provide a resource to those who are responsible for the carrying out of a quality religious emblems program in their (Arch)Diocese/Eparchy (henceforth Diocese). The youth religious emblems programs are not merely awards for completing a set of requirements. They are actually recognition of one’s faith growth and how the recipients live their Catholic faith. Hence, they are called emblems.
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eBridge Newsletter - June 2016 Issue Published

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has published its newsletter with news and photos from around Catholic Scouting. Click here to read more...  
        • Summary of the 44th Biennial NCCS meeting in Atlanta (Apr 7-10)
        • Bishops in Support of Catholic Scouting
        • Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Archbishop of NY) receives BSA Silver Buffalo award
        • List of 2016 Quality Dioceses
        • 2016 Emmett Doerr Scholarship Recipients
        • ... and more!

Phimont! - 2016 Scouting in the Catholic Church Conference Announced

Philmont Logo
This conference focuses participants not only on the mission and programs of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) but also involves them in adult faith formation and an understanding of the concept of “Scouting as youth ministry”. It is designed for any adult interested in using Scouting as a program of Catholic youth ministry: Scout chaplains; clergy; (arch)diocesan or parish youth ministers; diocesan, regional and national Catholic committee leadership and members. Click here for the 2016 Philmont Training Center Conference Schedule...  

2016 St. George Trek at Philmont Announced

The Saint George Trek is The National Catholic Committee on Scouting’s® high adventure Catholic leadership program for older Catholic Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members at Philmont Scout Ranch. The program brings Catholic high school youth from around the country together with selected priests, religious and seminarians for eleven days of backpacking in the context of a vocation retreat.

The 2015 dates are July 8, 2013 to July 23, 2015.

See the NCCS web page for more info:

eBridge Newsletter - December 2014 Issue Published

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has published its newsletter with news and photos from around Catholic Scouting. Click here to read more...  
        • Nine New Religious Activity Patches Now Available - Four have been added to the Marian Series: Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, and Our Lady of Sorrows. Four have been added to the Footsteps of American Saints Series: Rose Philippine Duchesne, Marie-Rose Durocher, Mother Theodore Guerin, and Miguel Pro. One has been created for a new Faith Series: Corporal Works of Mercy.
        • Reflections on Serving As A Philmont Chaplain - by Father Matthew Gray
        • History of the First Religious Emblem Program - Ad Altare Dei (1933)
        • Annual Meeting Slated for Tampa, Florida from April 16 to 19

eBridge Newsletter - September 2014 Issue Published

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has published its newsletter with news and photos from around Catholic Scouting. Click here to read more...  
        • News and information on Catholic International Scouting
        • Pope Urges Scouts to Not Be Afraid to Take on the Challenges of Safeguarding Christian Values
        • News and information from the "Scouting in the Catholic Church" program at Philmont
        • New Membership Initiative is Evangelization to Youth
        • "Blessed are the Merciful" Patch Program Now Available
        • Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship

2015 - Annual Scout Recognition Mass (Mar 15th, 2pm)

Bishop Sheridan's Coat of Arms
Each year the Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs holds a Mass to recognize and present to scouts (American Heritage Girls, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Venturers) their recognition for successful completion of Catholic Scouting youth religious emblem programs. Worthy Scout leaders are also recognized at this program for their years of service to Catholic Scouting. The date for the next Annual Scout Recognition Mass is March 15th, 2015 starting at 2pm. (Arrive 15-20 minutes early to sign-in.). The Mass will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Colorado Springs (see map). 

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Calendar of Upcoming Activities

Click here to link to this calendar (iCal format) 
(Use to link to this calendar from MS Outlook or Lotus Notes.)

Catholic Forum Video: 
A Catholic Perspective on Scouting

Photos From Scout Recognition Masses

Please click on the image above for the photo album...

A Catholic Perspective on Scouting

Fr. Emil Kapaun - Medal of Honor Recipient
and Candidate for Sainthood

Martyrdom key to Kapaun’s path to sainthood, Vatican investigator says
Sep 29, 2013

The Vatican investigator analyzing Father Emil Kapaun’s case for sainthood says the U.S. Army chaplain’s Korean War heroism and religious devotion make for a great, inspiring story.

Speaking with translation by Ohio-born aide Madeleine Kuns, he said a key decision the Vatican must make is whether Kapaun was martyred for standing up for his faith.

There is no doubt Kapaun was a hero, he said. But was he a martyr?

Ambrosi said he has analyzed more than 8,000 documents and testimonies, including from Korean War combat soldiers who saw Kapaun’s heroism. Ambrosi said that for the first time after years of study of Kapaun’s life, he now plans to propose Kapaun as a martyr in his report to the Vatican, a report he thinks will be completed in the next six months.

Fr. Kapaun -