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Adult Recognition

Adults are also recognized by the Catholic Church (through the national and diocesan Catholic Committees on Scouting) for their continuing and notable service to Catholic Scouting. Several awards and other recognition are available, including:

Golden Bow
Level:  Diocesan (local Catholic Committee on Scouting)

The "Golden Bow" symbolizes the arrow shot from a bow straight toward its target. The bow represents leadership and charter partners - the arrow, Catholic Scouting Programs - the target, Catholic youth in our communities. The Golden Bow is a symbol, then, of our intention to deliver quality Catholic Scouting programs to as many Catholic youth as possible by strengthening charter relationships, building new units, and recruiting more youth and adult members. Our goal is to make the Scouting ministry available to every Catholic youth.

The Golden Bow award is available to those individuals (parents, lay persons, Scout Leaders and clergy) units working toward the following goals:
  1. organize more units in Catholic parishes and schools
  2. a significant growth in Catholic youth scout membership
  3. a strong emphasis on role model adult leadership
  4. a quality scout program for all Catholic youth
Nominations are made through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

 

Bronze Pelican
Level:  Diocesan (local Catholic Committee on Scouting)

The Bronze Pelican award is a diocesan recognition given to adults who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the Boy Scouts of America. It may be presented to any adult, Scouter or non-Scouter, member of the laity or religious, or a member of another faith in recognition of consistent support of the Scouting program under Catholic auspices, either within a Catholic chartered unit, or to Catholic youth in Scout units not chartered by the Church. Recipients of the award must be exemplary adults and members in good standing in their respective positions in Scouting and in their faith communities, and have the approval of their pastor(s) before the award is given. The Bronze Pelican is not earned; rather, suitable candidates are sought out by others and nominated for this award. No honorary awards are given.

Nominations are made through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.

 
St. George
Level: National (National Catholic Committee on Scouting)

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting®, acting through the local diocese or eparchy, may award the St. George emblem to members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting.

The recipients of the emblem are to be sought after and selected by an active committee of the diocese/eparchy. This committee is to be newly-appointed each year by the diocesan Scout chaplain or chairperson.

Nomination forms should give a detailed description of how the nominee provides outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting in the Catholic Church. It is improper to nominate oneself or one's spouse.

General Scouting achievements do not qualify a person to receive the St. George emblem. The Boy Scouts of America has district, council, regional and national awards for such recognition.
 
Jerusalem Cross
Level:  National (National Catholic Committee on Scouting)

The Jerusalem Cross is awarded to Scouting in the Catholic Church (SitCC) participants who return to their dioceses and complete a mission project benefiting Catholic youth of their community. The cross is placed on the leather thong received during the SitCC conference. Each day the participants received a colored bead to represent the day's component.

Color Component
Red St. Matthew: Leadership Development, Advocacy
White St. Mark: Catechesis, Evangelization
Blue St. Luke: Pastoral Care, Justice & Service
Yellow St. John: Prayer and Worship, Community Life

 



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