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This is an introduction on how to get started with Catholic Religious Emblems programs for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and Camp Fire Girls. Detailed program enrollment, program delivery (either starting at the Scout Retreat, at-home programs, or group youth-led programs) is shown below.

Note that the usual deadline for submission on program completion paperwork (including the Boards of Review for Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII) is the first Wednesday of January.

Religious Program Application Processing (which includes the religious emblems/medals as well): 
Once you have completed the program (including required signatures from Scout leaders and Parish representatives), submit your entire completed workbook to the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. This may be done through the following means:
  • Give the entire completed workbook to a parish representative of the Catholic Committee on Scouting. (See the list of local representatives here.)
  • Mail the entire completed workbook to this address:  Catholic Committee on Scouting, 6145 Moorfield Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-4802
Once the program is completed and approved, your parish will be billed a small fee for the cost of the awards/emblems.
  • Boy Scouts/Venturing:
    • Guardian Angel (1st grade Cub Scouts)
    • Light of Christ (2nd and 3rd grade Cub Scouts)
    • Parvuli Dei (4th and 5th grade Grade Cub Scouts)
    • Ad Altare Dei (13 and 14 year old Boy Scouts and male/female Venturers, and who have finished the 6th grade. Older scouts are also permitted to participate.)
    • Pope Pius XII (15 and 16 year old Boy Scouts and male/female Venturers, and who have finished the 8th grade)

  • Girl Scouts/American Heritage Girls:
  • Additional religious faith development programs for Catholic Scouts: -- These are additional faith-development activities offered by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. Please note that these activities do not quality for BSA Religious Emblems and the cost for these programs (usually just a few dollars) is paid by the families - not the parishes. A check for the amount listed below must be submitted to the Committee with the application for recognition.


Beginning Programs at the Annual Scout Religious Programs Retreat

When programs are begun at the Annual Scout Retreat, families should register in advance. (It helps us purchase sufficient supplies and ensure sufficient space and staff is available.) While attending the retreat is not required (you may also contact a counselor from your parish listed in the "About Us" section to begin a program) it does provide and excellent start and enables both the scout and the parent(s) to understand the full roadmap for the program. 

A religious emblem program is almost never completed at the retreat. Very often there are family, community, parish and religious counselor/pastor elements to complete after the retreat. This is especially true of the programs for older youth (ages 12+).  At the completion of a program at the retreat, an explanation and/or handout will be given to each scout and parent(s) explaining how to complete the religious emblem program.


Light of Christ

This is information for parents/guardians and Cub Scout unit leaders on organizing and conducting the Catholic Cub Scout "Light of Christ" program. The program consists of a workbook (available from Scout Shops, and some religious counselors and units) and study program generally conducted at home or in a group setting with parents within the unit. The workbook has five chapters and the duration of each chapter fits well into a session of 30-45 minutes each. Please also note that Chapter Five, Activity #2 does require a visit to your parish church on a day other than when you ordinarily attend Mass. Thus the entire program can be expected to take 4-5 hours at home plus the trip to your parish church.

Click here for a Light of Christ Parent Guide from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

A suggested at-home delivery model uses the time after Mass when the family returns home. Sit down with your Cub Scout at a table, light a candle (representing the "Light of Christ" present in your activity and which makes the time and activity special and distinct from other at-home activities) and begin each chapter. Have your family bible handy as a couple of the chapters ask the parent or guardian to read aloud a selection from Scripture. Begin or end each session with a short prayer.
 

When the Program is Completed:
There is an "Emblem Application Form" at the back of the workbook. First you and your scout sign the workbook indicating that the program has been completed. Next have the application signed by your Cubmaster (or religious counselor if the program was conducted at the unit level by a trained counselor), then have the application signed by your Pastor (or a representative designated by your Pastor).  Finally, either give the application and the entire completed workbook to a Catholic Committee on Scouting Representative from your parish (see the "About Us" page for a list on contacts) or mail the application and the entire completed workbook to this address:  6145 Moorfield Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-4802  (postal address for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Colorado Springs).

You will receive acknowledgment of your application and an invitation to the Diocesan Scout recognition Mass by the latter part of February.


Parvuli Dei

This is information for parents/guardians and Cub Scout unit leaders on organizing and conducting the Catholic Cub Scout "Parvuli Dei" (Children of God) program. The program consists of a workbook (available from Scout Shops, and some religious counselors and units) and study program generally conducted at home or in a group setting with parents within the unit. The workbook has five chapters and the duration of each chapter fits well into a session of 45 minutes to an hour each. Please also note that Step Five, Activity #2 does require a visit to your parish church on a day other than when you ordinarily attend Mass, and Step 3 has a week-long "assignment" (an exercise on forgiveness) to be completed over a week at home. Thus the entire program can be expected to take 4-5 hours at home plus the trip to your parish church.

Click here for a Parvuli Dei Parent Guide from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

A suggested at-home delivery model uses the time after Mass when the family returns home. Sit down with your Cub Scout at a table, light a candle (representing the "Light of Christ" present in your activity and which makes the time and activity special and distinct from other at-home activities) and begin each chapter. Have your family bible handy as a couple of the chapters ask the parent or guardian to read aloud a selection from Scripture. Begin or end each session with a short prayer.
 
  • Step 1, Assignment #5 has an exercise on recognizing the "gifts" that each member of a family brings to the scout. This is a great activity to complete at the family dinner table.
  • Step 3, Assignment #2 requires a discussion with a parish volunteer. This can be accomplished before of after Mass at church with a little planning in advance. (Who does your child wish to talk with? When will they be available? etc.)
  • Step 4, Activity #2 involves involves interacting with or helping another person needing help (like a elderly person, a shut-in, or disabled). A little pre-planning is needed by the parent, guardian or religious counselor.

When the Program is Completed:
There is an "Emblem Application Form" at the back of the workbook. First you and your scout sign the workbook indicating that the program has been completed. Next have the application signed by your den leader (or religious counselor if the program was conducted at the unit level by a trained counselor), then have the application signed by your Pastor (or a representative designated by your Pastor).  Finally, either give the application and the entire completed workbook to a Catholic Committee on Scouting Representative from your parish (see the "About Us" page for a list on contacts) or mail the application and the entire completed workbook to this address:  6145 Moorfield Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-4802 (postal address for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Colorado Springs).

You will receive acknowledgment of your application and an invitation to the Diocesan Scout recognition Mass by the latter part of February.


Ad Altare Dei
Ad Altare Dei Program Workbook

This is information for parents/guardians, Boy Scout and Venturing unit leaders and Catholic Religious Emblems Counselors on organizing and conducting the Catholic Boy Scout "Ad Altare Dei" (To the Altar of God) program. The program consists of a workbook (available from Scout Shops, and some religious counselors and units) and study program generally conducted in a group setting with other scouts in your parish (or nearby parishes). The workbook has eight chapters divided into four sections. Each chapter (starting with an introductory chapter) explores one of the seven sacraments and consists of three sections: "Life Experience" (where each scout relates themselves to the sacrament), "Activity" (where the group generally works together to complete), and "Faith Response" (which challenges the Scouts to put their faith and their learning about the sacrament into action).

Important Notes: 
  • Get your scout's Ad Altare Dei Scout Manual signed by your pastor (or his designated representative) prior to beginning the program.
  • This program must be conducted under the direction or supervision of a trained and approved Catholic Religious Emblems Counselor (and not solely within the Scout's family). Exceptions to this policy are granted only by the Chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Colorado Springs (link to contact page) based on exceptional circumstances. Contact your parish Catholic Committee on Scouting representative (see this link) to locate a nearby counselor and AAD program.

When the Program is Completed:
  There is an "Applications for Review and Presentation..." form at the front of the participant's workbook.
  • First, you and your scout sign the workbook indicating that the program has been completed.
  • Second, verify that the application has been signed by your unit leader (Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor) and by your Pastor (or a representative designated by your Pastor). This should have been done at the start of the program but is often overlooked.
  • Third, have the application signed by your certified Diocesan religious counselor conducting the program.
  • Finally, either:
    • give the entire completed workbook with signed application page to a Catholic Committee on Scouting Representative from your parish (see the "About Us / Committee Contacts" page for a list of contacts), or 
    • mail the entire competed workbook with signed application page to this address:  6145 Moorfield Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-4802 (postal address for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Colorado Springs).
A Board of Review is a required element at the completion of this program and is usually scheduled by the Religious Emblems Counselor conducting the program in conjunction with the Diocesan Catholic Committee.


Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII Program Workbook

This is information for parents/guardians, Boy Scout and Venturing unit leaders and Catholic Religious Emblems Counselors on organizing and conducting the Catholic Boy Scout "Pope Pius XII" program. The program consists of a workbook (available from Scout Shops, and some religious counselors and units) and study program generally conducted in a group setting with other scouts in your parish (or nearby parishes). The workbook has six chapters. The Pope Pius XII program is designed to help the participants in discovering what God is calling them to become in their lives.

Important:  This program must be conducted under the direction or supervision of a trained and approved Catholic Religious Emblems Counselor (and not solely within the Scout's family). Exceptions to this policy are granted only by the Chairman of the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Colorado Springs (link to contact page) based on exceptional circumstances. Contact your parish Catholic Committee on Scouting representative (see this link) to locate a nearby counselor and AAD program.

When the Program is Completed:
  There is an "Applications for Review and Presentation..." form at the front of the participant's workbook.
  • First, you and your scout sign the workbook indicating that the program has been completed.
  • Second, verify that the application has been signed by your unit leader (Scoutmaster or Crew Advisor) and by your Pastor (or a representative designated by your Pastor). This should have been done at the start of the program but is often overlooked.
  • Third, have the application signed by your certified Diocesan religious counselor conducting the program.
  • Finally, either:
    • give the entire completed workbook with signed application page to a Catholic Committee on Scouting Representative from your parish (see the "About Us / Committee Contacts" page for a list of contacts), or 
    • mail the entire competed workbook with signed application page to this address:  6145 Moorfield Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80919-4802 (postal address for the Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Colorado Springs).
A Board of Review is a required element at the completion of this program and is usually scheduled by the Religious Emblems Counselor conducting the program in conjunction with the Diocesan Catholic Committee.

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