National Catholic Committee on Scouting Resources

The purpose of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) is to utilize and ensure the constructive use of the program of the BSA as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic Youth of our nation. The NCCS seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between the BSA and the Catholic Church and to work cooperatively with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.

Find a Troop

Looking for a Scout, Venturing, or Sea Scout Troop on or near a U.S. military installation? Visit the BSA website to use their Find a Troop online search tool.

Learn about Catholic Scouting in Military Settings.

Discover how Catholic Scouting offers a comprehensive approach to Catholic Youth Ministry, Guide to Catholic Scouting.

NCCS Adult Catholic Leadership Training

Visit the NCCS website for links to Fast Start Training

Updates

The Saint George Trek 2021 Cancelled

The Saint George Trek, planned for July 2021 in Philmont, New Mexico has been cancelled. Plans for securing July dates for 2022 are underway.

NEW – 2021 Emmett J Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship Application is now available on the NCCS website. This scholarship is based on service and leadership to Church, Community, School and Scouting. Seven separate service scholarships will again be awarded in 2021. For information about eligibility requirements and applications, visit the NCCS website. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2021.

Religious Activity Virtual Lessons. Invite young people to connect with the lives of Saints through these online lessons. These may be used as an alternative to the Actions and Requirements that are listed on the individual Religious Activity.

Scout Emblem Books

The Catholic Scout Emblem programs are designed to learn more about the faith and develop a stronger relationship with Christ. Emblems are awarded for the successful completion of the particular program.

The Catholic Scout Emblem Books: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, and Ad Altare Dei may be ordered online as detailed below. The Light is Life and the Pope Pius XII Scout Manuals may be downloaded as noted below.

NCCS Religious Recognition Emblems

Requests to receive the NCCS Emblems may be placed through the downloadable form AMS Order Form for Scouting Ministry. Members of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, may mail to completed order form indicating the mailing address that they would like the emblem sent to. Note that the original signed copy of the emblem completion form found at the back of the Emblem workbook must accompany the order form.

Light of Christ

For 6-7 year old Tiger or Wolf Scout

The purpose of the Light of Christ emblem is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents’ active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend.

Light of Christ Emblem

Parvuli Dei

For 8-10 year old Bear or Webelos

The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) emblem is to help young people explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community.

Parvuli Dei Emblem

Ad Altare Dei

For 13-14 year old Scouts, older youth may use this program

The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei ( to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic Youth of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth.

Ad Altare Dei Emblem

Light is Life

For 12-13 year old Scouts, older Scouts may use this program

The “Light is Life” is a program developed for scouts of the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches. Light is Life respects the cultural and ritual differences among the various Eastern Catholic Churches.

The overall goal of the Light is Life religious emblem program is to bring about in the Scout, through their Eastern Catholic Scouting experience, a deeper awareness of their share in faith-life. Then going forth, they will witness this life through maturity in communal worship and in Christian formation of their world.

This program is to be used by the Eastern Catholic Scouts rather than the Ad Altare Dei program. It is not appropriate to work on both programs.

Light is Life Emblem

Pope Pius XII

For 15-16 year old Scouts, but older Scouts may use this program

Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program. The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God. It includes youth led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection.

Pope Pius XII Emblem

Congratulatory Letters for Eagle Scouts

Archbishop Broglio will gladly provide congratulatory letters to acknowledge young people who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Requests may be sent to evangresources@milarch.org. Please be sure to include the scout’s full name, troop number and council name, the mailing address that the letter should be sent to, along with a short description of the Eagle Scout Service Project and other applicable details of their scouting career.

Religious Activities – Patches

There are five series of religious activities and two international activities, to learn more about faith and Catholic role models. After completing the requirements the associated patch(es) may be ordered directly from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting website.