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Scout Religious Emblems Retreat

Religious Emblems Program for Boys

Scouting is an effective way to help Catholic youth to understand and do their duty to God and to their country. Scouting builds character and teaches devotion to God in an environment that provides wholesome fun under the guidance of strong adult role models.

The scouting programs provide a wonderful channel to involve youth in the life of Catholic parishes. All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools, and are age appropriate in material, effort and content.

Catholic Religious Emblems for Boys


Additional Religious Activities Available to Catholic Boys and Girls
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.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  These religious emblem programs are NOT designed as substitutes for formal religious education programs or sacramental preparation programs, and are NEVER to be used as such.  They are meant to supplement the formal religious education programs and sacramental preparation programs and help connect Scouting values to their religious faith.

Click here for additional (non-emblem) religious activities for boy and girls.
In recognition of the importance Scouting places on youth recognizing their "Duty to God", youth who complete one or more religious emblem programs are permitted to wear this recognition patch permanently (both as a youth and perhaps later as an adult Scout leader).


Guardian Angel (designed for Tiger Cubs and Daisy Girl Scouts)

Please note that this is not a national award, but a local award being administered within the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The award can be approved and acquired from the Catholic Committee on Scouting , Diocese of Colorado Springs. The idea and basic format for this program was conceived and developed by the New Orleans Area Council Catholic Committee on Scouting. The medal for this award must be presented to the Tiger Cub or Daisy Scout at a Mass. It can be done either in the local parish or at the Diocesan Annual Scouting Mass.

Program Objectives:
  • To recognize Tiger Cubs and Daisy Girl Scouts for advancement in religious knowledge and spiritual formation as they try to develop a spiritual knowledge of how God Protects them in every area of their lives.
Eligibility
  • Any Catholic child can work for this award if he or she is either a registered Tiger Cub with the Boy Scouts of America, or a registered Daisy Girl Scout with Girl Scouts USA.
  • In addition, he or she must be registered and attending either Catholic School, Catholic Home Study, or the parish sponsored Religious Education Program.
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Guardian Angel Pin

Light of Christ (designed for 7-8 year old Cub Scouts)

The purpose of the Light of Christ program 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. (Tiger Cubs and GSUSA Daisies: See "Guardian Angel" program above.)

Program Objectives:
  • To support the role of the parents as the primary catechists of their children.
  • To have the Scout identify Jesus as a real person and as his friend.
  • To foster early family religious involvement.
  • To be a stepping stone toward Parvuli Dei and the other religious emblems, when the parents are involved.
  • To serve as a catalyst to draw the parents into a deeper involvement with the church, through the child.
Eligibility
  • Registered 6 and 7 year old (Tiger or Wolf) Cub Scout of Catholic Faith.
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 Light of Christ Program Guide          

Light of Christ Program Workbook and Medal

Parvuli Dei (designed for 9-11 year old Cub Scouts)

The purpose of the Parvuli Dei (Children of God) program is to help young boys 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.

Program Objectives:
  • To help the Scout of his age develop an awareness of God's love for each one of His special, unique created beings.
  • To help the Scout become aware and understand his identity as an important member of his family, his community, and as a member of the Family of God.
  • To continue to develop an awareness as members of the parish and the Body of Christ.
  • To aid the Scout in his awareness of the responsibilities that grow out of God's love for us.
Eligibility
  • Registered 8 to 10 year old (Bear or Webelos) of Catholic Faith.
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                                       Parvuli Dei Medal

Parvuli Dei Program Workbook and Medal

Ad Altare Dei (designed for 13-14 year old Boy Scouts and Male/Female Venture Crew Members)

The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the Altar of God) program is to help Catholic Boy Scouts 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.

Program Objectives:
  • The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.
Counselor Required:
  • This program must be led and facilitated by a diocesan trained and approved Religious Counselor. See About Us section to locate a counselor in your parish.
  • Adults (scout leaders and parents) may become a trained counselor at the Annual Scout Religious Emblems Retreat.
Eligibility
  • Registered Boy Scout or Venturer (boy or girl) of Catholic Faith.
  • Designed for youth 13-14 years old, older boys and girls may use this program.
  • Active member of the Troop or Venture Crew for 6 months.
  • Have completed 6th grade before starting the program.
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Ad Altare Dei Cover         

Ad Altare Dei Program Manual and Medal

Light is Life (designed for scouts 12-13 years old in the Eastern Catholic Church)

The Light is Life program was developed by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS) for Boy Scouts of the Eastern 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 his Eastern Christian Scouting experience, a deeper awareness of his share in faith-life. Then going forth, he will witness this life through maturity in communal worship and in Christian formation of his world.

About the Emblem
  • 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 his Eastern Catholic Scouting experience, a deeper awareness of his share in faith-life. Then going forth, he will witness this life through maturity in communal worship and in Christian formation of his 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.
Program Objectives:
  • The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.
Eligibility
  • Registered Boy Scout of one of the Eastern Catholic Churches.
  • Designed for scouts 12-13 years old, older or younger scouts may use this program. Must be completed by the youth's 18th birthday. Scouts in an Eastern Catholic Church are to work on Light is Life rather than the Ad Altare Dei emblem.
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Light is Life Medal


Pope Pius XII (designed for 15-16 year old Boy Scouts and Male/Female Venture Crew Members)

In the Pope Pius XII program, high school age Scouts or Venturers in small groups study and discuss their role as young Catholics in today's society. Guided by the Holy Spirit, this formation can make youth more aware of their potential of being future Christian leaders. This program in Catholic Scouting underscores the development of individuals in the Christian faith through information, formation and transformation. It challenges the youth to recognize their membership in the community of faith so as to foster a leadership role through example and responsible action, thus helping to usher in the Kingdom of God.

About the Emblem
  • 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.
Counselor Required:
  • This program must be led and facilitated by a diocesan trained and approved Religious Counselor. See About Us section to locate a counselor in your parish.
  • Adults (scout leaders and parents) may become a trained counselor at the Annual Scout Religious Emblems Retreat.
Program Objectives:
  • To support the role of the parents as the primary catechists of their children.
  • To have the Scout identify Jesus as a real person and as his friend.
  • To foster early family religious involvement.
  • To be a stepping stone toward Parvuli Dei and the other religious emblems, when the parents are involved.
  • To serve as a catalyst to draw the parents into a deeper involvement with the church, through the child.
Eligibility
  • Registered Venture Crew Members (boy or girl) and Boy Scouts of Catholic Faith.
  • Designed for age 15-16 year old, but all registered Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18th birthday) are eligible.
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Pope Pius XII Program Workbook and Medal


Guardian Angel (designed for Tiger Cubs and Daisy Girl Scouts)

Please note that this is not a national award, but a local award being administered within the Diocese of Colorado Springs. The award can be approved and acquired from the Catholic Committee on Scouting, Diocese of Colorado Springs. The idea and basic format for this program was conceived and developed by the New Orleans Area Council Catholic Committee on Scouting. The medal for this award must be presented to the Tiger Cub or Daisy Scout at a Mass. It can be done either in the local parish or at the Diocesan Annual Scouting Mass.

Program Objectives:
  • To recognize Tiger Cubs and Daisy Girl Scouts for advancement in religious knowledge and spiritual formation as they try to develop a spiritual knowledge of how God Protects them in every area of their lives.
Eligibility
  • Any catholic child can work for this award if he or she is either a registered Tiger Cub with the Boy Scouts of America, or a registered Daisy Girl Scout with Girl Scouts USA.
  • In addition, he or she must be registered and attending either Catholic School, Catholic Home Study, or the parish sponsored Religious Education Program.
Click here to get started...

Guardian Angel Pin
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