GUIDELINES FOR NEW APPLICANTS FOR COORDINATORS/COUNSELORS/FACILITATORS

1. YOU MUST KNOW WHAT YOUR ROLE IS...
Many new applicants to the program are not aware of the Religious Emblems program of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.  Each new applicant should be aware the role they are about to step into over the next year.  Below is a list of the three roles that an adult in the religious emblems program can assume.

ROLE OF THE COORDINATOR - (Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei Medals) A Pack Coordinator works as the Counselor to the parents. The Pack Coordinator does not work with the young Scouts. Only parents or legal guardians work directly with the youth. An understanding of where the Scouts are and what kind of assistance the parents need is necessary.   

ROLE OF THE COUNSELOR - (Ad Altare Dei Medal) The Counselor is to help the youth in going beyond the surface answers of childhood as part of their experience of growing as a Christian and to deal calmly and reasonably with the occasional challenge to authority. 

ROLE OF THE FACILITATOR(Pope Pius XII Medal) As a Facilitator the Emblems Counselor now steps back and lets the older youth lead the discussions. The Facilitator is a general moderator or guide. The Facilitator brings the group together to get the youth started. The Facilitator adapts these skills depending on the need of the moment.

2. YOU MUST BE IN COMPLIANCE WITH BOTH THE ARCHDIOCESES OF CHICAGO AND THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (BSA) YOUTH PROTECTION POLICIES

VOLUNTEER COMPLIANCE WITH THE ARCHDIOCESES OF CHICAGO - OFFICE FOR THE PROTECTION OF  CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Any parish volunteer working with children must complete the following prior to working with children (links have been provided)
1. Online criminal background check (eApps)    Online Background Check
2. Protecting God's Children Training (Virtus)     Virtus
3. Read and Sign the Code of Conduct              Code of Conduct Form
4. Department of Children & family Services’ Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System form CANTS.
5. Mandated Reporter Training.

VOLUNTEER COMPLIANCE WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA - YOUTH PROTECTION TRAINING (EVERY TWO YEAR TRAINING)
The BSA provides its youth protection training at www.myscouting.org.

3. YOU MUST REGISTER WITH THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING
The link below will take you to an online form. Complete the online form and a member of the Archdiocese of Chicago Committee on Scouting (ACCS) will complete the following on your behalf:
1. The ACCS will contact the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth to verify your eApps and your Protecting God's Children Training.
2. The ACCS will verify your BSA Youth Protection Training.
3. The ACCS will verify that you have taken the ACCS Religious Emblems Training.
4. Once items 1 through 3 are verified the ACCS will seek your Pastor's endorsement on your behalf.


This an INDEPENDENT verification step between the ACCS and the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, the BSA, and the Pastor.   Please do not send any documentation to the ACCS.

4. YOU MUST BE TRAINED FOR YOUR POSITION

The ACCS offers training sessions in the spring and fall of each year. The training sessions are REQUIRED and provide vital information to new or returning Coordinators, Counselors, and/or Facilitators.  Here are the 2017 Religious Emblem Training sessions.


Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm. 
Northeast Illinois Council Office
2745 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL 60046.
Point of Contact: Janet Pasquesi mapasquesi@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017; 6:30 - 9:00pm
St. Louise De Marillac 1125 Harrison, LaGrange Park, Il 60526
Point of Contact: Paul Szymczak szymczaks@att.net
Fee: $5.00 for materials, coffee and snacks
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Monday April 24,2017; 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St Mary Star of the Sea 6424 S. Kenneth Chicago, IL
Point of contact: William Witkowsky; wwitkowsky@sbcglobal.net Fee $5.00 for materials, and coffee

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00am - 1:00pm. 
Northeast Illinois Council Office
2745 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, IL 60046
Point of Contact: Janet Pasquesi mapasquesi@gmail.com

Tuesday October 24, 2017; 6:30-9:00pm St Mary Star of the Sea 6424 S. Kenneth Chicago, IL
Point of contact: William Witkowsky; wwitkowsky@sbcglobal.net Fee $5.00 for materials, and coffee

If you cannot attend any of these training dates please contact Deb Sitz
debsitz@aol.com

Additional Scouter Development:
Scouting in the Catholic Church
July 16-22, 2017, Philmont Training Center, Cimarron, NM


5. TRACKING YOUR APPLICATION
  To help facilitate communication of your application status you can track your status below.

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