Catholic Scouting Religious Emblems

Which Catholic Scouting Emblem is Right for My Scout?
 
Often the first interaction a parent or scout has with the Catholic Committee on Scouting is related to earning a religious emblem or award. Fun and often challenging, the requirements can prove confusing.
In order to simplify things we have broken down our religious emblems program into two sections. The first - visible below - is a listing of available awards based on the type of cub and school grade of your scout. The second is an in-depth discussion of each emblem available by clicking the navigation buttons for Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts/Venture.
 
For those Scouters who participate in facilitating this meaningful diocesan wide program, there are recognitions submitted for consideration on an annual basis. Click here to view these awards.
 
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Breakdown of Available Emblems
 

Cub Scout / Webelos

This quick breakdown gives you an idea whether your sons qualify …
for more detailed information, please Click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cub Scout Trail

Grade Requirements
Emblem
Tiger or Wolf
Must be completed before 3rd Grade
Light of Christ
 Bear or Webelos
Must have completed 2nd Grade Parvuli Dei
 
 


 
 
Boy Scout / Venturer

This quick breakdown gives you an idea whether your sons qualify …
for more detailed information, please Click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emblem
 
Requirements
 Ad Altare Dei • Age 13 by March of the year taken.
• Completed 6th grade.
• Active in troop for 6 months.
 Pope Pius XII • Boy Scout: Must complete by age 18.
• Venture Scout: Must complete by age 21.
• Must have started 9th grade.
 
 

Both awards may be earned by female Venturers.
 
Eastern Catholics

Some Boy Scouts active in scouting within the Ft. Worth Diocesan are also Eastern Catholics. The Eastern Catholic equivalent to the "Ad Altare Dei" is the "Light is Life" emblem.
You cannot complete both emblems.

Please contact GilbertRamon1@hotmail.com OR Charlie.levitt@att.net
if you have questions or are interested in working towards this emblem.
 
 
 
Emblem
 
Requirements
 Light is Life  • Age 12 or older.
• Completed 6th grade.
• Active in troop for 6 months.
 
 

Cub Scout Emblems

Overview

The Cub Scout emblems are earned in a family setting with the Cub and parents or guardians. It takes an average 90 to 180 days to complete each program. Cub awards may be started anytime. We urge you to consider attending our annual Awards Sunday with Bishop Olson as this is a “life memory.” Imagine yourself, as a young boy, walking up to Bishop Olson and being given an award you earned. Your Scout may also be awarded with the unit locally before or after to enhance the accomplishment. See our calendar for date, time and location of our annual awards ceremony but it is typically during April each year. Some parishes or Packs have a Religious Emblems Coordinator. Check with your parish or pack as this person can be of major assistance to you.
 
In addition to the medal, scouts earning any of these emblems are entitled to wear the youth religious knot with program device on their uniform.
 
Program Completion
 
Suggested local presentations are at the end or after a Mass, or in the scout's church or pastor's office with family and friends. The medal should be blessed. The knot can be presented at a pack meeting. Email GilbertRamon1@hotmail.com OR Charlie.levitt@att.net for the form to order Cub Scout medals.
 
 
Light of Christ 
 
 Emblem Availability
 
 
 
 
 
Eligibility
To be eligible to work on this emblem the child must be a registered Tiger Cub or Wolf Cub Scout of the Catholic faith and must complete all requirements before starting the third grade.

Purpose
The purpose of the Light of Christ program is to help the child develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With parent active assistance and participation in this program it is hoped that he will come to see Jesus as a real person and friend.

Requirements
The requirements are found in the Light of Christ Activity Book, both in Spanish and English. It can be purchased at local Scout Shops and from the Scout Supply Division Catalog

Please read the entire book before beginning with the scout. This program is not a substitute for formal religious education. It is not appropriate for the program to be done as a den project or in group workshops. The scout's pastor or his representative authenticates completion of the program.
 
ORDER FORM
Please contact GilbertRamon1@hotmail.com OR Charlie.levitt@att.net for information on ordering awards.
 
Parvuli Dei (Children of God)
 
Emblem Availability
 
 
 
 
Eligibility
To be eligible to work on this emblem the child must be a registered Cub or Webelos Scout of the Catholic faith who is 8, 9 or 10 years old, and must complete all requirements before joining the Boy Scouts. Completion of any other Religious Emblem is not required.

Purpose

The purpose of the Parvuli Dei 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 to develop a positive self-image through the contributions they make to the group or community.

Requirements
The requirements are found in the Parvuli Dei Activity Book, both in Spanish and English. It can be purchased at local Scout Shops, from the Scout Supply Division Catalog or call the BSA National Office and ask for the Catholic Scouting representative 972.580.2000.

Please read the entire book before beginning with the scout. This program is not a substitute for formal religious education. It is not appropriate for the program to be done as a den project or in group workshops. The scout's pastor or his representative authenticates completion of the program.
 
 
Boy Scout /Venture Emblems

Overview

The three Boy Scout (2 for Roman Catholic Rite and 1 available to Eastern Catholics) emblems are conducted by a certified counselor or facilitator in small groups if scouts (3-10). It takes 6-8 months to complete each program except the Eastern Catholic Light is Life program, which can take one year.

Boy Scout emblems groups usually start after a Labor Day to be completed by the Board of Review date in early March and presentation at the annual awards ceremony. For names of counselors in your area please contact the Emblems Chair GilbertRamon1@hotmail.com OR Charlie.levitt@att.net Please include your city and parish in your message.

In addition to the medal, scouts earning any of these emblems are entitled to wear the youth religious knot with program device on their uniform.

Ad Altare Dei (To The Altar of God)

Eligibility
To be eligible to work on this program a scout must first have a completed approval form signed by the applicant, parents, counselor, scoutmaster, and pastor. This form is found in the front of the Ad Altare Dei Scout Manual. He must be a registered scout of the Roman Catholic faith. The content is designed for 13 and 14 year olds but older Boy Scouts may work on the program. Parents and counselors must consider the maturity level of the scout and prayerfully reflect on whether he is ready for this program. He must be an active member of his troop for six months and completed the sixth grade before darting the program. Completion of any other Religious Emblem is not required. Young women in Venture Crews may earn this award.

Purpose
The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (AAD) program us 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 Sacraments.

Requirements
The requirements are found on the Ad Altare Dei Scout Manual. It can be purchased at local Scout Shops, from the Scout Supply Division Catalog or online At

This program is not intended to substitute for formal religious education.

Caution: it is necessary that a scout attend virtually all meetings and events associated with this program to avoid falling behind his group and needing extensive make up time to complete requirements. There are several individual requirements in this program. Parents are encouraged to review the progress of their son periodically. The counselor will set meeting dates that are convenient for the group. The scout is expected to give priority to those dates. Counselors will deal with this issue on a case by case basis. For name of counselors in you area please contact he Emblems Chair. Please include your city and parish in your message.

Program Completion

The program is completed when all the requirements in the AAD Scout Manual have been completed, signed off and the scout successfully completes his Board of Review before his 18th birthday. See the section on Boards of Review for more information. This emblem is presents at the Annual awards Ceremony

Pope Pius XII

Eligibility
To be eligible to work on this program a scout must first have a completed approval form signed by the applicant, parents, counselor, scout leader, and pastor. This form is found in the front of the Pope Pius XII Participant Manual. He/She must be a registered youth member of the BSA, a member of the Catholic faith and must have started the 9th grade. Boy Scouts must complete the requirements and board of review by age 18. Registered Venturers, male or female have until age 21. Completion of any other Religious Emblem is not required.

Purpose
Pope Pius XII (PP12) is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program. The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious or ordained), occupations and ministries in the church. It includes youth led discussions on issues facing the church and society.

Requirements
The requirements are found in the Pope Pius XII Participant Manual. It can be purchased at the local Scout Shops, from the Scout Supply Division or online.

The program is not intended to substitute for formal religious education.

Caution: it is necessary that a scout attend virtually all meetings and events associated with this program to avoid falling behind his group and needing extensive make up time to complete requirements. There are several individual requirements in this program. Parents are encouraged to review the progress of their son periodically. The counselor will set meeting dates that are convenient for the group. The scout is expected to give priority to those dates. Counselors will deal with this issue on a case by case basis. For name of counselors in you area please contact he Emblems Chair. Please include your city and parish in your message.

Program Completion
The program is completed when all the requirements in the PP12 Participant Manual have been completed, the manual is signed off and the scout successfully completes his/her Board of Review. See the section on Boards of Review for more information. This emblem is presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony.
 
 
Scouter Recognitions

Overview

Don't forget to recognize the adults for their outstanding contributions to the development of your Catholic Youth Ministry. There are several recognitions available. The Adult Leaders* are entitled to wear the BSA Adult Religious Knot if they receive the St. George recognition.
Traditionally, all nominations for Adult Recognitions must be submitted by 12 noon on the Saturday of the annual Diocesan Scout Summit. Email GilbertRamon1@hotmail.com OR Charlie.levitt@att.net for forms and information.
 
 
- used to recognize individuals in your local dioceses for their significant contributions.Traditionally, someone may be nominated for providing 3 years of Catholic Scouting service and the Diocesan Committee (there is not a limit on how many may be awarded each year).

For more information on qualifications, Click here
 
 
 
 
- used to recognize individuals in your local dioceses for their significant contributions and many years of support for the Catholic Youth Ministry at the local level.Traditionally, someone may be nominated for contributing 5 years total or 2 more years following the awarding of the Bronze Pelican. Diocesan Committees are tied to the number of Catholic sponsored units within its Diocese (in 2016, Ft Worth awarded 3 St George Awardees).
 
Click here for guidelines on selecting an Adult for this award:
 




 
- used to recognize Scouting in the Catholic Church participants who return to their dioceses and complete a mission project benefiting Catholic youth of their community.

Contact the Emblems Chair GilbertRamon1@hotmail.com OR Charlie.levitt@att.net for more information.

*Non-Catholic Adults are also eligible as many lead or work with our Catholic youth to facilitate these awards or work actively to support the Catholic Scouting Committee or program.



(An addition to this page for the future will be listing all Adult awardees since the committee inception) 
 
 

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