Ad Altare Dei

Weekend Program -- December 4-6, 2015

This is the very first, of all emblems, from all faiths. It typically takes a school year to complete, but a local option completes more than 90% of the requirements during one weekend in December.

Before starting this program, registered Catholic Boy Scouts must complete the sixth grade and not yet be 18 years old. It assumes that through formal religious education, each Scout is receiving a solid foundation of religious knowledge. They use the knowledge of their faith, in the activities found in the seven steps of the program, one for each of the seven Sacraments. The varied program is filled with word puzzles, word codes, discussions, skits, role playing, posters, a tour of the Josephinum and the Catholic Camporee.

This program leads Scouts to greater participation in the Church, while developing new meaning and better understanding of their faith. The local Catholic Committee on Scouting requires that a Trained Counselor conduct this program, concluded by a Board of Review.

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Footsteps of American Saints Program

Like the Pope John Paul II and the Rosary programs, this is excellent for anyone to get started in earning religious emblems, or in cases where a Scout has to wait until he is eligible to earn his next emblem. Most questions are well suited for discussion around a kitchen table with family, or with a Scout, school or organized Patch Program.

The requirements and activities are in three age groups and well suited for any youth or adult. Each emblem may be earned in one session or shorter sessions over a longer period, and may be earned in any sequence, with no time requirement between patches.

Participants may enjoy this program with friends or family, while learning about the Saints and Religious persons of their faith.

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Faith Series

Like the Pope John Paul II program, this is excellent for anyone to get started in earning religious emblems, or in cases where a Scout has to wait until he is eligible to earn his next emblem. All youth and adults—Scouts or non-Scouts, Catholic or non-Catholic, male or female—are welcome to participate in this activity. All of these activities may be used by groups, families, schools, or any Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, Girl Scout, American Heritage Girl, or Campfire USA. Most questions are well suited for discussion around a kitchen table with family, or a small group. The questions are in three age groups and well suited for any youth or adult. Each patch may be earned in one session or shorter sessions over a longer period, and may be earned in any sequence, with no time requirement between patches. Participants may enjoy this program with friends or family, while learning about their faith.

The requirements and activities are in three age groups and well suited for any youth or adult. Each emblem may be earned in one session or shorter sessions over a longer period, and may be earned in any sequence, with no time requirement between patches.

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Founders of Faith in Ohio

September 12-13, 2015

This program was developed as a gift from the Diocese of Columbus for the Bicentennial Anniversary of the State of Ohio in 2003. It provides a terrific opportunity for any male or female, youth or adult, who is at least 11 years old and registered in Scouting. Gravestone rubbing, games and a museum tour are among the favorite activities of this Saturday program, conducted at St. Joseph Church, the site where the first Mass in Ohio was celebrated, near Somerset. Camping is available Friday night. Small group discussions, led by older Scouts, explore the growth of the Catholic Church, from its beginnings in Maryland to its expansion west, across the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Territory. In each of four program steps, discussion focuses on the biographies of three key leaders who sparked the flame of Catholicism in our new Country, as well as the great state of Ohio.

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International Awareness

April 16, 2016
Holy Resurrection Melkite Catholic Church

This program is one of the best kept secrets in the Columbus Diocese for any youth or adult, male or female. A fascinating and informative program is presented in the Holy Resurrection Melkite Church, an Eastern Rite Catholic Church in Columbus. A two and one-half hour, Saturday morning, program for Cub Scout age youth and their parents and leaders earns each participant an International Pin and Patch. Boy Scout age youth, their parents and leaders participate in a four and one-half hour program that provides interesting historical and practical information, a lunch and an International Pin, Patch and Medallion. This program clearly provides the best and the most interesting way to earn this emblem. The Pope and the International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS) demonstrate their awareness of Scouting in the Catholic Church, throughout the world, by providing this opportunity for its members to meet together as friends in the Catholic Church.

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Light of Christ

This award is available to Tiger Cub and Wolf Cub Scouts (grades 1 - 2.) The purpose of this program is to help a Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Upon completion of the program, it is hoped that each Scout will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend.

A Cub Scout earns this religious emblem by completing all of the steps outlined in the Light of Christ Activity Book, to the satisfaction of his parents, before he starts the third grade.

The Light of Christ Activity book is available at your local BSA Scout Shop.

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Marian Series

Like the Pope John Paul II program, this is excellent for anyone to get started in earning religious emblems, or in cases where a Scout has to wait until he is eligible to earn his next emblem. All youth and adults—Scouts or non-Scouts, Catholic or non-Catholic, male or female—are welcome to participate in this activity. All of these activities may be used by groups, families, schools, or any Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Venturer, Girl Scout, American Heritage Girl, or Campfire USA. Most questions are well suited for discussion around a kitchen table with family, or a small group. The questions are in three age groups and well suited for any youth or adult. Each patch may be earned in one session or shorter sessions over a longer period, and may be earned in any sequence, with no time requirement between patches. Participants may enjoy this program with friends or family, while learning about the Mariam feasts and their faith.

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Parvuli Dei

This award is available to Bear Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts in grades 3 through 5. The purpose of this program is to help a Scout explore a wide range of activities, in order to discover the presence of God in his daily life, as a member of his family and parish, and to develop a good positive self-image through the contributions he can make to the community.

A Cub Scout earns this religious emblem by completing all of the steps outlined in the Parvuli Dei Activity book, to the satisfaction of his parents, before he becomes a Boy Scout or finishes the fifth grade.

The Parvuli Dei Activity book is available at your local BSA Scout Shop.

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Pope John Paul II Defensor Vitae Patch Program

"The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture." - Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995

The purpose of this program is to encourage people of all ages to search deeper into the roots of Pope John Paul II and to learn about him and his views, especially on Life. Most of the questions require discussion. The answers are not black and white, so it is recommended that participants research and formulate their answers with their own opinions and words, not just copying words from another source. Participants are encouraged to really learn about Pope John Paul II and to create their own image of him. This program should be light, yet serious, and it wants to be user-friendly for any family, Troop, Crew or other group in its endeavor to build camaraderie and a better understanding of the life of Pope John Paul II.

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Pope Pius XII

January 8-10, 2016

Over the years, the Pope Pius XII emblem has been the most enjoyed of the four religious emblem programs because it includes co-ed, adult-like discussions, selected college student facilitators, a winter hike, a special Mass, no workbook or written requirements and wonderful Winter Lodge accommodations, in the Scenic Hocking Hills area. This program discusses Church-related ministries and vocations and examines, in the real world, how being a Christian may affect our daily life. Participants have opportunities to evaluate their personal talents and abilities in light of a possible choice of lifestyle, vocation or ministry and to share their faith with one another. In this Diocese, the program is available to any Catholic who is a registered Venturer, or a Boy Scout who has started 9th grade and has already earned the Ad Altare Dei emblem. If you meet these prerequisites and are interested in this program, please contact the CCS. This Program is by invitation only. Each year, selected participants are invited by December 20.

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Rosary Patches Program

Like the Pope John Paul II program, this is excellent for anyone to get started in earning religious emblems, or in cases where a Scout has to wait until he is eligible to earn his next emblem. Most questions are well suited for discussion around a kitchen table with family, or with a Scout, school or the Rosary Patch Program together. The questions are in three age groups and well suited for any youth or adult. Each emblem may be earned in one session or shorter sessions over a longer period, and may be earned in any sequence, with no time requirement between patches. Participants may enjoy this program with friends or family, while learning about the Mysteries of the Rosary and their faith.

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Santa Maria

October 17-18, 2015

This is a great program for anyone, male or female, youth or adult who is registered in Scouting. It was inspired by the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. Participants discover how Columbus and his crew brought Christianity from the Old World to the New World. This program is presented in small discussion groups, lead by older Scouts, with a tour of the Holy Family Catholic Museum.

Since the Santa Maria boat is unavailable through 2015 an overnight adventure for the older group will be held at the museum, with climbing at the OSU Climbing Center, plus a movie with popcorn. They will receive their Santa Maria Medal at the 9:00 AM Mass, in Latin, at Holy Family Church. The younger group will enjoy a four hour program of activities, skits, discussion, tour and Closing Ceremony when they will receive a commemorative patch and recognition.

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St. Tarcisius

February 5-6, 2016

As the oldest of four local programs, this has much history, tradition and acclaim. The program is available to any male or female, youth or adult, who is at least 11 years old and registered in Scouting. Fun is enjoyed by everyone, through the activities, exercises, discussions, over-night and skits, which begin Friday evening and conclude with 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday. Participants learn to appreciate their Catholic Faith, in small group discussions, led by older Scouts. This helps participants become more aware of the real presence of God in their life, through the program's focus on the Holy Eucharist.

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Annual Adult Religious Emblem Counselor/Coordinator Training

The Catholic Committee on Scouting offers an annual Religious Emblem Counselor Training and Religious Emblem Coordinator Training.

In order to serve as a Religious Emblem Counselor for the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII or any Diocesan Religious Emblem Program, in the Diocese of Columbus, you must complete this training and be approved as a trained Religious Emblems Counselor. The two Cub Scout national Religious Emblems use parents as the primary Emblem Counselors, and they are not required to attend this training.

The Catholic Committee on Scouting will conduct it's Religious Emblem Counselor Training and Religious Emblem Coordinator Training on:

Saturday, March 5, 2016

St Margaret of Cortona

1600 N Hague Ave, Columbus, OH.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $10 if pre-registered, $15 the day of the program. See Training Registration flyer on the left side or more details and registration.

To find out more information visit the CCS Booth at the Simon Kenton University of Scouting, in January, or use the Contacts page to email us. Hope to see you there!

Jump-Start Workshop

There is a variety of local and national Scouting Religious Emblem Programs available for youth currently enrolled or considering Scouting. These programs are designed to be completed at each Scout's own pace and provide opportunities for family activities. With summer fast approaching, this provides the best time to select a program and get a Jump-Start. If your Scout is interested in getting started on one of these programs, the Religious Emblem Jump-Start Workshop is for you and your Scout!

The next Jump-Start Workshop will be held: TBD

Registration is required. Early registration fee is FREE! Each program has its own booklet, which will be available for purchase at the Jump-Start Workshop.

Details of the Jump-Start Workshop

The Jump-Start Workshop has proven to be an easy-to-organize and very effective approach for launching each year's Religious Emblem programs.

The Jump Start Workshop is intended to provide Scouts with a "Jump-Start" toward earning their next Religious Emblem. Depending upon registration and the number of participants, for each Religious Emblem, an adult Table Facilitator will lead each table's youth and parents through an overview of one of the selected Emblem Programs. Parents are invited to attend with their sons and/or daughters. Each Counselor will provide an overview, along with tips for getting the most out of each program and enjoying each, as a family. As time allows, each group will get a "jump-start" on all or part of one requirement and then be able to complete their other requirements, at home, with their parents, who are the primary counselors for the early Religious Emblem Programs. The Jump-Start Workshop provides a BONUS by preparing the interested youth to enjoy and complete their selected emblem program, during the summer, when they have the most free time.


Bronze Pelican Award

The Bronze Pelican award is a diocesan recognition given to adults who have made an outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the Boy Scouts of America. It may be presented to any adult, Scouter or non-Scouter, member of the laity or religious, or a member of another faith in recognition of consistent support of the Scouting program under Catholic auspices, either within a Catholic chartered unit, or to Catholic youth in Scout units not chartered by the Church. Recipients of the award must be exemplary adults and members in good standing in their respective positions in Scouting and in their faith communities, and have the approval of their pastor before the award is given. The Bronze Pelican is not earned; rather, suitable candidates are sought out by others and nominated for this award.

The pelican has been used since the earliest days of the Church as a symbol of Christ's self-sacrificial giving of himself to his people. The pelican was often believed to pierce its own breast to provide life-giving blood to its young, just as Christ shed His own lifeblood to give His children life. Although this belief actually occurs because of the appearance of the pelican's pouch-like bill during the mother's feeding of the young, the pelican remains an excellent symbol of adult leaders who give of themselves to nurture youth.

The Bronze Pelican Award is a prerequisite to the St. George Award. After a period of two years, the Bronze Pelican Award winners are eligible to be nominated for the St. George award.

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Red Sash of Merit

The Red Sash of Merit is intended to serve as an award for a select number of outstanding Catholic Scouts in the Diocese of Columbus, usually high school students. It should be awarded to a Scout who is very active in his Troop, Community and Church. He should demonstrate strong leadership and accept responsibility well. A Boy Scout Nominee should have earned the Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem.

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Saint George Award

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local diocese, awards the St. George Emblem to members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in Scouting. Nomination forms should give a detailed description of how the nominee provides outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting in the Catholic Church. It is improper to nominate oneself or one's spouse.

General Scouting achievements do not qualify a person to receive the St. George emblem. The Boy Scouts of America has district, council, regional and national awards for such recognition

Saint George was chosen by Baden-Powell, founder of the Scouting Movement, to be the association's patron. On Saint George's Day, scouts are instructed to remember their Promise and the Scout Law. In the handbook "Scouting for Boys," Baden-Powell recounted that the Knights of the Round Table had adopted Saint George as their patron because he was the only one of all the saints who had been a horseman. Thus, he is also the patron saint of cavalry...from which the word "chivalry" is derived. The adult who receives the St. George emblem is the example of courtesy, generosity, valor and dexterity, to the youth he/she serves. He/She uses the gifts of the Holy Spirit to guide youth toward these heroic virtues in the Catholic Faith through the Scouting program.

The Bronze Pelican Award is a prerequisite to the St. George Award. After a period of two years, the Bronze Pelican Award winners are eligible to be nominated for the St. George award. The number of St. George Emblems is limited each year, based on the number of Catholic units. So the failure of a person to be recognized in any given year should not be considered a rejection, but rather an encouragement for the nomination to be re-presented in a future year, perhaps with more complete and additional information

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Bishop's Troop / Pack / Crew Award

The Bishop's Troop, Pack and Crew Awards acknowledge the dedication and Catholic program involvement of the unit. DCCS programs, service programs, Scout activities and unit growth are all factors in determining the recipients of this award.

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Bishop's Parish - Girl Scouts

This award is made collectively to the Girl Scouts of one parish each year at Scout Day with the Bishop. It is intended to honor all the Girl Scouts, regardless of age, who are members of the parish. It is NOT limited by troop affiliation, but simply by parish membership. Therefore, you will want to reach out to all the Girl Scouts in your parish to make sure you have noted all of their service to the parish and community for this nomination.

The Committee looks at the QUALITY of the service given. The number of girls in the parish has NO BEARING in the selection.

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Catholic Quality Unit Award - Pope Paul VI

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local diocese, awards the National Catholic Quality Unit Award - Pope Paul VI. Cooperation, development, and program are the key words in the recognition of Catholic chartered units in earning the National Catholic Quality Unit Award - Pope Paul VI. The adult leadership responds to training not only in Scouting lores, but training in Catholic Scouter Development, and religious counseling.

The Scouts in each Pack, Troop, Team, and Crew/Ship respond by participating in the religious emblems program respective of their status in Scouting.

Eligibility:

•Unit must be chartered by a Catholic institution (parish, Knights of Columbus)

•The award criteria is for one calendar year

After completing the application, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting (DCCS) will review all the applications in their diocese to determine the if the unit meets the criteria for this award. The award will be presented at the Scout Day with the Bishop ceremony in January.

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