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Catholic Committee on Scouting
Information on the Roman Catholic Religious Awards
The Bucks County Catholic Committee on Scouting would like to remind all Catholic Scouts that now is the time to work on their respective Religious Emblems. The materials needed are available from the Bucks County Council's Service Center. Ideally, all of the requirements will be completed by December and arrangements can then be made for Scouts and parents to attend the Philadelphia Archdiocese Scout Mass in February at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul where they will receive their awards. Unit awards and adult recognition are also conveyed during this annual Mass. Cub Scouts receiving the Light of Christ will receive their awards at the Scout Sunday Mass celebrated at their Parish.
- Light of Christ award is for 6-7 year old Cub Scouts
- Parvuli Dei award is for 8-9 year old Cub Scouts
- Ad Altari Dei award is for any youth in a Troop or Crew. They must have completed the 6th grade.
- Pope Pius XII is for Venturing Crew members and Boy Scouts that are 15 years of age or older. They must have completed the 8th grade.
Further information concerning the program content is available from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting website at: http://nccs-bsa.org
Locally, please contact Bucks County Catholic Committee on Scouting members Dave White (Boy Scout or Venturing Programs) at email@example.com, or Susanne Brooks if you are in a Cub Scout program at firstname.lastname@example.org. The BSA Youth Protection Training and VIRTUS is required for all adult counselors/facilitatiors of AAD and PPXII. Please notify us prior to starting a program at your parish/unit.
Bucks County Catholic Committee on Scouting
Chairman: Dave White, email@example.com
Staff Advisor: AJ Esposito, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chaplain: Father David Friel, email@example.com
The Bucks County Catholic Committee on Scouting serves as the main source of information and support for the Catholic Religious Awards program and the annual Scout Sunday observance at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The BCCCS is part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Committee on Scouting (APCCS).
Meetings (5 per year) are held to provide updates, discuss programs and share ideas with other Catholic emblem counselors. Dates and locations are listed in the calendar below. All interested Scouters are encouraged to attend.
Important Flyers and Forms
- Catholic Scouting Fact Sheet
- Bucks County Catholic Scouting Contacts
- 2015 Saint George Philmont Trek (7/8/15 to 7/23/15) - Applications are due 10/1/14
- 2014 Catholic Scout Retreat - 10/3-10/5 2014 at Camp Hart, Pennsbury, PA (AAD and PPXII Training)
- 2015 Scout Mass - February 7, 2015 at Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
- Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Committee on Scouting
- National Catholic Committee on Scouting
- Cardinal Krol Award Information
- Adult Recognition Emblems Nomination Form - return to Charlie Palilonis
Details on the Adult Recognition Emblems can be found by clicking this text.
2014-2015 Calendar of Events
October 3-5, 2014 - APCCS Scout Retreat at Camp Hart, Pennsburg, PA
October 24-26, 2014 - Joint JCOS/APCCS Retreat-Kinnus
November 3, 2014 - BCCCS meeting at Lutheran Church of God's Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown 7:00-8:30 PM
December 13, 2014 - AAD and Pius XXII Training at Cradle of Liberty Council's University of Scouting
January 5, 2015 - BCCCS meeting at Bucks County Council Service Center
February 7, 2015 - Scout Recognition Mass at Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul 11:00 AM
March 2, 2015 - BCCCS meeting at Queen of the Universe, 2443 Trenton Road in Levittown 7:00-8:30 PM
March (TBA) - AAD and Pius XXII Training at Bucks County Council's University of Scouting
May 4, 2015 - BCCCS meeting at Lutheran Church of God's Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown 7:00-8:30 PM
Please plan to attend our meetings, as we would like your feedback on programs that you would like to see from the BCCCS/APCCS to assist in your efforts to expand the Catholic Scouting programs in your units. Particularly, it would be helpful to hear how we might be able to encourage more units to start religious emblems programs as well as earn their Catholic unit awards (Cardinal Krol and Pope Paul VI). Please bring your ideas to any of our meetings or plan to just come and meet other religious emblems counselors from your area.
Many thanks and blessings,
Bucks County Catholic Committee on Scouting (BCCCS)
Cell - (267) 772-0062
Troop 187, Tohpendel District
BCCS is part of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Committee on Catholic Scouting: www.phillycatholicscouting.org
Additionally, to facilitate communication, we are starting an email list. Please go to https://groups.google.com/d/forum/phillycatholicscouting to sign-up. Also, please share that link with others interested in Catholic Scouting.