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Founders of Faith in Ohio

September 23-24, 2017

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 7, 2018
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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Santa Maria

October 21-22, 2017

This activity is available to any male or female youth, in at least grades 6-12, and any adult. This history and adventure filled activity begins Saturday at 1:00 pm, when the Crew, parents, and leaders sign in on the Ship’s Log in the Jubilee Museum Auditorium. After an authentic Sailors’ Stew Supper, all participants will car pool to the OSU Climbing Center, on Lane Ave. After a fun and challenging climb in the rigging, all participants will return to the Jubilee Museum for “Saturday Night at the Movies”, with popcorn and juice. After the movie, the Crew will clean up the Deck and lay out their sleeping bags for a sailor’s typical night of rest. On Sunday morning, the closing ceremony will be held after 8:30 am Latin Mass at Holy Family Church.

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St. Tarcisius

February 9-10, 2018

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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Catholic Camporee

May 18-20, 2018

The Catholic Camporee will be held at St. Joseph Church in Somerset Ohio. St. Joseph Catholic Church, called the cradle of the faith in Ohio, was the first Catholic church in the state. In 1809, Jacob and Catharine Dittoe deeded Father Edward Fenwick, who had traveled from Kentucky, 320 acres of ground to build the church. The original church, dedicated on December 6, 1818, by Father Fenwick and Father Nicholas Dominic Young, was a log cabin with a bare dirt floor measuring 18 feet by 22 feet. Father Fenwick was soon installed as the first Bishop of Cincinnati. Construction on the present church began in 1839.

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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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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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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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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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A. Women in Scripture

B. Models of Faith

This series is designed for girls in grades 1-12. Its goals are to:

  • foster Catholic identity
  • encourage youth to learn more about their faith
  • encourage youth to serve their community
  • encourage youth to grow in holiness
  • Each patch is earned by youth completing four of the outlined activities. Patch requirements are found on the NFCYM website: http://www.nccgscf.org/cathidpp/index.htm

  • To participate, download the PDF activity sheet for the patch desired.
  • One the activities are completed and the patch earned, purchase the patch through the NFCYM's Online Store
  • When completed, Troop Leaders/Parents should notify the Catholic Committee on Scouting by Dec. 15 in order to be recognized at Scout Day with the Bishop Ceremony.
  • Girl Scouts may place this patch on the back of the sash or vest