Red Sash of Merit (Youth)

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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Bronze Pelican Medal (Adult)

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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Saint George Medal (Adult)

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 Pack (Unit)

The Bishop's Pack Award acknowledges 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 Troop (Unit)

The Bishop's Troop Award acknowledges 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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