Ad Altare Dei

Weekend Program -- December 2-4, 2016

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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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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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 Pius XII

January 13-15, 2017

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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Four Corners

This emblem can be awarded after a boy scout has received all four National Religious Emblems: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, and Pope Pius XII. See Application below for more details and to apply.

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Scout Day with the Bishop

January 29, 2017 3:00pm

Resurrection Parish, New Albany

The Scout Day With the Bishop is the annual Flagship recognition event of each year. It is a 75 minute liturgy celebrated for the past ten years at Resurrection Church, New Albany, Ohio. The Printed Program for this event serves as the Annual Report to the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, for all Catholic Scouting emblems, religious activity patches, and Awards, earned by Catholic youth and adults, during the previous calendar year.

All paperwork and Nomination Forms for each calendar year must be received by the first Saturday in December of the respective calendar year. Each honoree and award recipient is greeted and congratulated by the Bishop during the liturgy and celebration. Each participant receives a commemorative patch for the Scout Day With the Bishop recognition liturgy.


Catholic Camporee

May 19-21, 2017

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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