Our Ministry is to bring the message of Jesus Christ to youth and adults involved in Scouting through faith formation programs and retreats. We reach beyond just those in Scouting and offer some of our programs to all youth! (More...).
The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry has announced a new patch program called the "Catholic Identity Patch Program." The Catholic Identity program is a religious activity program intended for girls grades 1 through 12 (but is open to all youth) and encourages them to learn more about their faith, to serve their community, and to grow in holiness.
There are two different patch series: The "Women in Scripture" series focuses on individuals who lived lives of courage and faithfulness. These women often fanned the flame of faith in their families and communities and were the backbone of the church and faith since the very beginning of Jesus' ministry. And the "Models of Faith" series- throughout the long tradition of the Catholic Church, women and men have been inspired by the Holy Spirit to stand up for the faith in the midst of great trials and at deep personal risk.
Notes: Each patch is earned by youth completing four of the outlined activities. To participate, download the PDF activity sheet for the patch desired below. Once the activities are completed and the patch earned, purchase the patch through our online store or at our office. Girls may place this patch on the back of their sash or vest.
UPDATE: The Catholic Identity patches will soon be availablefrom the Office of Catholic Scouting. Order them online or in the office today, and we will get them to you as soon as possible!
Here is the latest on next summer’s fun at Swift Explorer Base with the return of:
Catholic Adventure Week Camp
Save the date!!
July 14-20, 2013 at Swift Base of the S-f Scout Ranch
Catholic Adventure Week – July 14-20, 2013 at Swift Explorer Base
Catholic Adventure Week, offered at the Swift Base of the S-F Scout Ranch, is sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the BSA, the Office of Catholic Scouting, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA.
Our goal in providing this week for our Catholic Scouts is to give them an experience of living their faith, growing in their faith, and loving their faith within the Scouting movement and especially out in the wonders of God’s creation.
While at Swift for CAW, Scouts will be camping with their individual troops, under their particular adult leadership. Since a number of our participants are attending this camp in addition to their troop’s summer camp, there will be cases where a Scout from a troop does not have a leader present at camp. A “provisional troop” will be made for one of the camp sites, with leadership being provided by members of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA. In the past this system has worked very well, and Scouts seem to mix easily with other Scouts, without the tension that can be experienced at a normal summer camp.
While at CAW, Scouts will be exposed to the entire High Adventure program offered at Swift. Intertwined with the outstanding program offered by the Swift staff, merit badge program time, and there will be opportunities for prayer, religious instruction, and reflection. Meals are in the dining hall, a t-shirt is provided as a memento, and Mass on Friday. Program manuals will be made available in March. The cost for the week is $260 per Scout or $250 if paid in full by May 1.
We will be offering again the “Voyageur program” for new Scouts. To enroll your Troop and/or individual Scouts for this special summer camp week, turn in a Troop reservation form (if your Troop plans to attend with adult leadership) and turn in individual Scout forms, see link, for those Scouts wishing to be in the provisional Troop. A $25 reservation fee is required to hold individual Scout spots. Contact Tom Kroenung for more information at email@example.com
The Catholic Youth Apostolate is excited to announce that the Fr. William Scheid Players will open their 34th season with the musical comedy, The Music Man. Five audition dates are scheduled for the production which will be performed at the Florissant Civic Center on August 23, 24, and 25.
The Fr. Scheid Players are looking to recreate the entire River City population, and roles are available for all people ages 10 years and up. No cuts are made, which means that everyone interested in being "on stage" will be in the show. Volunteers are also needed to work backstage, build scenery, work in the tech booth or in the house on performance days.
If you are interested in being a part of this show, auditions will be held at the following places and times:
Monday, May 20, 2013 7pm – 9 pm St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish 4900 Ringer Rd., 63129 (Mehlville) Auditions will be held in the music room of the school.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7 pm – 9 pm Holy Spirit Parish 3130 Parkwood, 63043 (Maryland Heights) Auditions held in the parish hall – please enter through the main door
Wednesday, May 29, 3013 7 pm – 9 pm Msgr. Meyer Center 4354 South Kingshighway, 63109 (St. Louis) Auditions held in Msgr. Sullivan Room
Thursday, May 30, 2013 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Sacred Heart Parish - Florissant 751 North Jefferson, 63031 Auditions held in parish hall, Rm. #3 Enter from St. Louis or St. Denis Street
Sunday, June 2, 2013 2 pm – 4 pm Msgr. Meyer Center 4354 S. Kingshighway, 63109 (St. Louis) Auditions held in Msgr. Sullivan Room
For more information about auditions for The Music Man or if you have any questions about the show, please email Mike Kalist at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from performances benefit the many youth programs of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.
Catholic Committee on Girl Scouts: Kathy Bochantin, @ 314.894.8270.
What to Bring: Sack lunch (Beverages and snacks are provided).
Optional: Money for gift shop. Items range from $.50 to $10.00. Appropriate
clothing (closed toe shoes and socks are required) for outdoor fun and
Cost: $10.00per person.
Covers snack, materials, and patch. Payable to Catholic Youth Apostolate
Preferred Due date is October 1, 2013!
Registrations still accepted after October 1st – if there are spots still available.
Optional Booklet Cost: $6.00 – If you would like to use this day as a jumping off point to begin working on the “I Live My Faith” Faith-Building Program, you can purchase the book now and we will have it for you on the day of the retreat. If you are not sure at this time, books will be available for purchase on the day of the retreat.
Registration/Payment: October 1, 2013 – Please complete a Registration Form for each participant.
You may also register with the form, attatched below.
Confirmation: You will be notified by email after October 7, 2013.
CYC Game Conflicts: CYC soccer and volleyball games on October 12, 2013 will not be scheduled or will be rescheduled for the retreat participants if the following registration form is received no later than October 1st. Registration & Payment. Complete the section on the registration form.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CNS) -- A Scoutmaster in Dodge City has developed what may be the only Scout patch program in the nation for the Year of Faith.
Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith -- from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013 -- to give a new impetus to the mission of the whole church for a renewal of the faith. It also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Bishop John B. Brungardt of Dodge City was the catalyst for the patch, said Scoutmaster Tim Wenzl of Troop 162 in Dodge City and spokesman for the diocesan Committee on Scouting.
"When Pope Benedict announced the Year of Faith, Bishop Brungardt held a (diocesan) directors' meeting and asked us to think of ways we could tie our departments and organizations into the Year of Faith," said Wenzl, who also is diocesan archivist and media liaison.
He knew just the thing that would motivate his Scouts: a colorful patch.
"Scouts like to earn patches," said Wenzl, "whether it's for rank advancement or merit badges."
Wenzl learned how popular a Catholic patch program could be when he initiated a Year of the Eucharist patch in 2004 and got inquiries from Scout units in 39 states and one foreign country.
The square red-and-white patch features the official Year of Faith logo, flanked by the anniversary dates of the Second Vatican Council and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with "Diocese of Dodge City" at the bottom.
The patch may be earned by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venturers and their adult leaders. Members of parish youth groups may also earn the patch.
It is a self-administered program monitored by adult leaders. The patch is earned by completing a series of requirements. Separate requirements have been developed for three age groups: first through fifth grades, sixth through twelfth, and adults. The patch can only be earned during the Year of Faith.
The requirements can be obtained by going to the website at: www.dcdiocese.org. Scroll down to last half of homepage and click on the red-and-white Year of Faith patch.
Different age levels have several different requirements. For example, one requirement for first- through fifth-graders is to ask a parent or grandparent several questions, including, "What does your Faith mean to you? What was the Second Vatican Council?" They also are asked to choose three out of five actions, such as receiving Communion during a Scout Mass either at their parish church or at Scout camp.
For sixth- through 12th-graders, requirements include reading one church document, such as Pope Benedict's homily for the Mass for the new evangelization and do three of five activities. One suggestion is to invite a friend to Mass, a religious education/youth group activity or a CYO social.
Adult leaders have their own list of activities to complete to earn the patch.
"This (religious activity) will allow Catholic scouts to delve into the Year of Faith more
deeply," said Bishop Brungardt in a statement posted on the website.
Patches can be ordered by contacting Wenzl at: email@example.com or by writing: Year of Faith Scout Patch, Diocese of Dodge City, P.O. Box 137, Dodge City, KS 67801.
Patches are $5 each. Checks should be made payable to the Catholic Committee on Scouting. Please list the number of patches needed and the date of the awards presentation. For information, call Wenzl at (620) 227-1556.