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Catholic Adventure Week

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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. Register NOW! New this year...Open to Boy and Venture Scouts! Get $50-100 Off Your Second Week of Boy Scout Summer Camp Attend a week of Boy Scout Summer Camp or Venturing Camp and get a SECOND week at $160- a $100 savings- at one of the following camps: Fish Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, and Catholic Adventure Camp. Or get $50 off these camps if you spend a week at another council's camp or a high-adventure base! Visit camping.stlbsa.org to register. Get $50-100 Off Your Second Week of Boy Scout Summer Camp Attend a week of Boy Scout Summer Camp or Venturing Camp and get a SECOND week at $160- a $100 savings- at one of the following camps: Fish Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, and Catholic Adventure Camp. Or get $50 off these camps if you spend a week at another council's camp or a high-adventure base! Visit camping.stlbsa.org to register.
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Catholic Adveture Week 

July 13-19, 2014 at Swift Explorer Base

Get $50-100 Off Your Second Week of Boy Scout Summer Camp

Attend a week of Boy Scout Summer Camp or Venturing Camp and get a SECOND week at $160- a $100 savings- at one of the following camps: Fish Camp, STEM Camp, Eagle Trail Camp, and Catholic Adventure Camp. Or get $50 off these camps if you spend a week at another council's camp or a high-adventure base! Visit camping.stlbsa.org to register.

 Register here and now before we sell out! 

http://www.stlbsa.org/camping/AllAboutSummerCamp/boy%20scout%20summer%20camp/Pages/Catholic-Adventure-Week.aspx

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.

Catholic Adventure Week is coming up on July 13-19 at the scenic Swift Explorer Base on the S-f Scout Ranch near Farmington, MO.   Catholic Venturers and Boy Scouts from around the Region are invited to have an inspirational week of high adventure/Kodiak training, faith, and fun.  Go to the link below on information/forms or contact Tom at tkroenung@stlbsa.org.  Don't miss this very unique camp experience.  

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 or Crews, under their particular adult leadership. Since a number of our participants are attending this camp in addition to their troop or crews summer camp, there will be cases where a Scout from a troop or crew does not have a leader present at camp.  A “provisional unit” 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, Crew and/or individual Scouts for this special summer camp week, turn in a Troop/Crew reservation form (if your Troop/Cfrew plans to attend with adult leadership) and turn in individual Scout forms, see link, for those Scouts wishing to be in the provisional unit.   A $25 reservation fee is required to hold individual Scout spots.  Contact Tom Kroenung for more information at tkroenung@stlbsa.org

We've Moved!

OUR OFFICE HAS MOVED!

Don't worry though, we're still in the Cardinal Rigali Center!
Instead of going to the 3rd floor North wing, we are now located in the 2nd floor West wing.

Instead of entering through the main front entrance, please enter the Rigali Center from the back (West Wing) entrance.  There are only about 10 parking spaces, so you may have to park and walk a bit; we're sorry for any inconvenience.  Once you get to the door, you'll have to dial "#3" to call our office, and we'll buzz you in the door.  Enter the door, go immediately to the right down a small hallway that deadends at an elevator.  Take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

We apologize for how confusing this seems, but hopefully it will get easier as everyone gets used to the new location in the building.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please call our office at 314.792.7613.

Update from the NCCS regarding the BSA membership.

Please read the update from the NCCS regarding the BSA membership dated November 11, 2013.

More information can be found on the National Catholic Committee on BSA website.

http://www.nccs-bsa.org/mbrstd/

Trained Moderators please read!

Important information for after you have been trained!

Trained Moderators please read!

New this year!!!!

Please register each girl that is working on the MFD program by clicking on the following secure link.

Register your girls here: http://ocs.llwebdev.com/NewRegistrant.php

This information will be used to send communications, generating certificates, name tags and for the program booklet at the prayer service on Presentation Sunday at the Cathedral.

Need prayers?

Every morning at 10am, all the offices within the Catholic Youth Apostolate come together to pray. We would like to pray for you and for your intentions. Please visit our Prayer Corner to submit your intentions, and we will voice those intentions for you, unless you want them private, every morning.

New Marian Activity & Patch Series

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A completely new series, called the Marian Activity and Patch Series, is being released by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting! The first apparition of Mary in this new series is Our Lady of Guadalupe, which you can read about below. This new series was first announced by the NCCS during their annual meeting/conference, held this year here in St. Louis from April 11-14. Though there has only been one apparition of Mary released so far, get excited for the new Marian Activity and Patch Series to become a huge success!

Marian Activity and Patch Series - Our Lady of Guadalupe

The goal of this activity is to honor Mary, the Mother of God. The Church calendar for the United States includes nineteen different Marian feasts or commemorations. By focusing on these different Marian feasts, the activities and patches in this series will shed light on how and why the Church has honored the humble Virgin of Nazareth for more than 2,000 years.

How to start

  • Read about Our Lady of Guadalupe. You can find the answers to these questions on www.newadvent.org. Feel free to use other resources.
  • 1st - 5th Grades - Complete 3 requirements and 2 of the activities.
    6th - 12th Grades - Complete 4 requirements and 3 of the activities.
    Adults - See flyer

Requirements

  • In 1531 miracles began to happen. Who appeared to humble Juan Diego?
  • When is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe?
  • Fill in the blank: Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the _____________________.
  • What three miraculous signs convinced the Mexican people that the Catholic faith was true?
  • What was God's purpose in choosing Mary to appear to Juan?

Activities

  • Draw a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe and share this picture with your family and friends.
  • Attend a Spanish-speaking Mass and interview some of those who attend regularly about what Our Lady of Guadalupe means to them.
  • Within a short time, six million Native Mexicans were baptized as Catholics because of what they witnessed and heard about Our Lady of Guadalupe. Attend a Baptism. What does Baptism do? Why is it important to be baptized? (see Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213)
  • Create a poster showing the three miracles that happened to Juan Diego. Display this poster in your home or community for all to see.

Requirements for Adults

  1. Assist the youth with this Footsteps of American Saints activity
  2. Share your thoughts with the youth about this Saint.
  3. Review the responses to the requirements of each youth participant to confirm his accuracy and to insure his understanding. 
  4. Fill out the application for this Marian activity and send it along with the fee to NCCS.
 

For more information about this Saint, check out the websites below.

The answers to the requirements can be found here.

Answers to Requirements

For more information on the Marian Activity and Patch Series program, please visit this page!

Catholic Identity Patch Program

Catholic Scouting Award

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.

Women in Scripture

Models of Faith

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