Encounter Weekend 2015

Encounter is a weekend of camping and outdoor fun with friends, challenging games, hiking, and Activity Stations in the woods. We'll have live praise and worship music as well as Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation on Saturday Evening. The weekend concludes on Sunday with an outdoor Mass and breakfast.

Register online or download the form below and fax it to 314-792-7619.


All Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts


September 18-20, 2015


Beaumont Scout Reservation


$25 per scout and adult

We provide: Programming, Saturday lunch, and Sunday breakfast
You provide: Camping gear and all other meals at your campsite

What to Bring:

  • Medical forms
  • Copy of unit roster
  • $$$ for Trading Post and Friday night hot dog sales

Info for Leaders and Adults:

We are offering a Two-4-One program just for you!!! If your unit is registered for the weekend, come join us on Saturday from 9am-3:30pm for the NCLD Program (formerly known as Scouter Development) FREE of charge! Your scouts will be out during this time on the Activity Statioins led by our adult and hight school staff. If you attended last year, each year is different! The NCLD program fulfills a requirement for local and national quality unit awards. Plus, lunch will be provided! If you do not have Scouts attending the weekend, you can still come to the NCLD Program for only $10. Why not come and see what we have to offer?

Additional Info:

  • All payments must be received prior to the Encounter Weekend.
  • Registrations accepted through September 18th
  • Need-based scholarships are available.
  • This weekend can be used to fulfill the retreat requirement for Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius, but is for all scouts
  • We run two separate programs: one for grade school scouts and one for high school scouts. The $25 registration fee applies to both groups.
  • Troops and crews will be mixed with other troops and crews for the Activity Stations.
  • Everyone gets an awesome patch, t-shirt, and more!

Catholic Adventure Week

Catholic Scouting Image
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. Open to all Boy and Venture Scouts!

Catholic Adveture Week July 12-18, 2015 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 Youth Ministry, and the Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA.Catholic Adventure Week is coming up on July 12-18 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. 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.    Contact Tom Kroenung for more information at tkroenung@stlbsa.org

Women of Our Catholic Faith Workshop

A Great Model To Minister To Youth!

Blog written by Adrienne Vonder Haar

Women of FaithSacred Heart Parish of Valley Park welcomed 60 girls ranging in age from Kindergarten through seventh grade on January 11th to the second “Women of Our Catholic Faith” workshop. The workshop was a three-hour event that encompassed learning about three women of our faith: St. Gianna, St. Mary Magdalene and Sarah. The programming was provided by the Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry of the St. Louis Catholic Youth Apostolate for each of the women studied as a part of their Catholic Identity patch series.

Fleece BlanketsThe girls were led through a series of rotations to explore each of these women. Activities and crafts were provided throughout and they also participated in a service project tying fleece blankets to donate to the Good Shepherd Center. Through the work of volunteers, support from Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Group, SHP Men and Ladies Club and the parish school, the workshop was provided at minimal cost to the families who participated.

The workshop was founded by a group of parish women and Girl Scout leaders with the hope that through exposure, the girls would take away valuable faith related lessons from the stories and history of the women presented each year. Besides being a great Parish community event for the girls of the parish and the area Girl Scout organization, the hope is that learning about women who are role models from the Bible and from the legion of Saints will empower girls to participate fully in their faith growing up and realize that all women have a significant role in the Church and a vocation within it.

Event coordinators this year were Pat Snyder, Emily Henderson, Christine Hendricks, Karen Rasure, Sharon Arnzen and Adrienne Vonder Haar.

More Info

Are you interested in using this model for a way of ministering to youth in your parish? The Office of Catholic Scouting Ministry can support you with their programs. You can contact them by phone at 314-792-7613 or by emailing jennifertrousdale@archstl.org. You can also find more information online at www.catholicscoutingstl.org.

Pat Snyder was one of the main coordinators for the past two years at her parish and she is willing to share with anyone who wants to get the program stated at your parish! Contact Pat at 636-343-6644 or by email at pfsnyder@sbcglobal.net.

Venturers Can Now Earn Ad Altare Dei


As of mid-2014, Venturing Scouts (youth up the age of 21) are now eligible to earn the Ad Altare Dei youth religious award in addition to the Pope Pius XII award.

Eligibility as listed on the NCCS website:

  • Registered youth in a Troop or Crew of the Catholic Faith.
  • Designed for youth 13-14 years old, older youth may use this program.
  • Active member of a unit for 6 months.
  • Completed 6th grade before starting the program.

So basically if you've been in a Crew for 6 months then you are free to begin working on your emblem!

More information on the AAD award can be found on this page.

New Faith Series

Corporal Works of Mercy

A completely new series, called the Faith Series, is being released by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting! The first activity in this new series is based on the Corporal Works of Mercy, which you can read about on the NCCS-BSA website. Though there has only been one activity released so far, get excited for the new Faith Series to become a huge success!

For more information on the Faith Series program, please visit this page!

Marian Series-4 New Feasts Added


Four New Marian Series Installments Added January 2015

Each activity in this series examines one of the nineteen Marian Feasts Commemorated in the United States, focusing on how and why the Church has honored Mary for more than 2,000 years.

Immaculate Conception on the NCCS-BSA website
Our Lady of Lourdes on the NCCS-BSA website
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on the NCCS-BSA website
Our Lady of Sorrows on the NCCS-BSA website

For more information on all 5 of the current Marian Activity and Patch Series activities, please visit this page!

Footsteps of American Saints-4 New Saints Added


Four New Saints Added January 2015

The goal of these activities is to share the lives of several saints so that the youth might relate to what these people have done and maybe look to these individuals as role models.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on the NCCS-BSA website
Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher on the NCCS-BSA website
St. Theodore Guerin on the NCCS-BSA website
Bl. Miguel Pro on the NCCS-BSA website

For more information on all 20 of the Footsteps of American Saints activities, please visit this page!

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