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Why consider Catholic Scouting Ministry?

Scouting Forms Christian Leaders
By Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone
Bishop Liaison, National Catholic Committee on Scouting
Over 100 years ago, a program developed in England
to assist boys in the process of growing up, was
introduced in the United States. As time went on,
the Boy Scouts of America became much more than
a program; it evolved into a movement that would
eventually affect the lives of millions of boys as they
advanced in age and maturity.
Scouting, with its inherent value system, came to be
recognized as a powerful educational process that
touched many aspects of a young man’s life and gave
him tools that continued to be useful well into adult life. read more..

Scouting is Youth Ministry

The complex world of the 20th century, with its emphasis on instant answers and high technology, has had a devastating effect on our young people. Working mothers, single-parent families, and the difficulties of maintaining family life all add to the problem. The suicide rate among teenagers is the highest of any age group, and you will find drugs and alcohol prevalent even among preteens. It is no wonder that young people wander about in search of something to hang on to, someone to trust and in whom to confide. They have difficulty finding God, because there is no one to show them the way.

How significant it is, therefore, that the latest revisions of the Boy Scout Handbook have restored the emphasis on duty to God in its pages. For, while the charter of the Boy Scouts of America has always had a religious principle, it was not always obvious to the individual youth in the unit.

In recent years, as the Catholic Church developed its apostolate to youth more fully, it became known as youth ministry. Scouting is a significant part of this ministry...


Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA

The Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA, was formed in the 1950's to oversee the development of a spiritual presence in the activities of the Boy Scout programs. The St. Louis Archdiocese, through its parishes and schools, is the largest single sponsor of Scouts in the St. Louis area. The Catholic Committee is a group of people, lay and religious who believe that the scouting is a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic church. Youth in scouting should be helped with their spiritual citizenship as well as their earthly citizenship. Most of the members are active in scouting in other way, but they have dedicated themselves to this extra effort. We are always looking for new members, don't hesitate to offer your services. An extra mind, fresh ideas and pair of hands can really make a difference.  We meet four times a year at the Cardinal Rigali Center at 7:30 p.m.

Come to our meetings or call to learn more about who we are and what we do!

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National Catholic Committee on Scouting, BSA

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting is a church committee of concerned Catholic lay people and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of the program of the Boy Scouts of America as a viable form of youth ministry with the Catholic youth of our nation. The Committee, which is advisory to the Boy Scouts of America, seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between BSA and the Catholic Church in the United States. Through interaction and dialogue with the Secretariat on the Laity and Family Life, NCCS works cooperatively with various other groups involved in youth ministry in the United States.

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National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, participate in the mission of the Catholic Church by advocating for and supporting Catholic youth ministry on the national, diocesan, and local level. As a professional organization of affiliated dioceses and collaborating members, we: advocate for the role and needs of young people in the Church and in society and promote the role of the Church and the Gospel in the lives of young people, promote a comprehensive approach to youth ministry as articulated in Renewing the Vision, provide leadership, resources, services, and conferences for the education and formation of diocesan leaders, youth ministers, and young people, support diocesan youth ministry leaders and collaborating members, dialogue and collaborate with the U.S. Catholic Bishops and national leadership organizations for the promotion of youth ministry and the professional development of church leaders. In response to the Gospel, and in pursuit of our mission and vision, we act in accord with these values:  the dignity and giftedness of each person, the baptismal call of each person to discipleship and ministry,  the gifts and charismas of young people, the richness of diversity, the challenge of justice and peace, the wisdom of shared leadership.

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Scout Sunday Services

Catholic Cub Scout medals that are not presented at the annual Scout Prayer Service (at the Cathedral) are presented on a Parish level at mass, a prayer service or a special ceremony. Also, the adult Bronze Pelican award is presented on a Parish level at mass, a prayer service or a special ceremony.

Please talk with your Pastor as to how it would work best in your Parish to present the awards.

For more information on how to plan Scout Sunday Services in your parish, visit the National Catholic Committee on Scouting's website.

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