I am a member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, which serves Scouting within the Archdiocese of Chicago. I, as well as my fellow committee members, serve to organize and support diocesen-wide events such as our annual Scout retreats, the "Fishers of Men" fishing trip held at Mundelein Seminary and an awards ceremony held at Holy Name Cathedral. Finally, we serve as a conduit to disseminate new information and programs.
Throughout a child's scouting career, a large number of awards and badges are earned. The Catholic Committee on Scouting specifically promotes earning the Religious Emblems of the Catholic Church. The Religious Emblems awards program was developed as a faith development program. The program is not designed to replace the Scout's participation in his parish's religious education programs, but rather, provides experiences that enhance the formal religious education the Scout is already receiving.
The following are examples of the Religious Emblems we assist the scouts to earn:
Cub Scout age boys (ages 6 – 10), can first earn the "Light of Christ" award – which helps the boys develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; followed by the Parvuli Dei award – which helps the boy discover God in his daily life, develop a positive self-image, and aid his awareness of the responsibilities that grow out of God's love for him.
Boy Scouts (ages 13 and over) can earn the Ad Altare Dei emblem – which helps the Scout develop a fully Christian way of life by learning about the Sacraments. The Pope Pius XII award – helps the Scout (ages 15 and older) learn about different life choices or vocations, such as occupations to consider as well as ministries within the church.
Adults can also earn awards, such as the Bronze Pelican award, a diocesan recognition given to adults who have made a significant and outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth. The St. George emblem is given to members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth through Scouting.
I invite you to consider joining the Catholic Committee on Scouting or volunteering with one of our many local parish-based scouting troops.
Finally, we would like to invite Scouts of all ages to our "Fishers of Men" event on Saturday, September 17, from 10 am to 4 pm at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. The day will include ample time for fishing, a tour of the Seminary and some time to talk with some of the seminarians. Hot dogs will be on the menu that day as well! To register, contact Cheryle Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Early registration is $10 prior to Sept. 8th, then $12 at the door.
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