Religious programs are available to Catholic youth. Age appropriate activities are done from workbooks, with the guidance of a religious program counselor. The activities help young people grow in their faith, and allow them to explore their role in their family life, parish community and local communities. A scout may participate in one or more religious program during their scouting/Camp Fire career.
GETTING STARTED All young people who are interested in participating in a religious program can follow the guidelines below.
Decide which program is appropriate. See the descriptions of the programs below.
Purchase the workbook for the program. Each participant will require his/her own workbook. Workbooks may NOT be copied.
Contact the CCS member listed below for further assistance in the programs. Some programs require that the participant work with a registered religious program counselor. Parents and Leaders may apply as counselor.
Complete all requirements in the workbook by the deadline to qualify for the recognition ceremony. Emblems for Boy Scouts/Venture/Explorers may also require completing a board of review.
The Cub Scout and younger Girl Scout/Camp Fire programs typically take 3-4 months to complete. The Boy Scout and older Girl Scout/Camp Fire programs can take from 5-6 months to complete.
Complete the application form in the workbook, which requires the signatures of the participant, a parent, and the pastor. Send the completed application form, and the required fees for the medals, to the contact person listed below. The contact person will know the current cost of the medals.
There is a diocesan fee of $15 (GS) and $17 (BSA) for each applicant. This fee covers all Religious Medals, Religious Program Patches, certificate, and ceremony. Program booklets fees are the responsibility of each applicant.
Who to contact regarding Scouting in the Diocese of San Jose
For more information on Catholic Scouting programs for boys, please contact Ann Resch.
For more information on Catholic Scouting programs for girls, please contact Moira Delumpa.
CATHOLIC EMBLEMS FOR BOYS LIGHT OF CHRIST (Tiger Cubs & Wolf Cub Scouts)
This program helps a younger boy develop a personal relationship with Jesus. He comes to see Jesus as a person and his friend.
PARVULI DEI (Bear Cub Scouts & Webelos Scouts)
Young boys explore a wide range of activities in which they discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes. Parvuli Dei is latin for Children of God.
AD ALTARE DEI (Boy Scouts 7th grade and older)
This program studies the Sacraments. Scouts grow to recognize that sacramental encounters with Christ help them to develop a fuller Christian way of life. Ad Altare Dei is latin for to the altar of God.
POPE PIUS XII (High School age Boy Scouts)
Participants examine Christian daily life and are challenged to explore church ministries and vocations. Young adults are encourage to share their faith with peers through discussion and reflection. During World War II, 1939—45, and for nearly twenty years after, Pope Pius XII was almost universally regarded as a saintly man, a scholar, a man of peace, a tower of strength, and a compassionate defender and protector of all victims of the war and genocide that had drowned Europe in blood for six years. At the end of the war Western nations paid tribute to his steadfast efforts on behalf of the oppressed. Jews heaped praise on him for his help in their darkest hour and, at his death thirteen years later, they were among the first to express sorrow and gratitude for his solicitude for Jews during the Holocaust.
Activity Books for Boys may be purchased at your local BSA store or online at www.scoutstuff.org.
CATHOLIC EMBLEMS FOR GIRLS FAMILY OF GOD (2nd & 3rd grades)
Children explore a wide range of family and parish activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives.
I LIVE MY FAITH (Ages 9 to 11)
This program focuses activities around the participant’s developing awareness of her/his growth as a person, friend, family member, citizen and believer of faith.
MARIAN MEDAL (Ages 12 to 18)
Program paricipants gain an understanding of Mary as the model of openness and spirituality. The program helps young people develop a Christian spirit of hope and faith through projects, discussion and liturgical celebrations.
SPIRIT ALIVE (High School age)
This program assists participants in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participating in Church ministry.