Catholic Committee on Scouting update for April 2021
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
April 2021 Update
Dear Scout Friends,
Happy Easter to you all! Christ is risen and we are redeemed!! Alleluia!!!
One of the projects that has been on the “to do” list for far too long was publishing a prayer service that can be used for presenting religious awards. Attached is a working draft of that effort that I would like some feedback on so I can improve the document and post on the Catholic Committee on Scouting website.
Attached is an invitation to participate in the Scouting in the Catholic Church conference at Philmont Scout Ranch this summer. I am a graduate of this conference and earned my Jerusalem Cross as well! The conference packs a lot of information into the week, but you still have time to enjoy the beauty of Philmont in a family-friendly environment.
I also learned about a new Duty to God Video from PRAY, the organization that coordinates most of the religious awards outside of the Catholic faith. I embedded this video below.
Please let me know if you would like to schedule a retreat day to work on religious awards. See
for a sample of some of the many awards that are available.
Finally, as a reminder, parishes now have a facility use agreement that must be in place for any groups outside of parish organizations to use parish property for meetings and activities. This new policy means that Girl Scout troops or other youth organizations that are not parish-sponsored need to meet with the pastor or his designee and sign some paperwork.
Yours in Scouting,
Chair, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
(217) 698-8500 x. 154
(217) 622-4994 (cell)
Fr. Steve Arisman
Chaplain, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
Pastor, St. Francis Solanus, Quincy
Catholic Committee on Scouting
The Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting serves the 28 counties in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. This area covers all or portions of 4 Boy Scout Councils and 2 Girl Scout Councils including:
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
: Adams, Brown, Cass, Christian, Douglas, Greene, Macon, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Sangamon, Scott and Shelby Counties
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
: Bond, Calhoun, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Jersey, Macoupin, and Madison Counties
Mississippi Valley Council BSA
Eagle Ridge District ~ Adams, Pike and Brown Counties
Greater St. Louis Council BSA
Piasa Bird District, Cahokia Mounds District, Arrowhead District, and Redhawk District
Abraham Lincoln Council BSA
: All districts ~
Honest Abe District, Log Cabin/Railsplitter District, Lincoln Home District
Prairielands Council BSA
Prairie Fire District
Douglas County; Many Trails District ~ northern portion of Edgar County
Adams, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby
2021 Scouting in the Catholic Church Conference.pdf
on Tuesday, April 6 at 3:45PM