Catholic Committee on Scouting update for September 2019
Catholic Committee on Scouting
September 2019 Update
Dear Scout Friends,
I hope your start of the school year is going well! As kids get settled into their new class routines, now is a good time to introduce the religious awards programs to our Scouts so they can have everything completed by Scout Sunday. Details are available at
For older Scouts, I am hosting another series of classes for the Ad Altare Dei emblem. Details are posted below. There is also a Marian program available for Girl Scouts if there is interest in forming a group to earn that recognition.
Other ongoing projects are noted below…
Charter Organization Representative Training for Catholic Units
Dear Catholic Charter Organizational Representatives
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has developed a new online training module to supplement your Boy Scouts of America's Charter Organizational Representative (COR) training. Our focus is not to retrain you on your role as a COR, but to give you the tools to use the Scouting program as a tool for a deeper Catholic youth ministry experience for the youth.
The NCCS COR Training is a four-module training available on BSA's ScoutingU system. The modules covered are:
Chartering to a Catholic Institution
This module helps the COR to understand Scouting in the Local Church, the (arch)diocese. This session will discuss the role of the BSA charter in the context of the role of the Parish as part of the Diocese and the role of the Bishop.
Reaching Youth Through Scouting
Scouting is youth ministry when the programs of the BSA are used in conjunction with programs of the NCCS and seek to fulfill the three goals of Catholic youth ministry.
Your Role as a Catholic COR
COR's are the key to ensuring a Catholic program. This module will review the role of the BSA COR as part of the Catholic faith.
Catholic Scouting under BSA Standards
This module will examine the BSA Rule and Regulations and address some of the concerns of Bishops and Pastors with fully implementing a Catholic program that fully participates in the life of the parish and seeks to fully develop the faith of its members.
We are developing new modules to help direct contact leaders in Catholic Units and parents of Catholic Scouts. If you want to keep up to date on new training available to Catholic Units, Catholic Leaders, and parents please sign up to receive the NCCS quarterly
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NEED TO FIND OUR TRAINING ON ScoutingU (BSA Learning Center)?
These new modules can be found in the BSA Learn Center by selecting Position > COR Training > NCCS COR Training. Attached is a step by step to get you to the correct section. Thank you for your work in faith formation of our youth through Scouting.
Yours in Catholic Scouting as a Youth Ministry,
National Chair 2019-2022
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
Scout Religious Emblems Retreat
One of the initiatives that was discussed at the last Committee meeting was to create a retreat format for offering all the religious emblems for Scouts under one roof. This event would include Light of Christ for Tigers and Wolf Scouts, Parvuli Dei for Bear and Webelos Scouts, Ad Altare Dei for younger adolescents and Pope Pius XII for older adolescents. If enough leadership is involved, we can have Girl Scout recognitions offered as well. Target date is spring of 2020 at Fr. McGivney Catholic High School.
Ad Altare Dei
Ad Altare Dei classes are back again! Scouts can start attending at any point in the calendar. To be eligible, a Scout must be in 7th grade or older and have been active in BSA for at least 6 months. Please have a workbook and a Bible for these classes. Workbooks are available at the Scout office or online at
. We start at 6:30 pm at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1615 West Washington Street, Springfield.
September 15 ~ Chapter 1: Sacraments and Sacramentals in Our Daily Life
October 20 ~ Chapter 8: Matrimony
November 17 ~ Chapter 6: Anointing of the Sick
No December session
January 12, 2020 ~ Chapter 4: Eucharist
February 9, 2020 ~ Chapter 2: Baptism
March 15, 2020 ~ Chapter 5: Reconciliation
April 19, 2020 ~ Chapter 3: Confirmation
May 17, 2020 ~ Chapter 7: Holy Orders
Membership Statistics ~ BSA Units Chartered by Catholic Parishes and Institutions
2014: 57 units, 1251 youth members, 537 adult members
2015: 59 units, 1569 youth members, 595 adult members
2016: 57 units, 1492 youth members, 601 adult members
2017: 52 units, 1105 youth members, 484 adult members
2018: 47 units, 961 youth members, 437 adult members
2019: 45 units, 1016 Youth members, 375 adult members
Of note, we lost 6 units and gained 4 new ones
Units lost include:
Troop 125 from St. Augustine, Ashland, Honest Abe District, Abraham Lincoln Council
Troop 2 from Christ the King, Springfield, Lincoln Home District, Abraham Lincoln Council (this group rechartered as Crew 2 but that unit did not appear on my report)
Crew 31 from Blessed Sacrament, Springfield, Venturing District, Abraham Lincoln Council
Crew 2034 from Holy Ghost, Jerseyville, Piasa Bird District, Greater St. Louis Area Council
Pack 3034 from St. Michael the Archangel, Staunton, Piasa Bird District, Greater St. Louis Area Council
Troop 93 from Holy Ghost, Jerseyville, Piasa Bird District, Greater St. Louis Area Council
New Units include:
Troop 225 from St. Francis of Assisi, Quincy, Eagle Valley District, Mississippi Valley Council
Pack 99 from St. Louis, Nokomis, Log Cabin/Railsplitter District, Abraham Lincoln Council
Troop 747 from St. Raymond, Raymond, Log Cabin/Railsplitter District, Abraham Lincoln Council
Troop 1031 from Blessed Sacrament, Springfield, Lincoln Home District, Abraham Lincoln Council
Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting Meeting Schedule
Meeting at from 4 – 6 PM at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield unless otherwise noted. These meeting coincide with the Ad Altare Dei classes.
Diocesan 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:
Pisa Bird District, Cahokia Mounds District, Railsplitter District, Redhawk District, and Two Rivers District
Abraham Lincoln Council BSA: All districts ~
Honest Abe District, Log Cabin/Railsplitter District, Lincoln Home District
Prairielands Council BSA:
Prairie Fire District
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
Fr. Steve Arisman
Chaplain, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
Pastor, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, Mt. Zion & St. Isidore, Bethany
Chair, Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
Director, Office for Catechesis
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
1615 West Washington Street
Springfeild, IL 62702-4757
Office: (217) 698-8500 x. 154
on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:58AM