Catholic Committee on Scouting update for May 2020
Catholic Committee on Scouting
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
May 2020 Update
Dear Scout Friends,
First, I want to congratulate our chaplain, Fr. Steve Arisman, on his new assignment as pastor. This summer he will be leaving Mt. Zion to become the pastor at St. Francis Solanus parish in Quincy. Good luck on this new pastoral challenge for you! The Quincy community will be blest by having you as a part of the community.
Next, this Sunday evening I am hosting a webinar presentation on the various religious awards and recognitions available for Scouts. My goal is to briefly introduce the variety of programs that are available and describe how you can engage in each of these programs. Login information is posted below. I plan to record the webinar to make it available for future use. Once the video is available, I will post a link on scouts.dio.org.
Hopefully your Scouts are still engaged in Scout activities in light of the current stay-at-home requirements. If there are any religious awards that you would like to see offered online, please let me know!
Yours in Scouting,
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
Fr. Steve Arisman, Pastor, Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, Mt. Zion & St. Isidore, Bethany
Overview of Catholic Religious Awards
This meeting is locked with a password: ##meetingPassword
You can also dial in using your phone: (646) 749-3122, access code: 647-911-221
Ad Altare Dei
Ad Altare Dei classes continue to meet in Springfield once government officials allow us to do so. 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.
May 17, 2020 ~ Chapter 7: Holy Orders
Summer months are kept open so Scouts can focus on Summer Camp
Future dates for the 2020-2021 school year are pending once COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are eased
Pope Pius XII
To be eligible for the Pope Pius XII emblem, one must be a freshman in high school (or 15 years old) or older and a registered youth member of a BSA unit. If you have a Scout interested in earning the Pope Pius XII emblem, please contact me at (217) 698-8500, ext. 154.
Mary the First Disciple and Spirit Alive
Members of Girl Scouts and other organizations have religious awards, too! If there is interest in having groups from either the Mary the First Disciple recognition or the Spirit Alive recognition, I will be happy to organize something.
Missio is a new religious recognition for high juniors and seniors. Attached is an information flyer developed by the National Catholic Committee of Girl Scouts and Camp Fire USA.
National Catholic Unit Excellence Award
BSA units chartered by Catholic institutions can earn the National Catholic Unit Excellence Award from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. To qualify for this award, units tally a scoresheet similar to the Journey to Excellence Award from Boy Scouts of America. Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of performance are tracked in the following areas: Planning, Growth, Retention, Religious Emblems, Religious Activities, Service, Vocations, Training, Emblems Counselor and Diocesan Committee Participation. Up to 1,700 points can be earned, with 1,000 needed to qualify for Gold.
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
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 ~ Douglas 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
on Thursday, April 30 at 1:45PM