Committee on Scouting
The committee is responsible for the religious scout awards and annual scout retreats.
Paul Logli Chairman
Fr. Matthew McMorrow Diocesan Scout Chaplain
Cindy Chiodini Blackhawk Council Chairwoman
Eva Nowak Three Fires Council Chairwoman
Any Catholic scouts (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or American Heritage Girls) may complete religious awards. If Catholic scouts are part of your unit, you could designate a particular leader to help those scouts complete their religious awards.
Counselors and Awards:
Any merit badge counselor who you approve could guide the scouts through the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei awards. The Committee trains Ad Altari Dei and Pius XII counselors. There are also a number of religious patches which can be earned: the Rosary, Duty to God, and International Award. Books for awards can either be purchased from your Council store or from our office. To receive the awards, we need to receive the completed and signed forms. There is a court of review for the Ad Altari Dei and Pius XII awards in December. All Scouts who complete the Parvuli Dei, Ad Altari Dei, or Pius XII for boys and the I Live My Faith, Marian, or Spirit Alive wards will be invited to come to the Cathedral in Rockford on the first Sunday of February to receive their awards from the Bishop.
For further information regarding award counselors, contact Eva Nowak (email@example.com) for Three Fires and Cindy Chiodini (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Blackhawk.
|Light of Christ||Designed for 6-7 year old Cub Scouts.|
|Parvuli Dei||Designed for 8-10 year old Cub Scouts.|
|Ad Altare Dei||Designed for any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a BSA Troop or Crew.|
|Pope Pius XII||Designed for Venturing Crew Members and Boy Scouts 15 years old and older.|
Spirit Alive Medal – This program is designed from Catholic youth in high school who are in the senior level of Girl Scouts, or Horizon Club members of Camp Fire Boys and Girls. It assists them in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church’s ministry.
Marian Medal – Through Mary, the first disciple, young Catholics (ages 12-15) will grow in appreciation of Mary and in understanding themselves. They will meet Mary in Scripture as a young teenager, and will follow her journey as she becomes a woman and the Mother of God. The revised version of the Marian Medal Project book demonstrates the importance of Mary for all generations and cultures. Most striking is the artwork portraying Mary in various Mediums, Centuries, and cultures.
I live My Faith is designed to help Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members (grades 4-6) appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily life. The action-oriented activities focus on developing awareness within the individual of his/her potential as a growing person, friend, family member, citizen, and a participant in the community of faith. The program is divided into three chapters: “Stretching,” “Seeking,” and “Finding,” each of which blends the dimensions of discovery, prayer, service, and sacrament into a unified whole.
Family of God is the official religious recognition program of the Roman Catholic Church for children (grades 2-3) who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts or other Catholic youth organizations. Family of God is a bilingual activity series developed to complement the Catechetical efforts of the parish and families with children in the second and third grades. The program helps children discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish.
Awards cost $10, except for the Family of God and I Live My Faith awards which are $5.00/medal. The check should be sent with the signed form from the activity book. Awards will be held for Scout Sunday or sent to your pastor to distribute at an appropriate time.
Scout Sunday falls in the first Sunday of February. The Bishop gives the awards to the scouts at a Mass at the Cathedral. Mass is at 2pm and scouts should be there by 1pm. Troops should bring their flags and scouts that are not awards recipients for the procession.
These are opportunities to camp, deepen faith, and work on some of the requirements of the religious awards.
For Boy Scouts in the Three Fires Council, your retreat (the Cathoree) is at Camp Big Timber on September 11-13, 2015. For more information, contact Mike Nowak: (847)741-4966 or email@example.com. AHG scouts have also been invited to this retreat.
For Boy Scouts in the Blackhawk Council, your retreat is at Camp Lowden on September 18-20. For more information, contact Cindy Chiodoni: 815-543-8404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Correspondence can be sent to:
Catholic Committee on Scouting
512 Normal Rd
DeKalb IL 60115
Or call Nancy Culver, Catholic Committee secretary at 815-787-7770