The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting
Catholic Events and Religious Emblems for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Venture Scouts
The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting* supplements the program of the Boy Scouts of America, with special instructions and activities, in the spiritual phase of Scouting as it relates to Catholics. The committee accomplishes this through various events and by overseeing the religious award program for boy scouts, cub scouts, venture scouts, and other partners. The committee endeavors to make the entire Scouting program available to increasing numbers of youth in parish units and in units operated by Catholic organizations. The purpose of the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting is to give guidance, vitality, and leadership in the spiritual phase of Scouting to all Catholic scouts and scouters of the diocese.
Recent DDCCS Events Include:
- Boy Scout Religious Retreat
- Cub Scout Retreat
- Youth Religious Emblem Recognition Ceremony
- Religious Emblems Counselor Training
- Adult Recognition Program/Dinner
Catholic Religious Emblems Available through the Boy Scouts of America include:
- Light of Christ (6-7 years old Cub Scouts)
- Parvuli Dei (8-10 years old Cub Scouts)
- Ad Altare Dei (Any youth of the Roman Catholic Faith who is registered in a BSA Troop or Crew)
- Pope Pius XII (For Venturing Crew Members and Boy Scouts 15 years old and older)
- Light is Life (12-13 years old Boy Scouts in the Eastern Rite - in lieu of Ad Altare Dei)
To learn more about DDCCS or religious emblems, visit the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting website at:
*The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee on Scouting (DDCCS) is a non-diocesan/ non-parish based organization registered with the Diocese of Dallas and reviewed for annual NPBO compliance. This listing does not imply endorsement by the Diocese of Dallas or knowledge of DDCCS's activities. Individual BSA troops are chartered with diocesan entities as PBO's. (See NPBO policy for more information)
Catholic religious learning and recognition programs available for various scouting and kid-based groups
National Religious Recognition Program & Awards
These Catholic religious recognition programs are made available under the auspices of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and allow young people to explore and become more involved in their Catholic faith. Recent recipients of these awards were active in the following groups: American Heritage Girls, Jr. Catholic Daughters, Little Flowers, Girl Scouts, and religious education classes*.
NFCYM National Award Medal Programs Include:
- God is Love (For Grades K-1)
- Family of God (For Grades 2-3)
- I Live My Faith (For Grades 4-5)
- Mary, the First Disciple (For Grades 6-8)
- The Spirit Alive (For Grades 9-10)
- Missio (For Grades 11-12)
For award medal pricing see cost in the online store (Step 2 below). The NFCYM site price does not reflect shipping & handling costs.
(*The Diocese of Dallas does not endorse or have knowledge of the activities of NPBO scouting groups or the NFCYM).
Purchase Leader and Participant Guides
All programs are designed to support and complement the catechetical efforts of Catholic parishes and schools.
"Our Catholic Faith" Patch Program
For Girls in Grades 1-12 by NFCYM
The “Our Catholic Faith" Patch Program series is designed for girls in grades 1-12 to foster Catholic identity, encourage youth to learn more about their faith, encourage youth to serve their community, and encourage youth to grow in holiness. This program is provided under the auspices of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry*.
Women in Scripture Patches
The Women in Scripture series focus on individuals who lived lives of courage and faithfulness. These women often fanned the flame of faith in their families and communities and were the backbone of the church and faith since the very beginning of Jesus' ministry. Learn more about these strong faith-filled women.
- Martha and Mary
- Mary Magdalene
- Ruth and Naomi
- St. Elizabeth
Models of Faith Patches
Throughout the long tradition of the Catholic Church, women and men have been inspired by the Holy Spirit to stand up for the faith in the midst of great trials and at deep personal risk. Learn more about these great Models of Faith.
- Gianna Molla
- Mother Teresa
- Pope John XXIII
- Saint Monica
- St. Kateri Tekawitha
- St. Anne
- St. Juan Diego
- Ven Pauline Jaricot
Our Lady of Guadalupe Patch
Learn more about the appearance and miracles of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico almost 500 years ago. Youth will also learn about Our Ladys powerful meaning to people of Mexican heritage and about her love and compassion for the whole world.
Our Lady of Fatima Patch
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, the NCCGSCF presents this patch to help youth learn more about this amazing event!
Locally Created Diocese of Dallas Awards Program
Currently In Legacy Mode
Status of the Diocesan Religious Award Program & The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee for Religious Awards
The Disbanding of the Committee without Leadership Succession:
The Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee for Religious Awards (formerly the Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts, Camp Fire and Junior Daughters of the Diocese of Dallas) historically oversaw the various national Catholic religious award recognition programs and also created and maintained the local Diocesan Program Awards. Their purpose was to promote and offer medals to Catholic girls and adults to increase their Catholic faith. The last members of the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Committee for Religious Awards disbanded without succession of new leadership in 2017.
Awards Remain Available:
The religious recognition program administered by the National Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire (NCCGSCF), under the auspices of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM), only distributes award medals and patches to an authorized purchaser. Therefore, the Diocese of Dallas will continue to make available the national religious awards to scouting troops and groups. However, other functions of the committee will be on hiatus until further notice.
More on the program operations in Legacy Mode:
- The local religious award programs created specifically for the Diocese of Dallas will operate in “legacy mode” and only the current stock of medals will be available for purchase.
- The review of an individual’s completion of any religious award will be vouched by group/troop leaders on the honor system.
- Any award ceremony should be coordinated by group/troop leaders with pastoral leadership at the parish/group/troop level.
- Only the National award medals will be stocked and available in the Diocese of Dallas Religious Awards online store. Patches will not be available.
- Promotion and expansion of the various Catholic religious awards will be through the individual volunteers on the troop/group level. These leaders are to share the successes of their experiences with other local troops/groups.
- Adult awards are no longer available through committee recognition on a Diocese level.
Should a group of individuals have interest in reinstating the activities of the committee, contact the Diocese of Dallas Office of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry.
Last Updated: May 2018
Locally created Diocesan Award Programs were created and last updated in 2001 to specifically highlight the charisms of the Diocese of Dallas. This Diocese of Dallas program is currently in “legacy mode” and is not being further developed or maintained.
The Diocese of Dallas has a limited number of Diocesan award medals available for online purchase to group/troop leaders after they vouch the program has been completed (using the honor system). New medals will not be ordered after the existing stock is depleted. If a medal award is no longer available, group leaders are encouraged to purchase a related religious medal from a Catholic bookstore as a substitution award.
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