Scouting in the Catholic Church

Event Info:

  • July 19-25, 2015
  • Philmont, New Mexico
Participant Category Fee
Conference $530
Spouse $365
Ages 14-20 $305
Ages 6-13 $195
Ages 5 and under $95
NAYLE $385
Mountain Trek $395

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in working in Catholic Scouting to include:

  • Clergy and religious
  • Youth ministers (diocesan and parish)
  • NCCS Regional Chaplains and Chairs
  • Diocesan/Eparchial and council chaplains and chairs
  • Activity chairpersons
  • Members of diocesan/eparchial Catholic committees
  • Religious emblems counselors
  • Facilitators for "National Catholic Leadership Development" course
  • BSA staff advisers


Course Objectives

The 2015 Scouting in the Catholic Church course is scheduled for July 19 to 25, 2015 at the Philmont Training Center located at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. The conference brings together religious and lay participants with varying experience in Scouting and the Catholic faith. The goal of the conference is to help the participants understand how Scouting is youth ministry and how to use the information in their dioceses or eparchies when promoting Catholic Scouting with Scouters, priests, and youth ministers.

The course is structured to explore the four components of lay apostolate formation consisting of leadership, holiness, conversion and worship. In addition, an integral part of this experience is the NCCS' National Catholic Leadership Development for Scouting (NCLD) format of bible readings, reflection, and small-group discussion, which will provide participants with insight as to why a Catholic Scouter is called to the lay apostolate, and how to deliver a NCLD program. The course advisor facilitates the component discussion from a catechism perspective. Presentations and discussions explain how NCCS and Scouting view and fulfill their parts of the component. Discussion, readings, and reflections using the Renewing the Vision booklet help the participants gain knowledge from a youth minister's perspective.

Tentative Weekly Agenda


Day Events
Monday Class
Tuesday Class
Wednesday On Wednesday morning, July 22, 2015, the adult participants of the Scouting in the Catholic Church will meet with the youth participants of the St. George Trek after completing a 100 mile hike through Philmont. This rare combined session will provide both groups with an opportunity to partake in a period of faith reflection.
Thursday Class
Friday Class

You are also encouraged to bring family members and the Philmont Training Center has programs for everyone from young children to spouses. The entire family will enjoy the Philmont experience especially during the evenings from Sunday-Friday and a half day on Wednesday. PTC offers events and activities to keep you as busy as you like, or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Participants and families may attend Mass each evening at the Philmont Catholic chapel with crews starting or ending their mountain treks, Philmont staff, and local residents.

In addition to the knowledge gained and the experiences shared during the week, you will go home certified to facilitate the National Catholic Leadership Development program and have the opportunity to earn the Jerusalem Cross Award for bringing what you learned back to your diocese.

Course Staff
This year‘s staff consists of the following individuals:
Name Description
George Sparks NCCS National Chair-Elect, serving as the Course Director
Fr Michael Hanifin NCCS National Chaplain, serving as the Course Advisor
Deacon Tommy Watts Advisor to the NCCS Chaplain Committee
Roselito De Los Reyes Immediate Past-Chair for the Diocese of Orange, CA
Kathleen Polowski Chair for the Diocese of Phoenix