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Scouting in the Catholic Church - 2014 Information

Philmont Training Center- August 3 - 9, 2014

Course Objectives
The 2014 Scouting in the Catholic Church course is scheduled for August 39, 2014. 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 talking with Scouters, priests, and youth ministers.

The course is structured to explore four components (leadership, holiness, conversion, worship) of lay apostolate formation, one each day of the course. The NCCS' National Catholic Leadership Development (NCLD) format of bible readings, reflection, and small-group discussion gives the participants 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

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

Class is in session Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you would like to bring family members, Philmont has programs for everyone from infants to spouses so you can concentrate on your class experience. But you also have a chance to experience Philmont during the evenings Sunday-Friday and all day Wednesday. PTC offers events and activities to keep you as busy as you like, or you can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

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:
  • Ed Martin, National Chair, serving as the Course Director
  • Brother Ross Chamberland, Training Committee Advisor, serving as the Course Advisor
  • George Sparks, National Chair-elect
  • Kathleen Polowski, Chair for the diocese of Phoenix
  • Jim Weiskircher, Region 14 Chair
  • Jim Cordek, a past National Vice Chair and past Region 6 Chair

Message from Course Director Ed Martin.

Who Should Attend
  • 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
  • Anyone interested in working in Catholic Scouting


Your fee covers all meals and lodging (beginning with supper on Sunday and ending with breakfast Saturday), training materials, and family programs. Optional programs such as bus tours, handicraft supplies, and Cimarron museum visits may be available at a nominal additional cost.

Participant catagory Fee
Conference $515
Spouse $365
Ages 14-20 $305
Ages 6-13 $195
Age 5 and under $95
NAYLE $385
Mountain Trek $395

Go to to register.

More information about the Philmont Training Center is available on the PTC web page.

Contact the NCCS Program Assistant for information on scholarships(based on need) and to answer any other questions:

National Catholic Committee on Scouting®
1325 W. Walnut Hill Ln.
Irving, TX 75015-2079