For Excellence |
Each year, local diocesan Catholic
committees plan and execute programs, retreats, activities, songs
and crafts that reach out to thousands of Catholic youth across
the nation. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS)
established the "Award for Excellence" to recognize these
Quality Unit Award - Pope Paul VI |
is presented to units that demonstrate that they are providing a
quality program in the following area (adult training and leadership,
service by the unit, religious emblems, religious activities, vocation
awareness, relationships and membership).
This is not an award, but rather a recognition, and
as such there are no set "requirements" to complete. It is to be
used to recognize those for their contribution and support to Catholic
Scouting as a Youth Ministry.
Do you know someone in your unit or church community that should
The NCCS Good Turn Service Project was instituted
by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® Religious Activities
standing committee to recognize Catholic-chartered units for their
service to the charter organization.
Priesthood Sunday is a special day to honor Priesthood
in the United States. It is a call for parishioners to honor Christ
as Priest and the men who were called to be his priests on earth.
It is also a day to honor all religious and to focus on the importance
of vocations. Catholic Scout Packs, Troops and Venture Crews are
encouraged to make a special effort to involve the youth in programs
of making appreciation cards to be presented after Mass on the last
Sunday in October or at an event planned in your parish.
The Boy Scouts of America annually celebrates its
founding on February 8, 1910, based on the program started by Lord
Baden Powell in England on August 1, 1907. Scout Sunday was added
to the Scout celebration in the middle 1940s. Scout Sunday is always
the Sunday preceding February 8th, unless the 8th is a Sunday, in
which case the 8th would be Scout Sunday. The Saturday following
February 8th is Scout Sabbath.
The fastest growing area for traditional BSA programs
is Venturing. The newest Catholic Venturing programs will be formed
for students in Catholic high schools through Serra Clubs under
the auspices of the USA Council of Serra International.
The U.S. Catholic Bishop's have declared the 30th
Sunday in Ordinary Time as World Youth Day in the United States
(not to be confused with the International Celebration of WYD, which
is held every 2-3 years). The National Catholic Committee on Scouting
encourages Scout Leaders to join parishes across the nation in acknowledging
the many gifts of our youth during Sunday liturgies on that weekend.