Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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New leadership named for diocese’s Catholic Committee on Scouting
the Inland Register
(From the October 18, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
Bishop Blase Cupich has appointed Deacon Dan Glatt Chairman/Chaplain of the Diocesan Committee on Catholic Scouting.
One of his first duties is to begin forming a committee as outlined by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS), which is a church committee of concerned Catholic laity and clergy who see as their mission the constructive use of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) program as a viable form of ministry with the Catholic youth of the diocese.
The committee is advisory to the Inland Northwest Council, the Blue Mountain Council, and the Grand Columbia Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, which serve the territory of the Diocese of Spokane. The Catholic Committee on Scouting seeks to sustain and strengthen the relationship between the Boy Scouts of America and the Catholic Diocese of Spokane.
The committee will be made up of 10-12 members who have a desire to develop ways in which to promote Catholic Scouting in the Diocese of Spokane. Ten years ago, there were 22 parishes with Scouting programs; today there are only five.
The other major area that the committee will be focused on is to promote the Catholic Religious Emblems Awards: Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei for Cub Scouts, and the Ad Altare Dei and the Pope Pius XII Awards for Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members.
Each committee member will be appointed by Bishop Cupich and will be asked to serve a renewable three-year term. Previous background in Scouting is not required, but would be very helpful.
Those interested in being part of the committee should contact Deacon Glatt via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or by phone at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane: (509) 747-7213.
More information about the NCCS is available on their web site: http://nccs-bsa.org/.
According to Deacon Glatt, Scouting can be a valuable resource for a parish. Parishes interested in starting a Scouting Cub Scout Pack, a Boy Scout Troop, or a Venturing Crew should contact Deacon Glatt, who will help make contact with Council representatives. The BSA provides extensive training for all adult leaders and some of the best resource materials to teach youth life-long skills and activities.
Venturing Crews can be male or female or co-ed crews and may be very new to many parishioners, but they do have the potential to be a great addition to ministering to the youth of the parishes.
(Venerable Eagle Scout Frank Parater, pray for all Scouters. More on Frank Parater in a future Inland Register.)