Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting hosting regional Scout retreat next month

by Deacon Dan Glatt, for the Inland Register

(From the August 15, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

The Diocesan Committee for Catholic Scouting (DCCS) is a volunteer committee that promotes Catholic Scouting within the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and American Heritage Girls organizations. One goal of the DCCS is include representation from all the Scouting organizations.

The Committee also encourages the establishment of Scouting units throughout the Diocese of Spokane, building relationships with three Boy Scout Councils, one Girl Scout Council, two Camp Fire Councils, and the development of American Heritage Girls Troops (AHG).

We continue the search for new DCCS members and for associate members who would like to work on subcommittees for special events once or twice a year.

The Spokane Diocese’s DCCS is working with the DCCS for the Boise and Yakima dioceses on our first region-wide Catholic Scout Retreat, which will be Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15.

Scouts from Eastern Washington and Idaho are invited to join us at Camp Lutherhaven for “Tenting with the Blessed Mother.” This will be open to all Scout levels to begin working on their Catholic Religious Awards. Please email the DCCS for a flyer. If you are interested. please contact Committee Chair Bob Smee or me at: dccs@dioceseofspokane.org

Donations to help with awards, educational material, patches, and retreats can be sent directly to the Diocese of Spokane, Fiscal Services, P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210. Please make checks payable to Diocese of Spokane and in the memo please write “DCCS.” All donations are tax deductible. Your donations will insure that all Scouts will have the materials to earn their awards and the award that they have earned regardless of the ability to pay for the materials.

Over the next couple of issues of the Inland Register, the DCCS will introduce the Catholic Religious Awards that are available for our Catholic Scouts. This month’s awards can be earned by beginning Scouts in early elementary school. These awards encourage the parents to participate and work with the Scouts to complete the award.

The Family of God is the official religious recognition program of the Catholic Church for children in grades 2-3 who are enrolled in the Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, American Heritage Girls, and other Catholic youth organizations.

Family of God is a bilingual activity series developed to compliment the catechetical efforts of the parish and families with children in the second and third grades. The program helps children discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish. The overall goal of Family of God is to learn that the young Scouts are a member of a family and are special and that God is part of that family which makes the scout a member God’s family.

The Cub Scout award, Light of Christ, helps a Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents’ active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub Scout will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend. This Cub Scout award encourages the support of the parents as the primary catechists of their children.

The goals of the Light of Christ are: to have the Scout identify Jesus as a real person and as his friend; to foster early family religious involvement; to be a stepping-stone toward Parvuli Dei and the other religious emblems, when the parents are involved; and to serve as a catalyst to draw the parents into a deeper involvement with the church, through the child.

The Boy Scout Religious Award books are available at the local Boy Scout Service Centers or by contacting the DCCS. The Girls Scout/Camp Fire/American Heritage Girls workbooks can be ordered directly through the DCCS. You can learn more about the Catholic Scouting Award through the National Catholic Girls Scout and Camp Fire Committee at www.nccgscf.org and for the Boy Scouts at www.nccs-bsa.org

(Deacon Glatt is chaplain of the DCCS and youth minister at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane.)


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