Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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Region XII Committees for Catholic Scouting gather in Coeur d’Alene
by Deacon Dan Glatt, for the Inland Register
(From the November 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
Diocesan Scouting leaders from throughout the region gathered earlier this month in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. From left are Linda and Bob Beer and Bob Smee (Spokane Diocese); David Nelson and Douglas Withers (Seattle Archdiocese); Ed Martin (NCCS chairman); Mark Sullivan and Sam Richart (Spokane Diocese); and Loren Stach (Yakima Diocese). Not pictured: Deacon Dan Glatt (Spokane Diocese), Deacon Roy Harrington (Seattle Archdiocese), and Father Roger LaChance (Boise Diocese). (IR photo courtesy of Deacon Dan Glatt)
Many people have never heard of the National Committee on Catholic Scouting (NCCS), a subcommittee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) that oversees the activities and promotion of Catholic Boy Scouts in the United States. In turn, the Girl Scouts and Camp Fire are overseen by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM).
In the Diocese of Spokane the Committee for Catholic Scouting (DCCS) is a joint effort to bring Catholic Scouting, especially the Catholic Religious Awards, to all Catholic Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire. The DCCS is also committed to encouraging parishes to establish Catholic Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Venture Crews to further the development of youth throughout the Diocese of Spokane.
In the near future the DCCS hopes to publish and promote a list of parishes with Scouting groups, to encourage Catholic families to take advantage of these programs and see these opportunities as another means of ministering to youth in the diocese.
Scouts can earn four different Catholic Religious Awards: for Cub Scouts, it’s the Light of Christ; for Webelo Scouts, the Parvuli Dei; and Boy Scouts can earn their both the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards.
The Venturing program is a co-ed Scouting opportunity that encourages leadership and high adventure for both male and female Venture Scouts. Participants can earn the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards. All of these work books are available at the local Boy Scout Center. Plans are in the works for an Ad Altare Dei class for 2015.
The Girl Scout and Camp Fire programs through the NFCYM offer the “Family of God” program for second and third graders, “I Live My Faith” for fourth through sixth grades, “Mary, the First Disciple” for students in grades seventh through tenth, and “The Spirit Alive” for high school students. More information about these programs is available by contacting the DCCS. Next year should also see a “Mary, the First Disciple” class.
On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Catholic Committee from Region XII gathered to discuss goals and share ideas on how to further Catholic Scouting in Region XII – Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana. Those attending represented the Archdiocese of Seattle and the dioceses of Yakima, Spokane, and Boise.
The weekend’s presenter was Ed Martin of the NCCS. Martin shared some of his comments that he made at the 2014 Letter to Catholic Scouts: Scouting is still the best youth-serving program available to all youth; the change in the Boy Scouts of America’s youth membership standard is not in conflict with Catholic teaching; this time is an opportunity to demonstrate the Church’s commitment to Catholic Scouting as a safe environment for all youth – an environment in which the Catholic Faith is taught, practiced and nurtured.
(For more information on Catholic Scouting, email Bob Smee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deacon Dan Glatt at email@example.com)
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