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Diocese’s Catholic Committee on Scouting to offer ‘Mary, the First Disciple’ Class

the Inland Register

(From the February 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

The Diocese of Spokane’s Committee for Catholic Scouting (DCCS) will be offering its first class for Catholic Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members in April.

One of the goals of the DCCS is to offer opportunities for Catholic Scouts to gather and work on their Catholic awards. The Catholic awards designed for older Scouts, both the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts, can be worked on individually, but a group setting is more desirable to allow the Scouts time to reflect and discuss the topics of each chapter.

The Marian Medal program is for young Catholics, grades 7-12, to enable them to “proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” This is accomplished by actively involving the participants in an understanding of Mary as a model of openness and spirituality – a woman of the church. Through various projects, discussions, and liturgical celebrations over a period of months, the participants are provided with a unique opportunity to develop new insights into their personalities, friends, parents, and the world around them.

The classes will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane, beginning April 18, and continuing on May 9 and May 23 and June 6 and 20 in the parish church’s gathering space.

All sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by noon.

Girl Scouts and Camp Fire students in grades 7-12 are invited to work on this award. Scouts interested in this award can call Deacon Dan Glatt at Our Lady of Fatima, 747-7213, or email dccs@dioceseofspokane.org for more information or to register.

The cost of the class is $25, which will include the workbook and the award of Mary, the First Disciple. Scouts can purchase just the workbook for $10. No Scout will be turned away because of finances.

Other awards available for Girl Scouts and Camp Fire include:

  • 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, and other Catholic youth organizations.

  • I Live My Faith is designed to help Girl Scouts and Camp Fire members, grades 4-6, appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupies in their daily lives. The program is structured on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, examining such themes as belief, sacraments, Catholic Christian living, and prayer. Each theme provides a variety of opportunities for young people to explore the Catholic faith, including art, technology, research, drama, and prayer.

  • The Spirit Alive is designed for Catholic youth in high school who are in the senior level of Girl Scouts or Horizon Club members of Camp Fire. It assists them in discovering how the Holy Spirit moves in their lives, calling them to greater participation in the church’s ministry.

    All workbooks for the Catholic Girl Scouts and Camp Fire are available through the DCCS.

    February is also when the Boy Scouts celebrate the 12th point of the Scout Law, “A Scout is Reverent,” with the celebration of Scout Sunday. This is also a good time to thank all parishes and Knights of Columbus Councils that are Charter Sponsors of Cub Scout and Boy Scout units throughout the Diocese of Spokane.

    The DCCS encourages chartering partners to visit the Scouting units and continue to develop a wonderful partnership with the Scouts. For information about starting a Scouting unit in a parish, contact Deacon Dan Glatt.

    Catholic religious award workbooks for Catholic Boy Scouts can be purchased at the local Scout shops.

    The following awards are available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venture Crew members:

  • 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 will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend. Light of Christ is designed for 6-7-year-old Cub Scouts.

  • The Parvuli Dei emblem helps young boys explore a wide range of activities in order to discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their families and parishes, and also to develop a good, positive self-image through the contributions they can make to the group or community. Parvuli Dei is designed for 8-10- year-old Cub Scouts.

  • The Ad Altare Dei program helps Catholic Youth of the Roman Rite to develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community. The program is organized in chapters based on the seven sacraments, which are a primary means toward spiritual growth. Ad Altare Dei is designed for any registered youth in a Troop or Crew.

  • Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program. The program deals with different life choices (single, married, Religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God. It includes youth-led discussions on current issues facing the church and society. The Pope Pius XII award is designed for any registered youth in a Troop or Crew.

    For more information, or to participate in the Diocese of Spokane’s Committee for Catholic Scouting, email Deacon Dan Glatt or Bob Smee: dccs@dioceseofspokane.org


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