Religious Emblems Coordinator
Don't forget to recognize the adults for their outstanding contributions to the development of your Catholic Youth Ministry. There are several recognitions available. In addition, there are a couple of funds available that directly assist the clergy and international scouting. The Adult Leaders are entitled to wear the BSA Adult Religious Knot if they receive the St. George recognition.
The Bronze Pelican is an award presented by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to registered Scouters who have given unselfish service to Catholic Scouting as one of the Church's ministries to youth for a period of three or more years. Selection for this award is based on the nominee's service to Catholic Scouting in the parish, the local region or the entire diocese.
Some examples of unselfish service that may qualify for this award include:
- Serving as a leader for Catholic religious emblems programs in the unit
- Helping Scouts complete Pray the Rosary patches or Footsteps of American Saints patches
- Supporting a Scout's Duty to God by leading or directly supporting other religious activities for Scouts such as vocations events, religious retreats, prayer events for Scouts, etc.
- Advocating for Catholic content in unit, district, and council program planning
Any registered Scouter in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois may submit nominations for the Bronze Pelican Award for someone who is not that person's or other immediate family member. An award selection committee appointed by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting reviews all nominations and recommends adults for this award based on the nominee's service to Catholic Scouting as one of the Church's ministries to youth. The deadline to submit a nomination is December 31.
Download the nomination form here: bronze_pelican_award.pdf
The National Catholic Committee on Scouting, acting through the local diocese may award the St. George emblem to members of the laity and clergy, Scouters and non-Scouters alike, who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth through Scouting.
The St. George Emblem application has a full list of nomination and selection guidelines. The recipients of these awards are selected by previous award winners after nomination from their peers. Deadline to submit nominations is December 31.
Download the nomination form here: st_george_emblem.pdf
The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal is an award presented by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to adult leaders in Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA who have made significant contributions to the spiritual needs of Catholic members in these organizations. This award is intended to recognize notable contributions in Catholic Youth Ministry through the Girl Scout USA and/or Camp Fire USA programs at the local level.
Download the nomination form here: st_elizabeth_ann_seton_medal.pdf
The St. Anne Medal is an award presented by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting to adult leaders in Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA who have contributed to the spiritual development of Catholic members of organizations for girls and to further Catholic adult leadership in youth ministry through these organizations. The St. Anne Medal is the highest award in this field of youth ministry.
Download the nomination form here: st_anne_medal.pdf
Religious Emblems Coordinator
Every unit should have an adult leader designated as the Religious Emblems Coordinator (REC). This person should be a liaison between the unit and the Catholic Committee on Scouting and help promote Duty to God within the unit. For Girl Scout and Campfire USA, these awards are called Recognitions, so terminology should be adjusted accordingly.
RECs should also actively seek and invite adults to be counselors/facilitators/mentors for the various religious awards. Use position code REU when registering an adult with BSA so this person's name and contact information is searchable by your local BSA council.
Resources for the Religious Emblems Coordinator are available from the BSA National website at https://www.scouting.org/awards/religious-awards/
Religious Knots and Devices
When a religious award is given to a Scout, the religious knot may be worn by itself on the uniform or with one of the devices to indicate the program phase where the award was earned. If a Scout earns a subsequent award represented by the same knot, the Scout should wear a device for each program phase where the knot was earned (you do not wear multiple issues of the same knot). Scouts who earn a sequence of religious emblems would wear ONE universal religious emblem knot and up to four devices, as described below.
- Light of Christ Emblem ~ Cub Scout device #604950
- Parvuli Dei Emblem ~ Webelos Scout device #932
- Ad Altare Dei Emblem ~ Scout device #927
- Pope Pius XII Emblem ~ Venturing device #4101
Supply Item Description & Uniform Placement
Silver knot on purple background, for wear above left uniform pocket, purple border for youth and adults who earned a religious emblem while a youth member; devices available to denote the program for which the awards was earned (see below); purple knot on silver background, for adults, worn above left uniform pocket; adults may wear both knots if they have satisfied the criteria.
Where to Purchase Devices
The religious emblem is available for purchase through the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. Go to the link for the religious awards order form on the main page.
The religious knot and devices should be stocked by your local Scout Shop or council trading post, along with all other advancement items. Items can also be found at http://www.scoutshop.org
Duties of the Religious Emblems Counselor
One of the goals of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting is to have as many young people as possible complete a religious emblem or recognition program each year. To aid in achieving this goal, the Committee is dedicated to recruiting and training Religious Emblems Counselors for each parish that uses Scouting programs in their youth ministry efforts.
The Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA/Campfire USA each has a variety of religious awards programs designed for different age groups. For ease in understanding, the term "Scouts" will be used to identify all groups of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Campfire USA participants. Likewise, the BSA religious awards are properly referred to as "emblems" whereas Girl Scouts/Campfire USA program refer to awards as "recognitions." For the purposes of the Religious Emblems Counselor, the term "emblem" will be used to describe both "emblem" and "recognition."
Also, within the Religious Emblems/Recognitions programs, different titles which describe different functions are used. For example, those persons who will present the Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei programs are "Coordinators," the Ad Altare Dei as "Counselors," and the Pope Pius XII as "Facilitators." For Girl Scouts and Campfire USA programs, the official term is "Religious Recognition Moderator." For ease in understanding in this document and the work of the Catholic Committee on Scouting, all of these titles will be referred to collectively as "Counselors" unless it is necessary to distinguish a role.
Religious Emblems Counselor Responsibilities
A basic summary of the role of a Religious Emblems Counselor is that the perspective Counselor should approach the role from the point of view that he or she will be a youth minister of the Catholic Church. Counselors also serve as a contact for the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and as a liaison for youth and their families in all aspects of the Religious Emblems program. Counselors are trained and certified by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Other specific duties of Religious Emblems Counselors include:
- promoting the emblems programs locally;
- Aiding parents and scouts to find and obtain correct information about the respective programs available;
- Serving as a resource for families to prepare, support, and follow through on their Scout's program progress;
- Acting as a liaison with parish pastor in setting up the necessary review meetings;
- Aiding parents in completing application and order forms;
- Developing and carrying out an appropriate recognition ceremony for the presentation of the religious emblems (note that the emblems for older Scouts are typically presented at a diocesan ceremony that is planned by the Catholic Committee on Scouting);
- Completing the evaluation forms and forwarding all feedback to the Catholic Committee on Scouting