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Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Scout Youth Religious Award Recognition Event



Catholic Scout Religious Emblems are presented at a Diocese of Brooklyn annual event called a Convocation. Each Scout who has earned a Catholic Faith Religious Emblem by April 15, 2019 is invited to the Convocation to be publically recognized for completing all the requirements for a given award.  Awards are presented before an audience of parents, family members, unit members and clergy and emblem counselors. Retreat/IMGmedal.jpg

Here are the details for the 2019 Convocation:

 Date : Sunday,  May 5th.  2019

 Time: Awards Ceremony - 1:00 - 2:00 PM,  Reception for Awardees and their Guests - 2:00 - 3:00 PM, at Parish Center

 Location: Mary's Nativity Church,  Flushing Queens, N.Y.


 Address: 46-02 Parsons Boulevard (Parsons and Jasmine Ave)

Parking:   On street or in the Church parking lot

Dress:    Awardees and Leaders in Scout Uniform

Other:  Bring Unit and American Flags for Blessing

 Thanks to our host - Rev. Edward M. Kachurka, KCHS, Pastor  Mary's Nativity/ Saint Ann Parish, Queens, N.Y.


Catholic Committee Bi-Monthly Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 28, 2019,  7:00 - 9:00 PM
Our Lady of Hope Rectory
Middle Village Queens, N. Y.  

Fall Catholic Scout Reteat
A Scout is Reverent 
Friday Evening,  October 11 - Noon, Sunday, October 13th. 2019
(Columbus Day Weekend) 
Reeves Conference Center
Alpine Scout Camp, N.J. 
Come as a Unit or Family Group for the Full Weekend or for Saturday Only
All Meals Catered at Cub World Dining Hall 
Pictures below are from last year's retreat in November 2018, More posted in the Retreat Gallery. 



Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio celebrated Mass with the Staff, Leaders and Campers at Ten Mile River Scout Camps on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.   NET TV covered the event and the reporters story and video can be seen on Currents at this link:  https://netny.tv/episodes/currents/strengthening-life-skills-faith-at-boy-scout-camp/   Other photos are posted on the page listed on the toolbar to the left.


 Pope Pius Award Requirements Updated -
New Book now available in electronic download version
 The long-awaited thorough revision of the Pope Pius XII religious emblem program is finally available to the Catholic Scouting community!

The Participant’s Manual (listed as the 2017 Edition) is available using one of the following three methods:

(1) Download from the NCCS Literature Online Order form on the NCCS website (About Us>Order Forms and Literature>NCCS Literature Online Order Link).

Participants can download a copy for $3.00.

(2) Order a hard-copy via the same online form. NCCS will provide a printed copy via mail for $10.00.

(3) Purchase a copy from the BSA Supply Division or official Scout Shops. The availability and cost are not yet determined.

The new Pope Pius XII Facilitator’s Manual (2016 Edition) is available ONLY via the NCCS Literature Online Order form. Downloaded copies are $3.00 and printed copies are $10.00.

Use of the new manuals is highly encouraged. We recognize that some participants may have already started using the 2002 version and they should finish using that version.

It was decided during last week’s NCCS Biennial Conference that all Scouts, Venturers, and Explorers beginning the Pope Pius XII emblem program on or after January 1, 2019,

should use the new manual. No exceptions will be granted.


 Membership in National Catholic Committee on Scouting

 Membership supports the efforts of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting to provide faith-based programs including religious emblems, activity patches, adult, unit and diocesam committee recognition awards; and national training conferences.  In addition to the NCCS quarterly newsletter, The Bridge, you will receive invitations to the annual meeting, to participate on NCCS Standing Committees, and Scouting in the Catholic Church Conference at Philmont Training Center.  The membership term is one year from the date your application and payment is processed.  The cost of membership is only $35.00 per year or $350.00 for a non-refundable Lifetime membership. For more information contact Elizabeth Olivas, NCCS Program Administrator at (972)580-2114. You may register online at the NCCS website.  http://www.nccs-bsa.org/index.php



Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting® has established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to six outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college. The requirements are listed in the Eligibility Requirements section on this page. Applications are due to the NCCS office by March 1 of each year.

Purpose of Scholarship:

To honor Mr. Emmett J. Doerr, who was a dedicated Catholic Scouter and a very active member of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting® (NCCS). He was the first recipient of the Brother Barnabas Founders Award. His other honors include the Silver Antelope, Silver Beaver and the St. George medals. The Doerr family and the NCCS are continuing his legacy by offering this scholarship in his name to six (6) distinguished Catholic Scouts.

Scholarship Awards:

  • Six separate awards of $2000 each.
  • Must be used for the year awarded unless approved by Scholarship Committee.
  • Disbursement from the scholarship fund will be made directly to an accredited institution of higher learning at the beginning of the enrollment period.
  • The scholarship will be used to defray necessary costs of the awardee's tuition, room or board.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a practicing Catholic.
  • Be a full time High-School Senior.
  • Be a registered young man or woman actively involved with a Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, Venturing Crew or Sea Scout Ship.
  • Held or is currently holding a leadership role in his or her unit.
  • Earned the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII Religious Award.
  • Earned the Eagle Scout, Silver Award or Quartermaster Award.
  • Provided service to his or her home parish (Altar Server, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, staffing youth retreats, etc.)
  • Held or is currently holding a leadership role in a school or community organization other than scouting.
  • Submit an application with four (4) letters of recommendations. One letter each must come from a religious institution, Scouting Unit, School, and Community.
  • Submit official high school transcript.
  • Submit an acceptance letter from an accredited institution of higher learning, if selected as a Scholarship recipient.
  • Provide a 3 X 5 picture with application.

Selection Process:

  • Submit application to:

    Boy Scouts of America 
    Attn: NCCS-Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship 
    P.O. Box 152079 
    Irving, TX 75015-2079
  • Only applications postmarked by March 1st will be considered.
  • Applications are reviewed by the NCCS Scholarship Committee and the top 10 are forwarded to the Doerr family for the final selection.
  • The six(6) scholars will be selected no later than May 1st.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than May 15th. Note: Only the winners are notified.
  • A press release will be sent out on June 1st with the names of all the winners.
  • Scholarship recipients must provide a copy of the institution of higher learning's billing information, as soon as possible, so that the award amount can be remitted.
  • All information sent becomes the property of NCCS.
  • All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.

NOTE: Applications can be obtained from NCCS:


Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D, D.D.
7th Bishop of Brooklyn 
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio's Annual Dinner for Scouting
Wednesday Evening, May 8th 2019
El Caribe, Strickland Avenue,  Brooklyn N.Y.
6:00 -7:00 Cocktail Reception
7:00 - 9:00 Awards Reception 
Bishops Good Scout Awardees:
James P. O'Neill,  Commissioner, NYPD
Hon. Bernard J. Graham, Justice Kings County Supreme Court
Hon. Robert J. Miller, Associate Justice, Appellate Division
Christopher Coscia, CEO, Theodore Roosevelt Council, B.S.A.

Lifetime Achievement Award - TBA
Chairman's Award - TBA
Saint George Awards - TBA
Pelican Awards - TBA
 Saint Anne Awards - TBA
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards - TBA
Your support of our Dinner and Tribute Journal benefits the 
Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Committee on Scouting Programs
including our May 5 Youth Religious Emblems Convocation and 
Annual Catholic Scout Retreat Weekend October 11 - 13, 2019


Peace Light from Bethlehem 
USA Welcome Ceremony and Distribution of the Peace Light Flame
Saturday, December 1, 2018
 John F. Kennedy International Airport
Our Lady of the Skies Chapel
Terminal Four, Upper Level
Jamaica, Queens, New York 
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Peacelight - North America

"A Scout is Reverent"
Plan and hold a Scout Sunday in 2019
These are the dates set by National Scouting Organizations for Scout Sundays in 2019
Boy Scouts of America / Scouts BSA - Sunday,  February 10, 2019
Girl Scouts of America - Sunday, March 10, 2019 
Units should plan Scout Sunday Observances in conjunction with their Parish Administrators.
Following Scout Sunday Worship Services/ Masses many units will host Hospitality Hours to thank all those who make it possible for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to be part of the Parish Community.    

 Scouting in the Local Church- Diocesan Catholic Committee Development 

March 5th - 9th, 2019. Florida Sea Base, Florida Keys, FL.



Spend a five days at Florida Seabase this Conference which will include the Theology of the Church, Where Catholic Committees fit in as a ministry, and how to organize a successful Diocesan Catholic Committee.    Registration Fee - Option 1 - $400 participant including lodging with bedding and towels, meals, snacks, meeting facilities and course materials.   Option 2 - without lodging is $200 per participant. 


More information available at :  Kathy Polowski,  480-244-6806.


 April 25 - 28,  2019

Tulsa, OK   74146 


International Awareness Recognition


The International Catholic Conference of Scouting provides an opportunity for its members to meet together as friends in the Catholic Church. It links the Catholic Church and the Scouting Movement all over the world. It contributes to the complete education of young people through Scouting from the perspective of the Catholic faith. It develops and enhances the spiritual dimension of Scouting in the World Scout Movement.

The Pope appoints priests to work with the International Catholic Conference of Scouting as ecclesiastical assistants (chaplains). This recognition activity is an ongoing special project of the International Committee of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (USA). Proceeds will further the work of the International Catholic Conference of Scouting and help enable representation by NCCS chaplains at ICCS meetings and NCCS chaplain support at international scouting events.


All youth and adults—Scouts or non-Scouts, Catholic or non-Catholic, male or female—are welcome to participate in the Religious Activity Programs promoted by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. These activities include the Rosary Series, the Footsteps of American Saints, the International Catholic Awareness Award, and the Good Turn Project. The activities may be used by families, schools, or any Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Cub Scout, American Heritage Girl, Campfire or Venturer.

Activity Requirements

The youth and adults must perform the requirements for their grade level to complete this activity. Click on the program link above related to the grade level of the youth to see the detailed requirements. For a printable flier click here.

Completion of the Activity

After completing the requirements, a parent or scout leader will complete the NCCS Order Form and mail it along with the applicable fee to the NCCS. The answers to the questions do not need to be forwarded when ordering the patch.


The Pins, Medallions, and Patches are to be presented to those who earned them and can be presented in a formal Awards Mass, Scout meeting, by family members, etc. The key is to make the presentation special, so the youth understand why they have earned this patch. Also, the presentation should be done in a timely manner so the youth is recognized shortly after completing the activity.

Ordering of Recognition:

Please submit your orders using the Online NCCS Order Form.

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