Catholic Committee on Scouting - Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Cub Scout Religious Emblems
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Light of Christ Religious Emblem   Light of Christ RE Book                                      Parvuli Dei Religious Emblem  Parvuli Dei RE Book
Both of these books have been translated in recent years into Spanish for your Hispanic families. The Light of Christ is available for all Catholic Tiger or Wolf Cubs. All requirements must be completed prior to entry into third grade. The Parvuli Dei Religious Emblem is available for all Catholic Bear and Webelos Scouts in third grade and above. Requirements must be completed prior to entry into Boy Scouts.

These emblems may be earned and presented at any time during the year. Books for the Light of
Christ Emblem and the Parvuli Dei Emblem may be purchased at your local SCOUT SHOP or from
the Catholic Scouting Office. (516) 678-5800, ext. 245. Order forms, at the end of each book, can be sent by regular by mail with the appropriate amount to:

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Catholic Scouting Office
P.O. Box 9023
Rockville Centre, NY  11571-9023
Attn: Austin Cannon, Coordinator
                                                                    Telephone: (
516) 678-5800 x 245

Cub Scout Religious Emblem Parent Guides - Light of Christ
- Parvuli Dei
Boy Scout Religious Emblem

      Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem   Ad Altare Dei RE Book                                                                           Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem  Pope Pius XII RE Book

Click here for Pre-Registration Form
for AAD Emblem
Click here for Pre-Registration Form
for PPXII Emblem
Scouts planning to receive the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII Religious Emblems at the 2015 Boy Scout Convocation should begin their work as soon as possible for completion by April 30, 2015.  As soon as possible have the Scouts fill out the appropriate Pre-Registration Form.  These electronic forms will be sent to Diocesan Catholic Committee and Austin Cannon. At the completion of the program, books are to be sent to Austin Cannon at the Scouting Office.  Scouts must make every attempt to present themselves at the Board of Review that is normally scheduled for mid-May of each year.  Please contact any member of the Catholic Committee on Scouting in  each Council for advice and support.

Candidates for the Ad Altare Dei Emblem MUST HAVE COMPLETED the SIXTH grade and be active in their troop for six months before beginning this program.  Female members of a Venturing Crew may also earn the Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem.  The Religious Emblem may be earned up to the Scout or Venturer's 18th birthay.

Candidates for the Pope Pius XII Emblem MUST HAVE BEGUN NINTH grade to begin work on the program. Female members of a Venture Crew may earn the Pope Pius XII Emblem.  This Religious Emblem may be earned up to a Boy Scout's 18th birthday or a Venture Crew Member's 21st birthday.

Fact Sheet for both Emblem is available here.
Fact Sheet for Ad Altare Dei Catholic Boy Scout Religious Emblem is available here.
Fact Sheet for Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem is here.

Religious Emblems - Scouts with Disabilities

All Catholic Scouts are encouraged to participate in the Religious Emblem programs of the Catholic Committee on Scouting.  Learning about God and self is the prime purpose of these programs.  In a case where a youth finds it difficult to complete certain requirements, alternate methods and requirements are available.  Please call the Catholic Scouting Office for information.
Boy Scout Religious Emblem Training
The Diocese of Rockville Centre requires that Ad Altare Dei Counselors and Pope Pius XII Facilitators be trained by the Catholic Committee.  Training will be offered throughout the year by each local area council CCOS committee.  Please contact the Catholic Scouting Office to register or for other dates with Austin Cannon at the Diocesean Scouting Office.  Also check CCOS Main Page ( for upcoming trainings.
International Catholic Awareness
This activity is being offered by the International Catholic Conference of Scouting (ICCS) in recognitions of being demonstrated awareness of Scouting in the Catholic Church throughout the world.  For details please visit the National Catholic Committee on Scouting's Webpage for the details:
Eagle Scout Letter
The Most Rev. William F. Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre, is pleased to send a letter of congratulations to all Catholic Scouts upon their reception of Eagle Scout Rank. The Catholic Committee also presents a certificate and special patch to Eagle recipients. Court of Honor Chairs are asked to send a letter indicating the scout’s name, unit number, presentation date, location and parish of the recipient to:

Catholic Scouting Office
P.O. Box 9023
Rockville Centre, NY  11571-9023
Attn: Austin Cannon

or Please send requests at least four weeks in advance.

Membership in your local Catholic
Committee on Scouting
Would you like to join the Catholic Committee on Scouting?

Click here for a copy of our application or please contact the Diocese at 516-678-5800 x 245
directly.   Following NCCS-BSA's guidelines, committee members and religious emblem counselors must be VIRTUS trained, be a member of a Scouting unit and have Youth Protection Training.  The application requires your pastor's (or designee's) signature.

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