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ACCS Presents 9 Day Italy Pilgrimage

Venice - Padua - Florence - Siena - Assisi - Rome - Papal Audience

July 2-10, 2016     $3,490 per person from Houston

This 2016 Pilgrimage to Italy sponsored by the ACCS-Galveston-Houston is open to Boy Scouts and Venturers who have earned their Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII emblem prior to May 2016. Scouts should be 14 years of age or older. Parents and adult scouters (18 and over) are eligible if registered in Scouting and Virtus trained.

Click here for a flyer, and here for a registration form.

For more information contact John Osborn at 281-703-0704 or via email: josbornaeci@earthlink.net


Adult Recognition Brunch

The annual Adult Recognition Brunch will be held on Saturday April 23, 2016 at Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Community, 26777 Glen Loch Dr, The Woodlands, in the Parish Hall.

Registration and check-in begins at 9:30 AM; brunch begins at 10:00 AM. Please join us as we congratulate those adults receiving adult recognitions from the Archdiocese's Catholic Youth Organizations (ACCS and NFCYM).

Click here to submit your registration online (the registration deadline is April 18).

Congratulations to this year's honorees:


Scroll of Honor:
Margaret Biagiotti
Leanne Bills
Dennis Coburn
Robert Courtemache
Dinah Cowen
Joel Docog
Rita Droubi
Erica Gillette
Efrain Guerrero
Irene Kuchta
Vince Mattes
David Mitchell
Lloyd Morvant
Louis Nguyen
Angie Ocon
Gilbert Saldivar
Rev. Christopher Shackelford
Blake Willis

Bronze Pelican:
Henry Avila
Robert Spangle
Patrick Weisbrod Sr
 
George West
 

St. George:
Indra Arulraj
Scott Dick
Kim Groce
Nick Lopez
Robert Zetelski
 

Lay Apostolate Formation / Emblems Training

Lay Apostolate Formation (recommended for all Scouters and the first step toward qualifying to become a counselor for the Catholic religious emblems) will be held on the following dates (click here to pre-register):

  • October 8th, 2016 at Bovay Scout Ranch (in conjunction with the annual Boy Scout Retreat).

The Lay Apostolate Formation committee is asking each Catholic chartered unit to host a Lay Apostolate Formation retreat for all adults in the unit, as well as all adults in the home parish. Contact Bruce Davis for more information.

Emblems Training (the second step toward qualifying to become a counselor for the Catholic religious emblems) will be held on the following dates (click here to pre-register):

  • March 19th, 2016 at St. Vincent de Paul (Houston), in the Msgr. Jamail Family Center Room 206.

Participants need to bring the following (available from the Scout Shop):

  • Light of Christ Workbook
  • Parvuli Dei Workbook
  • Ad Altare Dei Manual
  • Ad Altare Dei Counselor's Guide
  • Pope Pius XII Manual
  • Pope Pius XII Counselor's Guide

ACCS News



January 11, 2016

If this is your first time visiting this site, we would like to welcome you.

"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." Click here to see how you can help the Master of the harvest. Then, click here to fill out an online membership form!

St. George, Patron Saint of Scouting Many know that Lord Robert Baden-Powell made St. George the Patron Saint of the Scouting Movement, and that the St. George emblem is awarded by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (acting through local dioceses) to adult Scouters who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youths through Scouting. If you've ever wondered why Baden-Powell made St. George the Patron Saint of Scouting, find out here and/or here!

If your parish or unit is looking for a special way to recognize Scouts who have completed all four Catholic religious emblems (Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei, and Pope Pius XII), two options are now available! The Archdiocese of Los Angeles offers the Chi Rho patch and the Diocese of Colorado Springs offers the Pillars of Faith - Duty to God pin (for which the Diocese of Nashville offers customizable card template and certificate template documents).

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has established the Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Distinguished Scout Scholarship to be awarded to three outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts in a BSA program and continuing their education in college. For more information, click here.

Did you know... there has been an active Catholic Scouting forum (for the discussion of programs and issues relating to the Church in Scouting and Scouting in the Church) since November 2003? Do you participate? If not, click here for more information - and to subscribe!

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has instituted the Good Turn Service Project to recognize Catholic-chartered units for their service to the charter organization. Any Boy Scouts of America unit chartered by a Catholic organization (church, Knights of Columbus, CYO, etc.) may participate in the program.

If you have not seen it, read the USCCB publication Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. The framework includes Scouting as Catholic Youth Ministry. Helpful when working with Youth Ministers who do not see Scouting as Youth Ministry!

Frank Parater, one of the first Eagle Scouts in Virginia (1915) may become the first Scout to be canonized. Pray for his cause! You can read more here.

Eagle Scout Certificate Certificates from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting recognizing Catholic Scouts who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout are available for $3. Contact Melvin Hart for details, or fill out an online certificate request form.

Turn around time is one week.

NCCS Quality Diocese
The Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is proud to have earned the National Quality Diocesan Committee award for 2014. We are one of the few dioceses in the nation that has earned this award every year it has been offered, beginning in 2002!

Check out the updated page of BSA units chartered to Catholic organizations in the Archdiocese. Well over 170 units are now listed!

Also check out the Pope Paul VI Unit Award page for a brief history of this award (and contact the webmaster if you have anything to add).

Finally, check out the pages of St. George Emblem recipients and Bronze Pelican Emblem recipients! Note: We would like to similarly recognize all our Scroll of Honor recipients and Bishop Morkovsky Award recipients. If you are (or know) a recipient of this award, please contact the webmaster and let him know when you received your award!




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