Archdiocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
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Scout Sunday

The Scout Sunday awards ceremony has been moved to Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Strake Jesuit, 8900 Bellaire Blvd, Houston (not quite 1 mile east of the West Sam Houston Tollway), beginning at 2:00 PM in the Parsley Center. The original Saturday date was an attempt to accommodate the Cardinalís schedule. Refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony. Click here for a printable PDF map.

Scouts are asked to arrive in full uniform at the Parsley Center (click here for an aerial photograph of the campus with key buildings labeled) at 1:00 PM -- with a neckerchief slide! Merit Badge sashes may be worn. Since this event is not an Order of the Arrow Ceremony, OA sashes are not to be worn.

Enter from Bellaire Blvd for parking in the Student Parking Lot. Parking in the Gessner Driveway is reserved for handicapped only. You may drop off participants but not park in this area.

The doors will be closed at 1:25 PM; any Scout arriving after that time will receive his award after the conclusion of the ceremony.


AAD/PPXII Board of Review

The AAD/PPXII Board of Review is moved to Saturday January 17, 2015 beginning at 8 am at St. Jerome Catholic Church at 8825 Kempwood Drive Houston, TX. We apologize for any inconvenience but due to the desired locations being unavailable the Board of Review has been rescheduled. Note that this will not be an overnight lock-in!

The fee for this event is $35 per Scout (to cover the cost of the emblem, neckerchief, and photo they will receive on Scout Sunday). Parents pins can be ordered/purchased separately for $4 each. This fee will be due at the Board of Review for each participant.

Registration may be submitted by filling out the Online Board of Review Registration Form prior to December 31, 2014.

Contact Nick Lopez or Bernard Groce if you have any further questions -- or if it's after December 31 and you still need to register.


Award Nominations Due December 31st.

Do you have an exemplary Catholic Scout in your unit who is at least 14 years old and who has served at the unit, parish, and Archdiocesan Catholic Committee level? If so, he may be eligible for the Bishop Morkovsky Award.

Do you have an adult (nominees MUST be 21 years of age or older) Scouter in your unit who consistently promotes the Religious Emblems program and other Catholic Scouting activities, or who has performed similarly meritorious service at the unit/parish/archdiocesan level? If he/she has been involved in Catholic Scouting for at least three years, consider nominating him/her for the Scroll of Honor.

Has this Scouter actively contributed to Catholic Scouting for at least five years? If so, he/she may be eligible for the Bronze Pelican Award.

Or perhaps this Scouter has shown sustained dedication to Catholic Scouting for seven years or more... if so he/she may be eligible to receive the St. George Award (scroll to the bottom of that page for a link to the nomination form).

While you're at it, don't forget to apply for any unit awards your unit may be eligible for... such as the Pope Paul VI Unit Award or the Bishop's Trophy!

All nominations for the Bishop Morkovsky Award, Scroll of Honor, Bronze Pelican Award, and St. George Award should be addressed to: Bernard Groce, 15719 Castorglen Dr, Webster, TX 77598-2536

All nominations for the Pope Paul VI Unit Award, and the Bishop's Trophy should be addressed to:
Melvin Hart, 8618 Sonneville, Houston, TX 77080

Units: To order the PPVI ribbon, patch, certificate, and year rockers, please fill out and attach to your application a copy of the NCCS Patch Order Form (make checks payable to ACCS and send to Mel Hart).


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):

  • February 28th, 2015 at St. Vincent de Paul (Houston) in the Scout House.
  • October 10th, 2015 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):

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



March 12, 2014

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 2011. 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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