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.
For more information contact John Osborn at 281-703-0704 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scout Sunday awards ceremony will be Sunday, February 7, 2016 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. 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) by 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.
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):
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.
Participants need to bring the following (available from the Scout Shop):
|ACCS News||January 11, 2016|
If this is your first time visiting this site, we would like to welcome you.
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.
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.
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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