Catholic Committee on Scouting
Minsi Trails Council
Eligibility: the Youth
Application/Approval form signed
A registered youth member (male or female) of the Boy
Scouts of America of the Catholic faith.
Has started ninth grade.
Designed for age 16-18 year old, but all registered
Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and
all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18th
birthday) are eligible.
Eligibility: the Counselor
Program Intent form signed and submitted to local CCoS
for approval prior to begining
A registered member of BSA in good standing
Be of the Catholic faith
Completed the Diocesan program
“Protecting God’s Children”
follow links for Protection of Youth and Protecting God’s Children
Completed BSA Youth Protection training
o INTERESTED o KNOWLEDGEABLE
o UNDERSTANDING o COMMUNICATE
o OPEN o SPIRITUAL
o FLEXIBLE AND CREATIVE o SENSITIVE
o LIKABLE o OBSERVANT
o SENSE OF HUMOR
Purpose of the Program
•Help Catholic Scouts and Venturers more fully
develop a Christian way of life within a faith
•The program deals with different life choices (single,
married, religious, ordained), occupations and
ministries in the church as calls from God.
•It includes youth led discussions on current issues
facing the church and society, which are normally
included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of
Ideal group size is 4-12, but the course may be run
with smaller groups.
The program should be run by the candidates
themselves, the adult serves as a facilitator
A number of interviews and an investigation of a
controversial issue facing the church or society are
integral to the program
A retreat experience, ideally centered on the Pius XII
program itself and a ministries service project
(Chapter 5) are required
Examine how being a Christian affects
his or her daily life in the real world.
Be challenged to evaluate his or her personal talents
and abilities in light of a possible choice of life state,
occupation and ministry.
Be challenged to discover how these life states,
occupations and ministries help him or her become
more active in the Catholic Christian faith community.
Have an opportunity to share his or her faith and
practice his or her religion among peers, while
receiving guidance and feedback attuned to the
ideals of Scouting.
It is suggested that the group meet for nine to twelve sessions.
As the youth are older, two hour sessions seem to work well,
and flexibility is often required in scheduling sessions and
Complete requirements for all units in
Pope Pius XII Religious Emblem Scout Manual
Pass a Pope Pius XII Board of Review
Pope Pius XII Board of Review is made up of former Pope Pius
XII recipients with adult leaders acting in an advisory and
No changes permitted
Additional requirements may not be added
Board of Review
Does he have a better understanding of his Christian commitment?
Has he learned to understand, support, and apply Christian principles
to the problems of our day?
Has he thought about his vocation in life: a vocation to the priesthood,
religious life, marriage, or single life?
How has his relationship with his Church grown?
What is his attitude toward Scouting and the ideals of the program?
How does his relationship between Scouting and the Church compare?
Has the Scout grown in his understanding and living out of his faith?
The religious emblem will be presented
to the Scout at the annual
Youth Recognition Ceremony
Sunday after Mother’s Day in May
The religious knot or device should be presented at a Troop
Court of Honor
Counselor’s role: Delivering the Program
Use the PPXII Facilitator Guide
Act as facilitator, not group leader
Form the group
Help the candidates focus on essential
elements and important issues
Review the chapters prior to meeting
Anticipate questions or stumbling areas
Hold regular meetings & schedule projects
Use of a check-off worksheet helps
keep track of progress
Counselor’s role: Guiding the Youth
Encourage greater participation of Catholic
Scouts/Venturers in the religious programs
of the Church
Promote the Spiritual component of Scouting within
the parish and unit. (A Scout is Reverent)
Help create an atmosphere conducive to the
development of religious vocations.
Provide guidance and assistance to non-Catholic
members of the unit and in neighboring units, urging
them to participate in the religious program of their
Youth’s Roles and Responsibilities:
As an older Scout/Venturer, the candidate is expected to
actively share in group discussions and complete all
interviews and activities.
Attend regular meetings.
Make the program a priority
Be prepared to share experiences at BOR
Attend Catholic Scout Retreat
Support the Religious Emblems Counselor in his/her role
Support and encourage their youth’s participation in the
Make the program a priority
First chapter is directed toward building group trust
Chapters 2 thru 5 use a combination of lived experiences and
guided discoveries to examine various calls.
Chapter 6 starts with a guided discovery
Chapter 7 is strictly an application exercise.
Chapter 1 – "In the beginning":
To examine the individual’s I have chosen to
associate with, and to explain the implications of
Create a group environment for sharing
Examine how relationships of respect, trust, and
friendship come into play in everything
Open (or reopen) trusting relationship with the
Remember your task is to facilitate not lead or
Chapter 1 – "In the beginning“ (Cont’d):
Ice Breaker needed for first session to build trust
among PPXII group
Rules for discussions:
Any and all views are valid – no ridiculing
Treat each other with respect
You will need to start the first exercise with
explaining your choices
Chapter 2 – "God and You" :
To explore what it means to be called by God
through the Sacraments of Initiation, and how these
calls continue to affect my life
How do we as individuals discern God’s calls
Break to discover the ‘who, how, where, when, and
why’ of God communicating in the Bible – use
‘Facilitators Guide’ Appendix B as resource
Break to discover ancient uses of oil
Chapter 3 – "Life Choices":
To examine and discover various "life states" to
which God may be calling me
To discuss life states and commitments
Composed of two vowed individuals, three promised, and one
Chapter 4 – "9 to 5":
To examine various professions or occupations, and
seek to discover the ones to which God may be calling
Consider how you spend your time
Complete list of gifts and talents for themselves and
each other – distribute
Discuss gifts and talents others see in you
What occupations for you?
Chapter 5 "Here I am":
To examine various ministries, and seek to discover
ones to which God might be calling me
What does it mean to ‘live out our baptismal call?’
Is all “service” really ministry?
Why am I performing the ministry? For God, for self,
Chapter 5 – Service Project
‘Design and conduct a service project that best utilizes
the Scout’s gifts and talents’
Can be individual or group
Chapter 5 – Service Project (Cont’d)
Should be of some benefit to the Church, society, or the
Should be unique to this program
No specific number of hours required
Report on project – to the group
What they did and Why they did it
What gifts or talents they used in the project
How did they feel about doing the project
What benefit they got out of it
Did they discover or learn anything through the project
Chapter 6 - "A melting Pot":
To examine the Church’s definition of vocation and
how it and God’s call intertwine in an individual’s
daily life through life state, occupation and ministry
What do you feel a priest, religious, and laity is?
Why does the Catholic Church need them?
Why the shortage?
Chapter 7 – "Putting it all together":
To aid the participants in a realization that our faith
and call from God affect our daily life and how our
daily life affects our faith and call from God
Each participant is to select a serious issue currently
faced by the church or society
Research pros and cons, Church’s stance
National Catholic Committee on Scouting
Minsi Trails Catholic Committee on Scouting
has completed the
Pope Pius XII Award
March 14, 2009 ________________________________
Bill Brodniak, Catholic Committee on Scouting