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					       Catholic Committee on Scouting
              Allentown Diocese
              Minsi Trails Council
          http://www.minsiccos.com
                  Bill Brodniak
         brodniak@oncallphoto.com
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   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.




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   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”
     http://www.allentowndiocese.org/
     follow links for Protection of Youth and Protecting God’s Children
    Completed BSA Youth Protection training
     http://www.scouting.org/myscouting/elearning.aspx



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    Counselor attributes
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




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   Purpose of the Program
    •Help Catholic Scouts and Venturers more fully
     develop a Christian way of life within a faith
     community
    •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
     recollection


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   Program Requirements
     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

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   Program Goals
     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.
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   Program duration
     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
      interview feedback’s.




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   Program Completion
     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
       supervisory capacity.
   No changes permitted
   Additional requirements may not be added



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   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?
      (faith growth)




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   Award Presentation
     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




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   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

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   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
      own faith.

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   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




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   Parent’s Role
     Support the Religious Emblems Counselor in his/her role
     Support and encourage their youth’s participation in the
      program
     Make the program a priority




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   Program Structure
     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.




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   Chapter 1 – "In the beginning":
 To examine the individual’s I have chosen to
associate with, and to explain the implications of
those choices.
     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
      Church
     Remember your task is to facilitate not lead or
      control


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   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




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   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



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   Chapter 3 – "Life Choices":
To examine and discover various "life states" to
which God may be calling me
     Panel discussion:
       To discuss life states and commitments
       Composed of two vowed individuals, three promised, and one
        confirmed single




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   Chapter 4 – "9 to 5":
 To examine various professions or occupations, and
seek to discover the ones to which God may be calling
me
     Consider how you spend your time
     Complete list of gifts and talents for themselves and
      each other – distribute
     Split session
     Discuss gifts and talents others see in you
     What occupations for you?


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   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,
      for others?
   Chapter 5 – Service Project
     ‘Design and conduct a service project that best utilizes
      the Scout’s gifts and talents’
     Can be individual or group

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   Chapter 5 – Service Project (Cont’d)
     Should be of some benefit to the Church, society, or the
      general community
     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


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   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?




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   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




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National Catholic Committee on Scouting
        http://www.nccs-bsa.org
        Allentown Diocese
http://www.allentowndiocese.org
Minsi Trails Catholic Committee on Scouting
          http://www.minsiccos.com
        P.R.A.Y.
http://www.praypub.org
           Congratulations!

    _______________________
        has completed the
       Pope Pius XII Award
        Counselor Training

March 14, 2009     ________________________________
                         Bill Brodniak, Catholic Committee on Scouting
                                        Allentown Diocese

				
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